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09 Jan 2019

Fund your film in 2019

The mince pies are all gone, the decorations have been put away for another year, and it’s time to start thinking about your plans for 2019!

If those plans include making a short film, you’re going to be facing the uphill task of finding funding. Now, we all know these days it’s possible to make a short on your phone for the price of a packet of biscuits, but if you want a somewhat larger budget to play with and more impressive results, you need to find a little bit of money to help you out. 

We did a similar post back in 2018 and it was one of most popular blogs, so we’re updating the details for you and making sure you’ve got all the info you need!


The starting place for many short filmmakers looking for funding, crowdfunding sites such as IndieGogo and KickStarter boast impressive success stories such as The Veronica Mars film which raised over £4m.

But for every success story there are many projects that fail to achieve their goals, so make sure you do your research and put a lot of effort into your campaign! We could write so much more about this, but we found a useful blog from Mandy.com that you can check out for more guidance. Click here to read more.

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE

If you came to the TriForce Short Film Festival in 2018, you’ll be aware of the grants being offered to short filmmakers by Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor. We ran a live pitch session with him and his Grant Director Charles Kay, but they do accept direct applications as well.

What They’re Looking For: Films which show originality. They’re not as interested in ‘issue-based’ films, but look for projects with a really strong story, whether that’s comedy or drama. They also want to see an entrepreneurial approach from filmmakers, preferably with some funding already in place, and if possible with some high profile talent (either in front or behind the camera) attached to the project.

How to Apply: There is no standard template to apply. You need to send them as much information as you can, in an attractive and easily readable format. Think about creating a ‘pitch pack’ with lots of images containing the key information. If you’d had previous producing/directing experience, then make sure you mention it. Include a script if there is one. And don’t forget the budget, showing not just how you’ll spend the money, but also where it’s coming from. Be very clear about how much you’re asking for. Simply send this information to charles@satprivateoffice.com

Timeframe: You can apply at any time – however please be aware that they receive a huge amount of applications and will only respond to those they’re interested in.

Genera Films

Genera Films is a new way of funding short film. You can apply for up to £5000 funding in their regular funding rounds. You pay a small fee to enter (between £25-45 depending on how early you apply), and if you win the funding there are no strings attached.

What they’re looking for: On their website they say they look at:

  • The strength of the story and vision.
  • Previous work and/or experience of applicant.
  • The viability of the project budget and production.

How to Apply: You apply through their website https://www.generafilms.com/. If you’re shortlisted you’ll be asked to provide further information.

Timeframe: There are up to 4 regular funding rounds per year, as well as frequent ‘snap’ rounds to win specific prizes like equipment hire etc.. The current round has a deadline of 31 March.

Discount: Use the discount code Gen25Tri to get 25% off the entry fee.

John Brabourne Awards

The John Brabourne Awards are administered by the Film and TV Charity (formerly the CTBF). They are offered twice a year. They are a talent development programme that supports emerging talent in UK Film and TV with financial grants. They offer up to £5000 for each grant.

What they’re looking for: The awards are quite broad, and not just for film funding, so make sure you read the information on their website carefully to make sure what you’re asking for fits their criteria.

How to Apply: You apply through their website: https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/supporting-talent/john-brabourne-awards/

Timeframe: Applications are now open, the deadline is 31st January. If you miss this one, there will be another round with a deadline of 31st July.

BFI Network

The BFI offers short film and early development feature funding through its regional hubs. The London based scheme ‘London Calling’ operated by Film London, is now part of this programme.

What they’re looking for: They support standalone short films and this can include projects that have the potential, further down the line, to be developed into other forms or formats (e.g. a feature film, content in serial form, etc.). The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length and they can provide up to £15,000 of funding, but shorter work at lower budget levels is very welcome. The BFI want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.

How to Apply: You can apply through their website: https://network.bfi.org.uk/funding-available. Make sure you read the guidelines thoroughly!

Timeframe: You can apply at any time, however it can be quite a long process, so don’t leave it till the last minute!

09 Nov 2017

Announcing the Shortlisted Films for TriForce Short Film Festival 2017!

Official Press Release:

The shortlist of films for the 2017 TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) has been announced at an exclusive launch at the BFI, Stephen Street. This morning, TFSFF also announces the final four films selected for the ‘Best of the Fest’ award, to be screened at a red carpet Gala event at BAFTA on 2nd December.

Now celebrating its sixth year, TFSFF recognises and supports emerging diverse talent and helps film-makers access opportunities to further their careers. The competition continues to showcase the diverse range of UK filmmaking talent with a high number of BAME and female producers, directors, cast and crew across all the shortlisted films. This year the festival has seen a huge increase in submissions from female directors and 56 percent of the short-listed entries for TFSFF were created by female film-makers.

