Image credits: © Caspar Benson/fstop/Corbis
Image credits: © Caspar Benson/fstop/Corbis


BFI Shorts is a high-level production scheme that forms part of the BFI’s commitment to support emerging filmmaking talent and provide opportunities for them to demonstrate their potential to create feature films.

Lighthouse was selected to manage the scheme, with Senior Producer, Emily Kyriakides, working in partnership with producer Nicky Bentham of Neon Films, and development producer Becca Ellson to oversee the executive production of the films.

In response to an open call for applications in February 2012, almost 1000 applications were received. Following a rigorous selection process, a number of projects were short-listed and then taken through a period of supported development for the filmmakers to further hone their scripts and project proposals.

In September last year,17 live-action fiction films were selected to receive production funding and support, with budgets of up to £50,000 each. Spanning genres from drama to comedy, thriller to sci-fi, and featuring filmmakers from a range of creative disciplines including film, TV, documentary, commercials and theatre, the ambitious projects were selected for their strength of artistic vision and potential audience appeal.

Of the 17 projects produced through the scheme, half are now complete, with the rest in the late stages of post-production. In July, the first festival premiere of the scheme took place, with SLR screening at Galway Film Fleadh. Further festival selections will be announced soon, so please watch this space.

For further information about the projects and filmmaking teams, please see here.

For updates on the schemes progress please see here.



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