Apply for a Lab Travel Grant

In partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) NETWORK team, we now offer grants to help filmmakers attend international Labs to develop their projects and careers.

Covid-19: Lab travel grants re-open

Autumn 2020: In the light of a number of Labs working to deliver their programmes virtually, we have now resumed our Lab Travel Grant application process.

Read about the British Council's film activities amid Covid-19 and get details on how to stay connected with us.

Funding to attend international Labs

The scheme is designed to support filmmakers looking to develop skills and networks internationally, and priority is given to those who are yet to make (or who are developing) their first feature.

Launched in 2019, the scheme focuses on eight training and development Labs. The grant offers to contribute towards the cost of course fees, travel and accommodation.

We accept applications from writers, directors and producers, working in genres that meet the eligibility criteria, as well as filmmakers working in virtual reality and immersive storytelling projects, who have been accepted on to one of our ‘Key Labs’ (listed below).

Grants are often a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs,but may not always cover the full cost of attendance.

Eligibility

Applicants may make a maximum of one application to the Lab Travel Grant Fund within each financial year. Eligible applicants must:

  • have been selected by one of the Labs on the British Council’s ‘Key Labs List’ for international Lab Travel Grant pilot programme 2019-20
  • If the Lab is project-based, the selected film or project must be a UK production or co-production.

The fund will not accept applications for retrospective activity, i.e. an application for travel to a Lab that has already taken place when the application is made.

Access and support

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.

Assessment

Applications will be assessed weekly by the British Council film team according to the eligibility criteria. We will prioritise grants based on the following:

  • The applicant is a new and emerging filmmaker. Priority will be given to filmmakers who are yet to make, or in the process of developing, their first feature-length film.
  • A smaller portion of international Lab Travel Grants will allow for support of emerging filmmakers who may have already made a first or second feature, but have clearly expressed how this international training opportunity will help further career ambitions and stability.

Key International Labs List:

Ace Producers and Animation Lab

  • EAVE and EAVE + Labs
  • Rotterdam IFFR Lab
  • Sam Spiegel Lab
  • Sundance Directors Lab and Development Track
  • Torino Film Labs including Torino Extended
  • Venice Biennale College Cinema Labs
  • Zurich Masterclass Lab

Given that this is a relatively new programme and we are still evaluating its impact, we are willing to consider making discretionary grants to Labs not listed above. Please contact Films@britishcouncil.org with details of your Lab.

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