The 16 shortlisted films will be screened at the festival at BAFTA to an audience of peers and key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development prizes as well as a cash prize to contribute to their next project.

The four ‘Best of the Fest’ finalists were selected from the shortlist by a panel of industry stalwarts including director Neil Biswas, writer John Byrne, BBC Assistant Commissioner Jay Davidson, Shiver’s Michelle Matherson, Carter Pilcher, CEO of Shorts TV, renowned Executive Producer Alexander Gardiner, acclaimed actor Indira Varma and Professor Stefan Allesh-Taylor CBE. They are:

Twiddly Things

In this short, animated film, director Adara Todd offers an in-depth view Alzheimer’s  as the subject shares intimate details on how dementia impacted her existence. Twiddly Things follows an emotional journey as Polly takes you back to key moments in her past and explains how she feels when she starts to forget.


A group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, join together to form a suicide prevention group. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city’s streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. This short documentary film, directed by Mia Mullarkey, accompanies the drivers at night and witness their world of rescues and revelations.


Steve Brett’s Abe is a heartfelt story of love and loss. The short film follows the struggle of Abe, a reclusive, mentally ill, homeless man as he tries to make sense of his life on the streets of Los Angeles.



A suicidal farmer’s life hangs in the balance as he waits for it to rain, in this powerful drama from Simran Sidhu. A Punjabi language short film, RAIN takes you on an intense journey and stars Yashpal Sharma from the Oscar-nominated Lagaan.


Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce said; “It’s been incredibly hard to choose this year’s shortlist because once again, the quality of entrants was so strong. We’ve been working towards a more inclusive industry both on and off screen since we launched the Triforce Short Film Festival six years ago and are so proud to be at the forefront of the movement for greater diversity in film and TV.”

Each year, TFSFF partners each category screening of the 16 shortlisted films across the day with seminars led by leading industry professionals focused on current issues within the TV and film industry and career development. For this first time this year, practical workshops will also be offered, including post production career advice from Rapid Pictures, a camera workshop with Paul McCallum (Escape to the Chateau) and a workshop focusing on crew and talent contracts with market leader Sargent-Disc Ltd.

All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 are as follows:

Microshorts category (films under five minutes):

  • Twiddly Things
  • Cleared
  • Beneath the Surface
  • In Time

‘Untold Stories’ category (Non-scripted Films):

  • Throwline
  • Sabdhan
  • Another Sunny Day
  • Strive

‘Secrets’ category (Scripted Films):

  • Abe
  • Brixton Rock
  • Fry Up
  • Prawn

‘Reflections’ category (Scripted Films):

  • Rain
  • Candice
  • Amber
  • I Seek Asylum

Film information: Please see the TFSFF website for more information on all the films.

Tickets: Visit tfsff.com/schedule-2017/ to purchase a ticket for the festival.

The full schedule for the day can be found here.

Ticket prices are kept as low as possible to enable people from all walks of life to attend. A day pass gives access to all seminars, screenings, workshops and the expo, while cheaper individual screening and seminar tickets are also available.


03 Nov 2017

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE commits £1 million to support diversity and inclusion in the UK short film industry


We’re very excited to announce that TriForce Creative Network will be working with Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, on his newly launched £1m fund for short film.

UK based philanthropist, executive producer of multi-award winning short films and TriForce Short Film Festival partner and judge, Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE has announced he is committing £1 million to short films with the aim of supporting diversity and inclusion in the UK film industry, and promoting upcoming talent from across the UK.

Allesch-Taylor commented: ‘It’s about promoting diversity and inclusion in the UK film industry at this critical time. It’s about producing short films which showcase best in class talent. The UK is proudly multi-cultural and if there’s any doubt about that remember there are over 300 languages spoken in this country.  I don’t think the news cycle has ever been more daunting than it is now – much of which is being driven by what divides us. Supporting diversity and inclusion in all walks of British life has never been more important. The film industry has been in the spotlight recently and frankly it’s clear to everyone it needs a serious and meaningful shake up.  Promoting diversity and inclusion has to be a key part of that.’

He continues: ‘Helping filmmakers get their first break, or to be able to take the next step in their careers, is really rewarding and by focusing on short films the filmmakers and talent are under real pressure to make an impression in a structured and professional way. We have no preconceived ideas of the type of short films we’ll back and I think that’s what makes it interesting for my team. It’s a continuation of what we’re already doing. I want to get the message out there now to go beyond the borders of my immediate network and open up the opportunity to all UK talent.  I’m interested in a completely transparent approach to promoting talent on its own merit alone. These grants will ensure the integrity of that process.’

