Earls Court Film Festival 2016: Four £1,500 grants available

Following on from the success of the Earl’s Court Short Film Festival in November 2015, four grants of £1,500 for short film makers and screen writers will be available in 2016. Grants will be paid at the end of March 2016. Filming should happen in the spring and summer 2016 to be ready for screening by the beginning of November 2016.

earls courtThe only requirement is that you shoot a large part of the short film in Earls Court, using the streets and squares as backgrounds to your storyline. Also, it would be great if you would consider using part of the redevelopment in Earls Court as a background and Brompton Cemetery too.

The shorts will be screened in Earl’s Court in early November 2016 and in Covent Garden at a date to be agreed in 2016.

The short films can be a thriller, documentary or love story although the Film Festival is open to all your ideas. The short film must be filmed in Earls Court in the main but other locations can be used too. Please note that Earls Court has a colourful, diverse and vibrant history which you can tune into.

Send a CV and project outline/script by FRIDAY 4TH MARCH 2016 to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at .

The Film Festival can assist with:
• Office space in Earls Court which can be used on filming dates
• Audition and rehearsal space
• Support with locations
• Venue and audience in both Earls Court and Covent Garden

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.

Funding for young people’s film making


Into Film is offering grants of up to £10,000 to organisations working with young people aged from 14 to 19.

To be eligible, groups must be working with at least 20 young people not in mainstream education. The grant programme is intended to fund two short films as part of a project that includes extensive film watching and understanding and other activities such as staging mini-festivals, screenings and masterclasses.

Applicants will be required to set up a Film Club at the beginning of their project to support watching and learning activities.

Into Film will accept a maximum of 70 applications for this funding round. Once that number has been reached, the round will close and no further applications will be accepted. If the cap of 70 applications is not met then the round will close at 2pm on Wednesday 7th May 2014.

More information here.