BFI Doc Society Shorts Fund

Now Closed


The Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund invites emerging storytellers from across all parts of the UK to share original and adventurous non-fiction stories that respond to the changing world around us.

Since 2018, the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund (“Made of Truth”) has proudly supported 61 original, short documentaries. We’re delighted to open for a new round of funding and to discover new voices from across the UK over the next 3 years.

What the fund can support

Made of Truth is part of BFI NETWORK and uses National Lottery funds to support all forms of short form non-fiction, including personal stories, hybrid work, artist films, essays, observational and social issue projects. The fund also considers VR and immersive projects whichare firmly rooted in non-fiction.

The fund can support up to 15 individual short documentaries each year with a maximum of £25,000 of grant funding. Films can be between 5-40 minutes in length.

We’re interested in new, cinematic and boundary-pushing ideas and encourage applications for projects that take creative leaps and filmmaking that takes risks on talent, form and content. The fund recognises the quality of difference in perspective, the importance of who is telling the story and strong collaborations.

Who can apply?

We’re looking for emerging creatives who are yet to make a non-fiction feature film (that has had professional distribution.) You may have a track record in another form or genre and are keen to make a short that helps develop your talent on the path to long-form documentary feature filmmaking, or you may have made a doc short or two already.

Made of Truth supports projects with directors based in the UK. This nation-wide programme endeavours to help more voices in more places contribute to distinctive, original storytelling. We can only fund applicants who are over the age of 18, and who are not in full-time education.

Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Fund is committed to supporting a diverse community of filmmakers and working with creatives from underserved backgrounds including Ethnically diverse, Disabled, LGBTQIA+, Working class and non-filmmaking talent. We would like to hear from new storytellers from around the country and all communities and are especially keen to increase the number of projects originating outside London and from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We strongly encourage Filmmakers to team up with a producer before applying, however you do not need a producer to apply as we can facilitate partnerships with producers for successful applicants.

Successful projects will receive creative and mentorship support from the BFI Doc Society team, and relevant industry partners. As well as working with filmmakers prior to and during production, we also advise awarded filmmakers on:

When you can apply

The fund is open now until 15th April.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Before You Apply Checklist and comprehensive fund guidelines
  2. Complete your application on

Access Support:
BFI Doc Society is committed to making its funding accessible to all. TAPE Community Film and Music will be providing individually tailored support for applicants with access needs. Find all the details on what support you can receive and how to get the help required to make an application in this DOC document.

BSL introduction to the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund

Easy Read introduction to the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund

This Easy Read Introduction is a summary of information and does not supersede the main funding guidelines. If you want to apply for the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund you must read the full guidelines.

Easy Read introduction to the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund (PDF) (DOC)

You can listen to an audio version of the fund guidelines on Soundcloud.

Preview Documents

Documents are provided in PDF and word format for access purposes and are for preview only. All applications needs to be filled in on our application portal via your account.

Fund Guidelines

Application Form Preview

Fund FAQs

Budget Template

BFI Diversity Standards Form
(required for all applications)

Keep in touch:

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I’ve got a question:

As part of our delegate partnership with the BFI between 2018-2023, we funded 61 independent UK feature documentaries.

You can find out more about the films and filmmakers we supported in our film directory. You can also find more detailed information about the previous fund in our BFI Doc Society Review 2018-2023.

News and Events

Develop your network and connect with the BFI Doc Society fund team. We work in close partnership with BFI NETWORK around the UK to meet filmmakers where you are.

Check our Talent Support & Events page

Other sources of support:
If you are looking for fiction film funding or related professional development opportunities, contact the BFI NETWORK partner in your nation or region to find out more about their funding for new filmmakers.