The money will be administered by Allesch-Taylor’s team which will work alongside talent development organisation TriForce Creative Network, the organisers of the annual TriForce Short Film Festival.

While there are no strict guidelines for eligibility, the grants will typically range between £5,000 and £20,000, and will primarily be awarded to UK projects.

 ‘I don’t care what background you have, if you are in the film industry in the UK, then we all need to be thinking about the issues of diversity and inclusion in a genuine and positive way right now.’

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE will be attending the TriForce Short Film Festival on 2 December, as judge and partner. To see the festival schedule and buy tickets, visit tfsff.com/schedule-2017

Get in touch

Expressions of interest from filmmakers, please contact Charles Kay: charles@satprivateoffice.com
(Please include: Short Films Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE in the subject line).

Twitter: @stefanmeansbiz

19 Oct 2017

In Discussion With: Professor Stefan-Allesch Taylor CBE


Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE is a British entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive producer.  Stefan has executive produced 15 shorts and is a Judge and Partner of the Best of Fest Award for TriForce Short Film Festival 2017. We caught up with Stefan ahead of the Festival…

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE

How did you get into the film industry?

I was always a keen film lover, however I didn’t get involved in the industry until 2008. A friend suggested I became an executive producer of Africa United, the British comedy about a group of Rwandan children who travel 3,000 miles across Africa to get to the World Cup in South Africa. After chatting with director Debs Gardner-Paterson, I felt inspired enough to get involved. Instead of going on to make more features after Africa United, I switched my attention to shorts. Once I chose to engage in film I decided I would rather support film makers and talent that are ‘on their way’ with a focus on what I hope is broadly seen as ‘quality’ film making.

What drives you to want to work in film?

For me, helping emerging filmmakers from as many backgrounds as possible (I won’t say ‘young’ because age is no barrier) is part of creating a more inclusive society. I think the need for that has never been greater than now for a host of reasons.  Hence my involvement with TriForce, a short film festival that champions diversity, bringing together emerging film-makers with industry movers and shakers. This year I’m proud to be a judge and partner of TFSFF. I don’t care what ethnicity or nationality you are, if you are in the film industry in this country then we all need to be making a stand in an industry we all love but recognise is in serious need of reform across a broad spectrum.


The winning team of TFSFF 2016 had the opportunity to pitch their next project to you. Can you explain the pitching process and most importantly, what are you looking for?

It’s a good question, but to be frank the pitching process is very much in the hands of the director and actors – it’s creative so by its very nature I avoid any kind of format that may ‘box them in’ to fit any preconceived ideas I may have.


You’ve continued to work with last year’s winning team, Glow, and are funding their next short film. What stood out to you about their next project?

I’m not telling you!  Spoiler alert, wait for the short to be premiered.


What makes a short film successful in your opinion?

My advice in making a short film could go on for days. If I try to simplify it I would say don’t be afraid of silence! Talking heads don’t work very well, pedestrian scene setting dialogue should be dropped for great visuals, a look can say much more than words. Embrace music and scenery and make your characters memorable. We don’t have much time to get to know the characters and care about their story. You must avoid predictability, be unpredictable in the first minute and in the last minute.This last piece of advice is controversial – and very much ‘one man’s opinion’ but try to end on an upbeat note if you can! In my experience even in the darkest places of humanity hope can be found, and leaving an audience with a sense of hopelessness isn’t for everyone!

Stefan will be presenting the Best of Fest award at TFSFF at BAFTA on 2 December. Book your tickets for the festival at tfsff.com

Follow Stefan: https://twitter.com/StefanMeansBiz


08 Oct 2017

Fund Your Short Film With Genera


You’ve got an idea for a short, you’ve got your team around you raring to go and now all you need is the money to get started. Getting film funding can be a difficult process, which is why we’ve set up a relationship with Genera, to help you showcase your short film just in time to submit for the TFSFF.

Genera provide an alternative way for short filmmakers to achieve funding worldwide. You pay a one-off fee (per project), the films are shortlisted by the Genera team and you can receive up to £5,000 funding. It’s straightforward and doesn’t take commission like you would get with crowdfunding. New for Autumn 2017: Genera now have a partnership with ProCam and are offering the winning filmmakers £28,400 worth of equipment to make their films.

We spoke to Genera Founder and CEO Christian Parton:

Why did you set up Genera?

Having seen and experienced the struggle to fund Short Films I knew there had to be an alternative way to receive funding – A way that didn’t require a lengthy audition process or loss of creative control when applying through film bodies, or the challenges of setting up a crowdfunding page! Genera was set up to provide a ‘no strings attached’ funding platform for Short Filmmakers.

