27 Jun 2017

How to get funding and support for your short film

 

We know you’re a innovative bunch, never short of creativity or motivation, but having an idea for a short film is just the beginning. Funding is an important (and often dreaded) aspect of the making of any short film. If you’re thinking about creating a short film or have one already made that you need funding for,we’ve pulled together a few initiatives from different organisations that’ll definitely help you complete your film making process.

If you’re quick you’ll still have time to get your film made and enter it into TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 before our final deadline of 15th September! Visit http://tfsff.com/submissions/


The Pitch

The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce Short Film Festival and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced. Filmmakers have the opportunity to win £3000 towards their short film project, as well as the support of experienced producers from ShortsTV. Plus, it’s free to enter!

How to apply: filmfreeway.com/festival/TriForceShortFilmFestivalandShortsTVPresentThePitch
Submission deadline: 7 July

Film London has just opened applications for its short film schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus, which provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers. Filmmakers selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring, with the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes. Previous London Calling alumni have gone on to screen their short films at world-renowned festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Tribeca, as well as earning BAFTA nomination, a Berlin Crystal Bear and BIFA award.

This year they are championing diverse film-making voices more than ever, with 7 funding awards being specifically designated for writers and directors from BAME backgrounds.

How to apply: filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts  
Submission deadline: 25 July 2017

 

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.

How to apply: www.generafilms.com/en/
Submission deadline: 30 June. However funding rounds run quarterly, so you can apply again soon after.

 

The JBA’s are a talent development programme that provide financial assistance of between £1000 and £5000 to individuals working behind the scenes in film and TV.

JBAs provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in developing their career. Difficulties faced by JBA recipients in the past have included lack of finances, accident and illness.

How to apply: apply.ctbf.co.uk/entrant/index.php 
Submission deadline: 31 July

If there are any other initiatives you may have come across, let us know as we always want to share the best opportunities with our network! Simply email info@thetcn.com