Short Film Fund

The short film fund allows emerging talent from around the world to test their ideas before embarking on a feature film.

Grants of up to £7,000 / $10,000 are available towards the production costs of all scripted genres and documentary short film content.

The fund can act as a development platform to support short films as a proof of concept for feature films.


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2020 Grant Recipients

The First Flights Short Film Fund is proud to award three short film grants for its first round of funding.

Victoria Thomas - 'House Party'

A woman traumatised by a brutal cultural tradition risks everything to save her niece from suffering the same fate.

Andrew McVicar - 'Lost Ones'

Quinn is a teenage girl with a gift. Jonny’s an ex-soldier hooked on fentanyl. Together they cruise broken Britain selling her gift to the bereaved.

Ross White & Tom Berkeley - 'Irish Goodbye'

Upon finding their late mother’s bucket list, a young man with Down syndrome attempts to stall his relocation by convincing his older brother to carry out all 100 wishes.

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£7,000 Grant

Winning pitches get up to a £7,000 / $10,000 grant

The First Flights Short Film Fund is intended for live action and documentary short films of any genre. Awards will be given to projects which intend to be in production no more than six months after the deadline closes. Awards provided are non-recoupable grants.

Filmmakers will have full creative control of the project but will receive support in submitting the film to festivals and can offer distribution through our partnership with streaming platform BirdBox.Film.

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How It Works

Filmmakers to submit your project information. The window for applications runs twice a year. 2021 opening dates will be April 1st and September 1st.

Project submissions will need to include:

- Project details: title / genre / location / budget / funding amount sought / intended production date

- A logline (up to 30 words)

- A synopsis (250 words)

- A directors vision – creative ideas and information on why the story is important and who it is for (250 words)

- A completed script (no more than 30 pages)

- A biography of the director. Links to the director/writer/producer IMDB pages if available

- A budget (template provided)

- Optional: look book and sizzle reel

Current submission period - early bird fees are £20 per project until April 30th / regular fee are £30 until May 31st / late fees are £40 until June 30th.

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