Why should someone choose Genera to fund their film instead of alternative methods? 

Genera is about serving the filmmaker. Of course, there are other options available, however, you’re inevitably faced with costly fees, lack of creative control and loss of valuable time. At Genera, we support passionate, creative short filmmakers without any of these obstacles. Funding is awarded quarterly and submissions are open 365 days a year. We also have a growing list of partners who provide our filmmakers with incredible deals and offers not to be missed. All of this from a modest one-off submission fee.

What stands out to you in a submission?

At Genera, we are looking for passion and creative flare. Where the filmmaker is passionate about their project, it never fails to shine through. We look for diverse and exciting projects filled with potential.


TriForce Short Film Festival are a registered partner of Genera,  meaning you can receive £5 off your submission fee, making it £15 to enter instead of £20.

The funding round is currently open and you can apply with discount code: Gen25Tri

Click here to find out more about applying for funding.


18 Aug 2017

Best of Fest 2016 Winners Discuss Festival Experience

We caught up with the Liam Darby, cast member of TFSFF 2016 Best of Fest winning film, Glow.
Glow was celebrated for its compelling story about how light can be found in even the darkest of times, following Elijah and his journey with a brain tumour. The team won a cash prize and the opportunity to pitch their next film idea to TFSFF supporter and sponsor, Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. Stefan loved the idea and has been working with the team on their next project. 

How long did it take you to create Glow? Why was telling this story important to you and what’s the reaction been like?

Glow was created over the summer of 2015. We began writing in April and filmed in August, completing the film around November. The story was an important part of Team Glow’s personal experiences as within the team of producers, we had all experienced the subject matter of cancer in some form, whether through close family members or friends. We also felt telling a story about young and diverse people was important, conveying in particular friendships that prevail through times of difficulty. The reaction has been positive and seemingly, people have been able to connect to the poignancy and relate-ability of the piece. As filmmakers, we wanted to create something unique that represented the light that can be found within these difficult times.

GlowHad you applied for many other festivals? What made TriForce Short Film Festival stand out to you? 

We had applied to various festivals and had success, particularly in the smaller ones. After this success, we decided to apply to TriForce Short Film Festival after researching the TCN and also attending the previous year. The atmosphere of the festival and the availability of information on the day, is something that is easily accessible and of value to filmmakers looking to make their way within the film industry.

How did it feel to win the Best of the Fest?

Honestly, it was a complete surprise. We were excited that we became one of the four finalists and to win was a particularly great feeling, gaining recognition for something we had put so much work into. There were an exceptionally high level of quality short films entered into the festival, so, it made winning an even better achievement for the team.

How was it meeting with Stefan? How has the relationship developed after the festival?

Stefan is an incredibly likeable guy. He has a clear passion for film and pushed for our film to win when it came down to the final decision. It is great to know that someone, although subjectively, chose your film to win. We were given an opportunity to pitch to Stefan with a new short film idea and have been working tirelessly on our next project. We believe this is the beginning of a relationship, that will continue with potential future projects and ultimately a   source of advice for us as new filmmakers.

The Glow Team with Best of Fest partner Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE (left)

What advice would you give to other filmmakers looking to create their own short? 

There are so many festivals out there and you will succeed and be able to showcase your talent if you have made something that is unique. Budget doesn’t have to be a constraint however the story or idea must be strong. Fees range within festivals but look for the free ones and others like TriForce that will really promote your film. We created a poignant story within a 12 minute short and we believe that is one of the reasons we were voted as winners. It can also be anything from a minute so it is worth filming something even if you can only achieve a small budget. Ideally, ensure it has a passion behind it and says something you want it to say. Make it unique and tell that story.

What would you say to filmmakers thinking of entering this year’s TriForce Short Film Festival?

The festival is like a home hub of information and like minded people wanting to progress into the industry. It has grown over time and we believe it is now an influential festival within the circuit. It can open up doors or point you in the direction to open them up for yourselves. If you can produce something that gets into the festival, it is a great accolade. To progress as a finalist, or even win the festival is also a great opportunity to push forward as filmmakers.

Tell us more about what you’re working on currently. 

As a team, we are currently working on another short film. We have been lucky enough to source funding using the connections of TriForce and this will be filmed later this year, hopefully achieving future success on the festival circuit. As individuals, we are made up of writers, directors and actors so are also working on our own projects including a web-series, theatre piece and another short film.

To apply for TriForce Short Film Festival 2017, visit http://tfsff.com/submissions/. Submissions close on 15 September. 

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