BFI Documentary Production Fund

Institution: British Film Institute


The BFI Film Fund is committed to supporting documentary filmmaking, and specifically documentary films with theatrical potential.

In recognition of the greater volume of applicants with theatrical documentary proposals, the current industry interest in the form, and the more specialised consideration that this genre requires, particularly for emerging talent, the BFI considers applications from documentary filmmakers through pitching sessions held three times each year, in London and Sheffield. The panel consists of BFI Film Fund executives, industry experts and peers. All documentary applications for development and production are considered through this process.

In conjunction with the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the BFI invites a short list of applicants to a pitching session and give them the opportunity to present their projects to the panel. Pitching sessions are held in Sheffield in June, and in London in October and February. Funding awards are made three times a year, following each pitching session.

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

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