BFI Doc Society



The BFI Doc Society Fund supports and nurtures independent non-fiction film and immersive projects by UK filmmakers, prioritising expansive, director-led storytelling.

BFI NETWORK Filmmaker Mixer @ York

BFI NETWORK North x BFI Doc Society Filmmaker Mixer

Wednesday 7 August 2024, 18:00 - 20:00 // City Screen, York

BFI NETWORK Filmmaker Mixers are informal meet-ups for filmmakers where you can meet other creatives and potential collaborators, connect with the NETWORK teams, and find out about our funds.

For this August event in York, BFI NETWORK North is teaming up with BFI Doc Society. We will be screening work from our fiction and documentary short film funds, and some of our grantees will be there to shed more light on the process. Head of the BFI Doc Society Fund Luke Moody will be there to answer all your doc questions!

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RAD Fund - Online Roundtable

BFI Doc Society RAD Fund - Info Roundtable

Wednesday 14 August 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 // online

This info session is aimed at UK-based directors and producers outside of London. Please do not register if you are London-based.

Join the BFI Doc Society Fund team to hear more about our RAD (Research and Development) Fund.

The RAD Fund provides support of up to a maximum of £5,000 to first or second time feature length documentary directors or director/producer teams with a single feature documentary in early development; or up to £10,000 to producers with more than one feature documentary in early development with first or second time feature length documentary directors attached.

During this session you will hear more detailed info directly from the team and ask any questions that need answered for you to submit your application.

Find out more and book your free ticket here.


DELEGATION CALL-OUT: BFI Doc Society Group Attendance to IDFA 2024 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Dates of travel: 16 – 20 November 2024 // Application deadline: Monday 29 July, 10 am

In collaboration with BFI we have launched an application call for UK documentary producers (film and immersive) with active projects in development to take part in a Group Attendance to the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) between 16 and 20 November 2024.

Selected delegates will be accredited to IDFA and attendance will allow them to meet potential international funders and partners, to explore co-production opportunities, and to take part in the full range of industry programme activities, including the various networking events. Taking part in this group attendance will help delegates to build relationships with potential partners, funders and buyers, and to establish and progress co-production opportunities.

Find out all information and where to apply here.


BFI NETWORK@LFF - emerging doc makers, apply now!

10 - 14 October 2024, London Film Festival

Are you an emerging UK-based filmmaker and haven’t made a feature yet? Then you might want to apply for BFI NETWORK’s flagship talent development programme at London Film Festival this October. With a focus across fiction and documentary, 15 UK-based directors, producers, and screenwriters will dive into a rich experience of screenings, events, and personalised sessions with industry professionals.

BFI Doc Society will be contributing to the assessment and selection of filmmakers working in documentary and hybrid forms, and will help shape dedicated programme elements to suit these disciplines. Learn more about this incredible opportunity and check your eligibility to apply via the link below.

The application deadline is 11am on Wednesday 17th July.

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Programme Updates

We're excited to introduce you to the participants on our two recent Producer Programmes. Our RISE programme is aimed at emerging feature doc producers from across the UK and runs until September 2024. You can find out more about the cohort here.

The Producing Truth programme, supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and delivered by BFI Doc Society, Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Alliance Wales and Docs Ireland, is aimed at mid-level feature doc producers.Meet the participants here.

In April, we were pleased to host a virtual delegation of six UK filmmakers who identify as disabled, deaf and/or neurodivergent to IDA's Getting Real'24 conference. Find out more about them here.


Book your 15-minute 1-2-1 online advice session with a member of the BFI Doc Society team! Open to filmmakers and producers across the UK, this is an opportunity to discuss projects or ask advice about our funds.

Book your slot here.