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Information on funding available for short films in the UK including funding schemes and screen agencies.

Funding: Info on where to find it

Britfilms: funding
Britfilms lists the screen agencies, the schemes, the television funds etc. A must read.

MEDIA is a support programme of the European Union for the Film, TV and New Media industries. They can provide development or distribution funding for independent production and distribution companies as well as financial assistance for training providers and organisers of markets and festivals. Individuals may also benefit from subsidised places on training courses and international markets.

Netribution: funding
The UK finance handbook on how to fund your film.

Shooting People: Get Your Short Film Funded, Made
Published by filmmaking community, Shooting People, this book deals specifically with queries on how to fund your film, which distributing outlets to chase and provides overall suggestions to help you manoeuvre through the creativity and confusion of the new shorts landscape. You can download the first chapter for free.

The Film Centre
Useful and informative overview on most of the UK's funding projects.

Funding Schemes

B3 Media: Blank Slate
Funded by B3 media and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund*, the Blank Slate digital short filmmaking project offers funding of up to £9000 (for a ten-minute short) by black and minority ethnic filmmakers from across the UK. The scheme hopes to encourage diversity in film production and filmmaking talent.
(*the fund may be affected by the announced closure of the UKFC)

Maya Vision: The Short Film Completion Fund
Maya Vision International along with the New Cinema Fund have developed a fund of £50000 to support filmmakers and production companies in securing vital funds for the completion of short film projects that have already been shot but lack the funds to finish. The Completion Fund has now expanded to two calls per year allowing up to 14 short films to be completed in a year.(*the fund may be affected by the announced closure of the UKFC)

The Wellcome Trust
Funding is also available from the UK's largest medical research charity. The Wellcome Trust Arts Award is a new funding scheme that aims to encourage original and imaginative arts projects inspired by biomedical science, including short films.

The Satyajit Ray Foundation
Held in honour of one of India's most famous filmmakers, the Satyajit Ray competitions are available for short and feature films. Entrants must be resident of or studying in the UK with films no longer than 30 minutes. The prize for best short is £1500.

UK Jewish Film Festival: The Short Film Fund
A grant of up to £15000 available for the production of a short film or video with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general public audiences. The scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in UK.

For an idea of some of the short film schemes that occasionally pop up, check out the BBC New Music Shorts. This was a scheme run by Film Network in conjunction various record labels (Warp, Ninja Tune, etc.) to produce music-inspired short films. The results can be seen here:

BBC New Music Shorts 2006
BBC New Music Shorts 2007
BBC New Music Shorts 2008

See also our Related Links: Competitions & Production Schemes

Funding: UK Film Council

UK Film Council: Funding schemes
The UK Film Council is the main funding body for a short and feature films in the UK. They provide funding for film production and training. Their funds are channelled through a number of schemes via each regional screen agency. Below are the main funding schemes and agency listings.
**Please note it has recently been announced that the UKFC will cease operating in April 2012, when the BFI will assume the majority of its responsibilities. More information about this will be included here when it becomes available.**

Digital Shorts/ Digital Shorts Plus: UK Wide
Made in partnership with the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and Strategic Partners from across the UK, Digital Shorts and Digital Shorts Plus enable filmmakers to make innovative shorts using digital technology. Digital Shorts Plus is for directors who have already made a Digital Short and who want to move up to the next level of innovation and creativity in their filmmaking. Digital Shorts films must run up to 10 minutes and can receive up to £12000 budget whilst Plus films can be budgeted up to £18,000.** See our note above about closure of UKFC.**

Pulse/ Pulse Plus: Film London
Film London's version of the Digital Shorts/Digital Shorts Plus, the Pulse scheme is open to new talent in the London region and like digital shorts is out to produce a new generation of filmmakers who use digital technology creatively to tell stories in groundbreaking ways. At least 8 films will be commissioned every year. The budget range is £2000-£10000. PULSE PLUS is a single annual award for filmmakers who have previously made a Pulse short or similar. ** See our note above about closure of UKFC.**

Cinema Extreme: UK Wide
From 2002 to 2009 Channel 4 partnered with the New Cinema Fund and The Bureau to produce up to four films a year. The scheme is no longer running, but Channel 4/Film4 do occasionally fund short films, often with the same sensibility (challenging, disturbing) that marked out the Cinema Extreme shorts. As there is no longer a central scheme to apply to, it's difficult to advise how to obtain such funding.

Screen Agencies

Creative England
Details about funding opportunities from Creative England and its three regional hubs (which replace the nine screen agencies) will become available on the Creative England website in due course.

Creative Scotland
Replaces Scottish Screen as the main funding body for Scotland.

Northern Ireland Screen
Northern Ireland Screen, formerly NIFTC, is the National Screen Agency for Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Screen administers and allocates various funds for the development and production of the moving image, including feature film, shorts, animation, documentaries, television drama series and new media.

Film Agency for Wales
The sole agency for film in Wales, the agency's aim is to facilitate the emergence of a viable and sustainable Welsh film industry.

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