Shorts Support Scheme

What's it all about?

From an 11-year-old girl who adopts her dead father’s pigeons, to a man trapped inside a building with a thousand clones of himself, the UK’s short films are filled with magic and mystery. If you’re one of the brains behind them, you’ll want to learn more about the Shorts Support Scheme.

In partnership with the British Council, the scheme helps you promote your short film all over the world, make new contacts within the industry and alongside the travel grant even help you get to the festivals it’s been nominated for. Toronto, Venice, Cannes, Sundance – if you’ve got the talent, we’ll help you get the tickets.

As of August 2016 we also support Virtual Reality projects at festivals marked VR on the Key Festivals List.

How do I enter?

If your short film has already been shortlisted for any of the Key Festivals supported by the scheme then you’ll automatically qualify to be part of the scheme and be eligible to apply to the Travel Grant Fund. As easy as that. You can find a downloadable PDF list of over 50 Festivals currently covered (PDF).

As part of the scheme you’ll be entitled to an 18-month membership that will help you:

  • promote your film to festivals around the world
  • screen your film in selected London previews
  • make new contacts at quarterly networking events
  • receive priority tickets to film events
  • travel to film festivals that you’ve been nominated for.

To apply for the Travel Grant Fund make sure you read the guidelines then submit your application form here.

Where can I go?

The exact list of Key Festivals (PDF) does vary slightly from year to year, but there are plenty to choose from. It’s split into two groups, with some of the more well-known and established festivals given priority funding over the smaller ones.

How much will I get?

The travel grants are designed to help towards the cost of travel and accommodation at the festivals, so how much you’ll receive obviously depends on where you’ve been nominated. Previous grants have been in the region of £100 – £1000.

When’s the deadline?

The Travel Grant Fund operates on a rolling basis so you can apply at any time of the year.

What they say

“The British Council have been supportive of my work being screened at international film festivals - my short film Native Son was part of the Short Film Promotion Scheme and I received a number of travel grants to support my attendance at film festivals around the world.”

– Scott Graham, Director, Native Son