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 automatically be accepted onto the Short Support Scheme.
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BFI NETWORK supports our joint Travel Fund
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.
- Ace Producers Lab
- EAVE Labs
- Rotterdam IFFR Lab
- Sam Spiegel Lab
- Sundance Directors Lab
- Torino Film Labs
- Venice Biennale College Cinema Labs
- Zurich Masterclass Lab
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.