The Short Film Completion Fund
FOLLOWING THE RESTRUCTURE OF THE UK FILM COUNCIL IN 2010, THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED.
These pages are no longer being updated, and an archived version of this section will replace them shortly.
For current funding opportunities please visit: http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shortfilms
The UK Film Council’s Short Film Completion Fund provides finance and support for short films that show outstanding potential but lack the funds to finish. An annual fund of £70,000 has been made available to support projects across the scheme.
Now in its 10th edition, the scheme has supported more than eighty films, that have gone on to win over 150 awards worldwide.
The Completion Fund is managed by Maya Vision International.
The UK Film Council’s investment in shorts is managed by Lifesize Pictures.
Completion Funding News Updates:
Completion Fund Screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010Completion Fund 2010
If you’re attending the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, don't miss the screening of the UKFC Completion Fund 2010 Films.
Monday 21 June, 11:30am
Cameo Cinema 1
Please note this is a delegate only industry event.
BAFTA nomination for Off Season (2009/II)
21 January 2010 - Congratulations to Jonathan Van Tulleken, Jacob Jaffke and everyone involved with our Completion Fund short 'Off Season', which has been nominated for the 2010 Best Short Film BAFTA.
Full nominations: http://www.bafta.org/awards/film/film-awards-nominations,949,BA.html
The winner will be announced on 21st February.
A Successful Screening for our Completion Fund 2009/II Films at Encounters Film Festival
Congratulations to the filmmakers and all involved for yesterday's screening of the 2009/II films at Encounters. The films were well received and feedback was highly positive, as this review posted on the festival blog shows!
Short Film Completion Fund 2010
On 21st September 2009, we launched the call for applications to the next round of completion funding.
The sole call closed on Monday 30th November 2009. Thank-you so much to everyone that submitted an application.
Decisions should be expected early in January 2010.
There will be no further calls for applications to the Completion Fund this year (2009-10).
Completion Fund 2009/II Films showing at Encounters Film Festival
If you’re attending Encounters Short Film Festival this year, don't miss the premiere screening of the UKFC Completion Fund 2009/II Films
Thursday 19 November, 12:00
Watershed Cinema 1
Please note this is a delegate only industry event. Free tickets available on the day, first-come, first-serve
London Premiere of The UK Film Council 2009/I Completion Fund
Join us at Curzon Mayfair at 6:30pm on Thursday 1st October 2009 for the London premiere of the six films funded through the first call of 2009's Short Film Completion Fund.
Tickets available by phone on 0871 7033 989 and online at http://www.curzoncinemas.com
£12 Adults / £9 Curzon Members
14 May 2009 - 62nd Edition Festival de Cannes
Eicke Bettinga's 'Together' (2009/I) opens International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. Eicke, co-writer/producer Zorana Piggott and actor Matt Smith were on hand to publicise the film.
16 April 2009 - The deadline for submissions to the 2009/II call has been extended to 5pm, Tuesday 5th May 2009.
23 February 2009 - Short Film Completion Fund 2009/II is now open for submissions.
Congratulations to 2008/I's "Ralph", as it has been nominated for Best Short Film at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.
2008/II Completion Fund Films to Premiere at 6th London Short Film FestivalCompletion Fund Programme
Date: Friday, 16th January 2009
Venue: ICA, London SW1
Tickets: £8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members
Join us for the Premiere of the four films funded through the second call of 2008's Short Film Completion Fund.
5 January 2009 - 2009/I Completion Fund Call is now closed
23 October 2008 - 2009/I Completion Fund Call for entries deadline has been extended!
London Premiere of The UK Film Council 2008/I Completion FundSFCF 2008/I London Screening
Join us at the Curzon Mayfair, 19:00 on Thursday 23rd October for the London Premiere of the six films funded through the first call of 2008's Short Film Completion Fund.
25 June 2008 - 2008/I films premiere at 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival
Congratulations to the six films for all their efforts and a very successful premiere screening at EIFF 2008.Filmmakers celebrate after their premiere
30 May 2008 - Completion Fund Call 2008/II is now closed
31 March 2008 - Completion Fund Call 2008/II Launches
London Premiere of The UK Film Council 2007 Completion Fund
Join us at the Curzon Mayfair, 18:30 on Thursday 11th October for the London Premiere of the nine films funded through this year's Short Film Completion Fund.
“A gripping collection of nine short films that all project an effective message with a shower of creativity and originality. Each film possesses a unique quality to touch and captivate with a lasting impression in no more than 15 minutes.
