BAFTA/Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi
Applications are currently closed and will re-open in early 2024. Register your interest
About the programme
BFI Flare x BAFTA in partnership with BFI NETWORK is a professional development programme that showcases and supports six LGBTQIA+ filmmakers each year working in film and television, with opportunities including mentoring, wellbeing and career coaching, festival access and membership to BAFTA’s year-round programme of events.
Since its pilot in 2015 by Creative Skillset and BFI Flare, the programme has supported 47 LGBTQIA+ filmmakers working towards their debut feature and/or major broadcast/online commission, many of whom have since built sustainable careers in the industry, including numerous BAFTA-wins and nominations.
Building on the success of the last eight years, the 2023 programme includes exciting new opportunities to strengthen professional networks and explore the realities of producing LGBTQIA+ work in the UK today.
The six selected filmmakers will receive:
During BFI Flare (March 2023)
- A two day intensive lab exploring the LGBTQIA+ creative landscape with senior industry, festival filmmakers and programme alumni.
- Industry Accreditation for BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival with access to Press & Industry Screenings, networking opportunities and the Festival’s Digital Viewing Library
Throughout the year
- Four one-to-one meetings with senior industry figures and filmmakers
- Four one-to-one meetings on wellbeing and career development with a trained positive psychologist
- Industry Accreditation for the BFI London Film Festival (October 2023)
- Free membership to a year of Connect, BAFTA’s new tier of membership for emerging and mid-level creatives in film, games and television
To be eligible you must:
- Have written, produced or directed a short film which has screened at a BAFTA-qualifying festival within the last 3 years or has screened at a number of international LGBTQIA+ film festivals.
- Or, for writers only: have one piece of full-length theatre work performed professionally in the UK or one radio credit
- Be working towards a debut feature length project or television pilot/online commission
- Be a UK resident
Please note: If your film has not screened at BAFTA-qualifying or international festivals, but has received specific recognition from LGBTQIA+ communities, we encourage you to apply.