BFI Future Film Festival

Competition offering financial awards for each winning short film submitted to the Future Film Festival by filmmakers aged 16-25.

This year, £25,000 worth of prizes are available. This will include Blackmagic camera kits. More details will be announced shortly.


Before You Start

This programme is provided by BFI Film Forever. The BFI Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute's annual film festival for young people, are inviting filmmakers aged 16-25 to submit a short film to be considered for inclusion in the 10th Future Film Festival taking place in February 2017.

The applicant's short film must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter.


Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for any restrictions that may apply.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Any filmmaker aged 16-25 can apply whether they are a filmmaking graduate, a YouTube content creator or a media studies student. Both UK and international submissions will be accepted. The film itself should be under ten minutes in length and should have been produced within the last two years. It should be an interesting, original concept with excellent production values and an entertaining subject matter.

Match Funding

Match funding is not a requirement of the scheme.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding will cover costs associated with producing a short film.

How To Apply

This scheme is currently closed. The last deadline for this scheme was 1 November 2016, before 12pm. Information regarding future rounds will be given once available.

Applicants are able to apply to the awards online.

If a film has been longlisted then the applicant will be informed by email or by phone during December 2016. The Future Film Festival will request a downloadable high quality copy of their film. Preferred formats include high quality Quicktime File or DCP. The applicant will then need to provide a detailed list of contributors and will be asked to provide proof of their age.

If a film has been shortlisted then the applicant will be invited to attend the Future Film Festival and will receive free delegate day passes for cast and crew as well as friends and family for the screening selection that their film will feature in. Where possible, it is hoped that all filmmakers who are showcased at the festival will be able to attend.