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.



15 - 18 April 2024 / Little Tokyo, Los Angeles & Online

BFI Doc Society, in partnership with FWD-Doc, invites applications from disabled UK documentary filmmakers to participate in virtual group attendance at IDA’s Getting Real ‘24. The conference runs between 15 - 18 April 2024.

This opportunity is open to documentary directors, producers and editors based across the UK who identify as disabled, deaf and/or neurodivergent. It can support both emerging and experienced filmmakers.

Applications close Monday 18th March

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Producing Truth: For UK documentary feature producers


This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions, and will be delivered by BFI Doc Society Fund, Docs Ireland, Scottish Documentary Institute, and Screen Alliance Wales.

In association with our delivery partners we are excited to launch Producing Truth, a programme focused on building core production and business skills, confidence and a support network for independent producers working on documentaries outside of commercial structures. Participants will benefit from a programme tailored to the distinct challenges of developing, funding and distributing independent nonfiction cinema today, delivered by a consortium of industry leading partners.

This opportunity is open to up to twelve mid-level producers based in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and English regions outside of London. Producers should have completed at least one feature length film as the lead producer.

The programme will run from 13th May till the start of July, and involve weekly online sessions plus in-person attendance at the Docs Ireland market in June.

Applications by 22nd March.

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BFI Doc Society Rise Producer Programme


The BFI Doc Society Rise Producer Programme (RISE) will offer sustained producer guidance, and advisories for 4 UK based producers over a six month period (April - September 2024), aimed at breaking down socio-economic barriers of access and sustainability for emerging first time feature documentary producers.

The support will consist of tailored creative advisories from BFI Doc Society and industry leaders, plus an intensive market introduction at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and will culminate in business planning meetings to better equip emerging independent documentary producers.

Applications close on 11 March 2024, 12pm BST.

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Made of Truth Short Film Fund - Online Roundtable

Thursday 4 April 2024, 12:00 - 13:00 / Online

The Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund opens again in early March, and we are looking forward to your proposals. On 4 April, join our team at this online info session: a chance to hear directly from us about the fund, and ask any questions that need answered for you to submit your application by the 15 April deadline.

Register for this event here.

1-2-1 Advice Sessions: Wales and Northern Ireland

Our 1-2-1 advice sessions for March are now open for filmmakers and producers based in Northern Ireland or Wales. If you have a film project you’d like to discuss or need advice about our funds, book your 15-minute slot and speak to a member of the BFI Doc Society team. Register for your slot here.

Crafting Non-Fiction Short Films (Wales only)

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 12:00 – 13:00 / Online

Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NETWORK Wales & BFI Doc Society invite emerging filmmakers and artists in or from Wales to join us for an online session on the art of crafting boundary-breaking short documentaries. We will also be sharing guidance on the Beacons Short Film Fund and Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Fund, and speak to previous grantees about their work.

More info and registration here.

1-2-1s at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

1-2-1s at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Friday 8 March 2024, 14:00 - 16:30 / The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Attending BFMAF 2024 this March? You can book a free in-person 1-2-1 surgery (20 minutes) with Head of the BFI Doc Society Fund Luke Moody. Book here.

BFI Doc Society at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival: Filmmaker Mixer

Friday 8 March 2024, 12:00 - 13:30 / The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Join BFI NETWORK partners BFI Doc Society and Film Hub North at the 19th BFMAF. At 12pm on Friday 8 March we will host an informal mixer for independent filmmakers and narrative/doc-curious creatives. You'll also have the opportunity to find out about regional opportunities and short film funding from Jen Bradfield (BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Film Hub North) and Luke Moody (Head of the BFI Doc Society Fund).

More info and registration here.