Apply for a Short Film Festival Travel Grant

We offer grants to help short filmmakers and VR makers travel to international festivals where their work is being screened.

The Bicycle Thief (2019), directed by Kerry Skinner

Covid-19: Travel grants have re-opened

Autumn/winter 2020 - Please note that while many international events are still suspended we have cautiously re-opened our Travel Grant application process. If you have been invited to attend a key festival in person please make an application or email

We are in regular communication with a range of Festival partners over their plans to stage events, virtually or in real life. Have a look at our regularly updated document here to see who is doing what.

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 film festivals and events

Short filmmakers, as well as makers producing virtual reality / immersive storytelling experiences and installations, can apply for travel grants to attend international film festivals and events where their work is being screened.

Our grants help you present your work abroad, develop new networks, reach new audiences and increase the exposure of new UK film and film talent internationally.

  • Grants range from £100 to a maximum of £1,500.
  • Grants offer a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs, but may not always cover the full cost of attendance.
  • Applicants screening in European festivals can expect a smaller grant than those screening in festivals which require a long haul journey.
  • All grants are based on a UK starting destination.


  • Applications can be made by a project's director, producer or writer, who must be aged 18 or above.
  • 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.
  • The film or project must be a UK production / co-production.
  • The film or project must be no more than 60 minutes long.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of three grants.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of one grant per festival.

Access and support

If you have specific access needs please talk to us about what additional help may be available to Short Film Festival Travel Grant recipients – for example additional funds to facilitate travel with a BSL interpreter or access worker.

How to apply

Before you begin, download and read the Short Film Festival Travel guidelines.

If you're eligible to apply, it shouldn't take longer than ten minutes to complete your application. You will need:

  • a copy of your festival acceptance letter or email
  • an online link to your film, and password if applicable.

In partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) NETWORK

The Short Film Festival Travel Grant is a partnership between the BFI NETWORK and the British Council.

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