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British Council Film is committed to showcasing new UK film talent to audiences around the world and has a long tradition of supporting new and emerging filmmaking talent.

The British Council Short Support Scheme

British Council Film's Short Support Scheme exists to support UK-based filmmakers to show their work internationally.

Benefits of the scheme include:

How to join the Short Support Scheme

If your short film has been accepted into a festival on this list, you can make an application to us for a travel grant and will automatically be accepted onto the Short Support Scheme.

Click here to download a detailed list of Short Support Scheme FAQs.

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BFI NETWORK supports our joint Travel Fund

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  • 10th April 2019Travel Grants: Festivals and Labs

    We offer two different types of travel grants in parternship with BFI NETWORK.

    1) Short Film Festival Travel Grants

    If your short film or VR/Immersive storytelling project has been accepted into one of the festivals on our Key Festivals List, you can apply for a travel grant to help you get there. Full Ts&Cs about the Short Film Festival Grants are available here. Once you've read these through, you can make your application here.

    2) Lab Travel Grants

    In 2019/2020 we are excited to launch a new pilot travel grant scheme, designed to support new and emerging filmmakers to attend international training labs. If you are accepted onto one of our Key Labs (see list below*), take a read of our Lab Grant Ts&Cs, then make an application here.

    Please note, our Key Labs List and Key Festivals List are both subject to change.

    Our Travel Grants are designed to act as contributions towards travel and accommodation costs. If you have any questions, please contact us:

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  • 10th April 2019Shorts Portal

    The UK Shorts Portal

    An online screening platform designed to showcase the best new work from across the UK, exclusively for short film professionals.

    Buyers and festival programmers looking for new UK graduate shorts, breakthrough talent, pioneering animations or inspiring documentaries can now gain exclusive access to view new work by simply registering online at

    Once accepted onto the Shorts Support scheme a filmmaker's work can be added to the portal.

    The portal currently showcases:

    • More than 160 brand new shorts from our current partners
    • British Council programmer picks from participants on our Shorts Support Scheme
    • Highlights from British Council touring packages and programmes
    • Award winners from the last year

    Our current partners include: Film LondonNational Film and Television School,   Northern Ireland Screen, Royal College of ArtScottish Documentary InstituteFfilm Cmryu WalesLondon Film SchoolOska Bright Film FestivalShorts TVBFI NET.WORK

    Please note: this service is for the use of industry professionals working as curators, festival programmers and short film buyers only. We cannot allow access for individual filmmakers or production companies due to the agreement we have with participating content providers on the site. If you're not sure if you qualify for access to the Portal do contact us at


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  • 9th April 2019More Resources for filmmakers

    Film Directory

    Our British Film Directory is for shorts, too, and is an incredible tool for increasing exposure of new and existing film work to programmers and audiences around the world. 

    To submit your film to the directory, you can ‘suggest a New Film’.

    Short Sighted

    There are a number of questions that come up regularly for short filmmakers who want to get their work seen. In response we decided to address many of them by staging Short Sighted, a joint conference produced by British Council, BAFTA and Shooting People.

    The conference is designed to help filmmakers to navigate the world of exhibition and distribution once they have completed a short film and actually get that film seen. Short Sighted brings together a range of experts from the worlds of distribution, exhibition and film promotion, together with fellow filmmakers who have trodden the path before you.