BFI Bursary for young filmmakers and artists

The BFI is looking for short films to host on its Vimeo channel as part of the BFI Future Film Young Docs collection. The Vimeo Channel will be a hub for young people across Europe to connect with one another through film, and will be a resource for media professionals and policy makers to see how young people really feel about hot topics before they make important decisions. If you have a documentary or non-fiction film you have made within the last three years submit it to us and you could be a part of this ground-breaking collection.

The documentary bursary 

The BFI is also looking for young filmmakers aged 15 – 25 to work with them on creating new documentaries. Four of the most promising young filmmakers will win a bursary of £400 to make their film as well as mentoring by a professional documentary filmmaker over three months at the BFI. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a bursary is include a pitch for an idea for a new documentary you want to make with your documentary/non-fiction film submission. The pitch should be no longer than 250 words on the theme of “Same, but different”.


The video art bursary 

BFI Future Film and Young Tate Online are looking for young filmmakers and artists aged 16-25 to create new moving image artworks with our support. Six of the most promising moving image artists will be selected, and will win a production bursary of £400 to make a new piece of work. You will also receive mentoring over a three-month period from professional artist and filmmaker Phillip Warnell. To have a chance of winning, you should send a summary of your idea on the theme of “Local Heroes” (250 words maximum), and a short summary of how you would spend the bursary, which should be used for the production of the work. You will also need to send a link to an example of an existing video work you’ve made.

For more details see below.