BFI Doc Society's
Made of Truth:

BFI Doc Society Shorts Programme is calling for entries now!

The BFI Doc Society Fund with BFI NETWORK is overjoyed to announce Made of Truth, a scheme to make ten short documentaries by filmmakers from across our green and pleasant land.

This is a chance to channel your inner weird and wonderful. Bring your imaginative and magical ideas. Let us be your lightning rod and set the doc world on fire.

The fund offers budgets of up to £11,250 and films can be up to 40 minutes in length. The call opens Thursday 9th August until Friday 14th September 2018, with production starting in the Autumn.

Selected teams will have four months to complete their short from the time the grant is received. Films will be delivered by the end of March 2019. Projects will receive creative and mentorship support from the BFI Doc Society team, and relevant industry partners.

Filmmakers do not need to have a producer or production company to apply, as we can facilitate partnerships with producers.

We are dedicated to supporting diversity across gender, sexuality, race, regions, mixed- abilities and class. Talent from non-filmmaking communities is also encouraged to apply.

This is an open call for filmmakers based in the UK. We are looking for documentary pioneers eager to redefine the genre and tell us your truth. If you’ve got a new approach, an artistic eye, unique access or a just a stonking good story - come wake up the world with your ecstatic truth.

All documentary filmmakers over the age of 18 are welcome to apply.

To bear in mind - All films have to pass the cultural test in order to be eligible.

Any questions to:


British Creatives

The BFI Doc Society Fund opens on September 24th and will close on October 19th at 12PM.

So, something rather amazing has happened to Doc Society. We’ve been given the incredible opportunity to lead the UK’s national documentary film funds for the next few years! It is a huge privilege and a weighty responsibility. It is also a dream come true for us. Huge thanks to all the filmmakers and partner organisations who supported our application and to the BFI for putting their trust in us.

The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the country and all communities, backing feature projects with bold cultural and social ambitions.

The Fund will encourage talent to take risks on form and content, where the more commercial sector cannot. We heart the cinema, but we are also platform agnostic and open to projects that reach audiences in new ways.

We can support:

  • Any stage - Development, Production, Completion
  • First time filmmakers
  • Hybrid forms
  • Multi-platform

What we don’t fund:

  • Filmed productions such as a theatre show, filmed sporting or music event
  • Artist installation work
  • Journalism
  • Films intended primarily for broadcast television

To bear in mind:

From 2018 Doc Society will be the BFI's delegate partner for the UK's documentary funds with £650,000 to spend annually.
The BFI Doc Society Fund will be an open call fund with three funding rounds a year. The first round was in April 2018. The second round will open on 24th September and close on the 19th October.
The call for shorts is currently open and closes September 14th, at 12PM.
A regional touring programme of screenings and workshops will run four times a year, meeting you where you are
There will be a new dedicated Edit Lab for Fund grantees and UK editors