The Film Development and Production Fund exists to offer development and production funding for feature length films and documentaries being made by filmmakers based in Scotland.
This fund can support the following stages of the process:
- Single Project Development Funding: support towards the initial development costs of a single feature film or documentary project.
- Film Production Funding: support towards the production costs for a film or documentary project
The aim of this funding is to support filmmakers who are working in live-action, animation and documentary, to develop a range of feature film projects across all genres that reflect Scotland’s culture, creativity and diversity. We will support projects with international appeal that have the potential to be distinctive, high-quality and commercially and/or creatively-driven. We will also support projects that enable artists and filmmakers to take risks creatively.
The BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot
We have adopted the BFI Diversity Standards, initially as a one year pilot, to encourage a more representative and inclusive Scottish film industry.
During this pilot, the Diversity Standards are a part of the eligibility criteria for all applications to our Film Development and Production Fund from 1 April 2022.
For further details about the Diversity Standards and to download the full guidance document, please visit our BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot page.
To ensure your application meets the eligibility criteria, please read the BFI Diversity Standards guidelines before you complete the Film Development and Production Fund application form.
There are now two separate steps to follow for applications to our Film Development and Production Fund.
- STEP 1: Fill in questions related to your project within the BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland on BFI portal
- STEP 2: Once you have completed STEP 1, you can submit the Screen Scotland application form for Film Development and Production Fund which is available to download below. You don’t need to wait for the BFI response to your submission to apply to Screen Scotland – but you do need to apply to the BFI first.
More information about applying can be found on page 10 of the guidance document which is available to download from the BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot webpage.
After applying to the BFI, please ensure you have read the guidelines and Funding Privacy Notice fully before you complete the the Film Development and Production Fund application form.
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