Short Support Scheme
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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:
- Short Film Travel Grants to support international travel to our key festivals list
- Inclusion of work on our online UK Shorts Portal
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 automativally be accepted onto the Short Support Scheme.
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10th April 2019Travel Grants
Apply for a short film travel grant
We offer grants to help short-filmmakers travel to international festivals where work is being screened
Funding to attend international film festivals and events
Short filmmakers and filmmakers producing virtual reality / immersive storytelling experiences and installations can apply for funding to attend premier international film festivals and events where their work has been invited to screen.
Present your work abroad, develop new contact networks, reach new audiences and increase the exposure of new UK film and film talent internationally.
- Awards will range from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £1500, but will not normally be in excess of £750.
- Grants are often a contribution towards future travel and accommodation costs, but may not always cover the full cost of attendance.
- Successful applicants screening in European festivals can expect a smaller grant than those screening in festivals which require a long haul journey.
If you have specific access needs please talk to us about what additional help may be available to Travel Grant recipients – for example additional funds to facilitate travel with a BSL interpreter or access worker.
- Applications can be made by a director, producer or writer, aged 18 years old or older.
- All applicants must have had their short film / project selected by at least one of the festivals on the British Council’s Key Festivals List, and must provide evidence of festival selection.
- Film or project must be a UK production / co-production.
- Film or project must be no more than 60 minutes long.
- Each film or project can receive a maximum of 3 grants.
Please note: If you have specific access needs please talk to us about what additional help may be available to Travel Grant recipients – for example additional funds to facilitate travel with a BSL interpreter or access worker.
How to apply
This application should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. You will need:
- a copy of your festival acceptance letter or email
- an online link to your film, and password if applicable
Download this PDF for full application instructions.
In partnership with the BFI
The Travel Grant Fund is in partnership with the BFI and British Council Film. British Council Film manage the application process for travel grants.
For detailed information on the Travel Grant Fund and how to apply please download and read these guidelines.
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 UKShortsportal.picturepipe.net.
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 London, National Film and Television School, Northern Ireland Screen, Royal College of Art, Scottish Documentary Institute, Ffilm Cmryu Wales, London Film School, Oska Bright Film Festival, Shorts TV, BFI 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 Films@britishcouncil.org
9th April 2019More Resources for filmmakers
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’.
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.