Lighthouse and BFI announce Short Film Fund
BFI Shorts 2012 is an exciting new scheme to help a broad range of creative talent make outstanding short films showing they are ready to make the transition to feature films. It is open to directors, writers and producers who have a strong track record of making work which demonstrates a distinct voice and compelling storytelling ability.
The scheme welcomes submissions from talent working across a wide variety of creative disciplines, including film, TV drama, theatre, online drama, commercials, documentaries and artists' film and video. Applicants should show how their short film proposal complements their longer term career progression into making feature films.
BFI Shorts 2012 will support up to 20 live action shorts, each with a duration of 10 – 30 minutes and with budgets ranging from £25,000 to £50,000. The films will be fully funded by the BFI and will be delivered by the end of December 2012.
Emily Kyriakides, Programme Producer at Lighthouse, is working in partnership with Nicky Bentham of Neon Films, who co-produced Duncan Jones’ BAFTA award winning Moon, and development producer Becca Ellson to oversee the selection and executive production of the films made through the scheme.
Lighthouse was selected to manage BFI Shorts 2012 in recognition of its exceptional hands-on work with UK filmmakers, and the successful delivery of schemes such as BBC Drama Shorts and Guiding Lights, the UK’s leading film mentoring programme, which connects film talent with some the industry's biggest names, including Sam Mendes, Tim Bevan, Barbara Broccoli and Kenneth Branagh.
For details about the BFI Shorts 2012 application and selection process, please see:
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 23 March 2012.
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