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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!

Crowdfunding

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!

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