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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.
As many of our partner Labs have transferred their programmes online, we have now resumed our Lab Travel Grant application process. However, please note that processing times may be slightly longer while the office is closed over the Christmas holiday period.
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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.
Applicants may make a maximum of one application to the Lab Travel Grant Fund within each financial year. Eligible applicants must:
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.
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 will be assessed weekly by the British Council film team according to the eligibility criteria. We will prioritise grants based on the following:
Ace Producers and Animation 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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