'Juvenile', 'One of Us', and 'Walking Away' explore the gritty streets of London and the race divide that exists in multicultural Britain but although they follow similar themes the style of direction is distinct and innovative.
'Beyond' deals with loss and love with sensitive humour whereas 'Jehovah's Witness' explores a family domestic with a sinister and capricious eye. 'A Fitting Tribute' is a satirical story about a young journalist who is confronted with an unusual circumstance when he meets a grieving mother.
Akin to the standard of directing the acting too is a far cry from amateur; nine little gems that all twinkle with artistic imagination.”
Natacha Kaufman, Time Out No.1938, October 10-16, 2007
Completion Fund 2008
The UK Film Council 2008 Completion Fund will relaunch on Monday 15th October 2007
From 2008, the Completion Fund will expand to become a bi-annual call. Full details to follow.
The fund is currently closed to applications, but it is anticipated the next call will be made in October 2007.
The 2007 Completion Fund successfully launched on Monday 20th October at the 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The London Premiere of the films will take place at Curzon Mayfair, 18:30 on Thursday 11th October 2007.
The Completion Fund is currently closed for submissions. The deadline for entries was Friday 17th November 2006.
We hope to shortly announce the programme of our funded films.
October 2006First past the post
Thanks to everyone involved that helped make the London Premiere of the Completion Fund films a great success! The event took place at the Curzon Mayfair in the West End on Thursday October 5th.
The ten films that make up the 2006 Completion Fund received their World Premiere on Tuesday 22nd August at the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Congratulations to all involved - especially Dictynna Hood, Simon Onwurah and their team on 'The Other Man', which picked up the festival prize for Best British Short!
February / March 2006 - London – Films Selected for 2006 Fund
We've now selected the ten films we wish see through to completion through the 2006 Fund. We are excited about the potential of all these films and shall be working closely with the respective teams over the coming months. We look forward to premiering them in Edinburgh later in the year.
Successful training sessions were held with our new team of filmmakers between 27th Feb – 1st March. Many thanks to De Lane Lea, The Farm and all the individual speakers that took part.
February 2006 - London – BAFTA Success!!
Many congratulations to Daniel Mulloy's 'Antonio's Breakfast', which scooped the gong for Best Short Film at the recent BAFTA Awards ceremony and to Avie Luthra's 'Lucky' for being nominated for the same award. Both films were part of the 2005 Completion Fund programme.
January 2006 - Completion Fund closed to submissions
This year saw the largest number entries so far. We're diligently working our way through them and can now see at least some of the office floor once again. We're hoping to be able to notify those who have been short-listed by the end of this month (January, 2006).
Short-listed directors will be invited to attend a post-production, marketing and distribution training programme that will be held in London on 13/14th March, 2006.
The 2006 Short Film Completion Fund is now open. We are calling for applications for short films that have been cut to a rough cut stage and will have a maximum final duration of ten minutes. Applications are open to individuals over 18 and production companies. Full details, guidelines and downloadable application forms are now obtainable below. The closing date for all applications is Friday 2nd December 2005.
October 31st 2005
A special screening of the 2005 Completion fund films will take place at the Curzon Mayfair cinema on 31st Oct 2005 at 6.30pm.[/table]
Tickets are £7.00 and available from the Curzon Box Office. 020 7495 0500
Completion Fund Archive News:
This eight films that make up this year’s Completion Fund were premiered as part of the Programme of the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
We are pleased to announce that eight films have been selected to receive awards from the 2005 Completion Fund. It is anticipated that a new round of funding will become available in the autumn. Please keep checking this sight and that of the UK Film Council, for details.
The 2004/05 Short Film Completion Fund is now open. We are calling for applications for short films that have been cut to a rough cut stage and will have a maximum final duration of ten minutes. Applications are open to individuals over 18 and production companies. Full details, guidelines and downloadable application forms are now obtainable below. The closing date for all applications is Friday 22nd October 2004.
This year's slate of Completion Fund films are to be shown at a public screening on Friday 27th August. This forms part of the Programme of the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The venue is Cameo 1 and the event is scheduled to begin at 14:00.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's fund, all of whom have had their films entered for competition at next month's Edinburgh International Film Festival.
It is anticipated that the Completion Fund will re-open for applications in the autumn of 2004.
The films have been selected for 2003. No new submissions are being accepted currently. A London screening of our ten selected films is anticipated in autumn 2004.
The films have been selected for 2002. No new submissions are being accepted currently.
8 February 2002 - London
Short Film Completion Fund launched