The BFI & British Council open expanded travel grant fund

The fund will provide £623,000 over three years to support producers and filmmakers and XR creatives in gaining international exposure for their projects and find opportunities for international collaboration.

The BFI and British Council have launched a new Travel Grant Fund to support filmmakers and producers in attending international industry events around the world. The funding will increase opportunities for independent filmmaking talent to gain international exposure for their new film and virtual reality/immersive storytelling projects at eligible overseas festivals, markets, training/development and co-production events, labs and showcases. The fund also expands upon the current travel grant support provided by the two organisations with new funding for feature length work at festivals and co-production forums.

The new fund, jointly backed by the BFI and the British Council, totals £623,000 over three years (2024-2027) and includes BFI National Lottery funding (through the BFI International Fund and through BFI NETWORK, the latter of which has supported travel grant fund for many years). In providing this essential support, the fund will be supporting both early career filmmakers just starting to build an international profile, and more established talent seeking to increase their success and career sustainability through gaining international presence and developing connections with international counterparts.

The Travel Grant Fund will be managed by the British Council. The BFI has had a partnership with the British Council since 2012 to provide travel grants to new and emerging filmmakers. In supporting more than 750 filmmakers to date, this form of funding is highly regarded within the UK and the international industry for enabling UK talent to attend and present their work at some of the world’s leading festivals and showcases including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, SXSW, Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand and Winterthur. It also enables UK filmmakers and producers to be proactive in seeking new potential international collaborators and partners.

Grants will be a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs, participant fees for labs, training and co-pro forums, and for selected set-up costs related to XR works.

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