Networking Event for Film Makers and Choreographers: Monday 3 April, London

Big Dance, Channel 4 and the British Council are delighted to host this networking evening to facilitate partnerships for Big Dance Shorts India as part of UK/India 2017, led by the British Council and the Indian High Commission.

This exciting and high-profile platform for UK and Indian filmmakers and choreographers is commissioned by Big Dance, Channel 4, the British Council and is supported by People Dancing and the Mayor of London.

If you’re thinking of applying, have questions about the programme or are interested in meeting potential partners, join us at Rich Mix.

Monday 3 April 2017
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

We’ll be screening some previous Big Dance Shorts and hearing from previous applicants and representatives of British Council, Random Acts/Channel 4 and Big Dance. You’ll have time to meet others who are interested in making an application and seeking partners.

This event is free to attend, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information on Big Dance Shorts India, including guidance notes and an application form, visit the Big Dance Website.

Book your place for the networking event now

New £1 million BFI Diversity Fund

Diversity is a core part of the work that the BFI does and the BFI Diversity Fund is designed to reach out to a wider audience. The new BFI Diversity Standards apply to all applications made for Lottery funding at the Film Fund, and also apply to the BFI Diversity Fund.

The Diversity Fund focuses on specific groups that are currently under-represented within the film industry. We would like to fund film projects or activities that focus on under-representation in the following areas:

Sexual orientation
Low socio-economic status
Activity outside of London

BFIdiversityThe Fund exists to meet the BFI’s core aim of recognising and acknowledging the value and quality of difference. It will support people and projects that are highly likely to have an impact on the diversity of the British film industry; these can be one-off, short-term or time-limited, or take place over a longer period of time.

The BFI Diversity Fund closes in March 2017. There are no deadlines for applications to this Fund.

The minimum amount an applicant can apply for is £1,000. The maximum amount for an individual is £10,000. For an organisation, the maximum amount is £30,000. The total amount available for the fund is £1 million.

For more information about the Diversity Fund and how to make applications, visit the BFI website.

Short film funding from Earls Court Community Trust

earls courtThe Earls Court Community Trust wants to produce its first short film which will be screened at the Portobello Film Festival. The Trust is looking for aspiring film makers and writers to work with and it will support the short film project with a grant of between £1,000 and £3,500. The film will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival in either 2015 or 2016 depending on completion date.

A thriller, a documentary, a love story…Earls Court Community Trust is open to YOUR suggestions. The short film will need to be at least partly set in Earls Court and the surrounding area, but not limited to this.

As well as a grant, the Trust can provide office space, help with applying for additional funding, actors and rehearsal space.

Submit your ideas or scripts, a budget and a CV to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at .


Entries wanted for Portobello Film Festival

Call for submissions for 2013 Festival: 28 August to 15 September.
Just send in a DVD and form downloaded from

Entry deadline: 21 June 2013.

London film makers of the world get your movies in NOW for a chance to win the £1,000 Prize.