The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced a new fund for animation, bringing a little cheer to the UK’s sector. The Short Form Animation Fund will put £30,000–£120,000 ($36,000–$146,000) apiece toward works that aren’t primarily commercial, and that run to under 15 minutes.
The mission is fairly broad: the animated films can be made using any technique (including emerging media like virtual reality), and in any genre — as long as it’s narrative. It can be made for pretty much any platform; only works primarily intended for broadcast tv are prohibited. Applicants must be based in the U.K. and have at least three films to their names, with one film having gained significant industry recognition. If selected, they will produce their short with oversight from a BFI executive, and animation specialists or studios if required.
The initiative was launched in collaboration with Animation UK and Animation Alliance UK, two instrumental lobbying groups in the country, as well as Helen Brunsdon, director of the British Animation Awards. According to the BFI, “[The fund] responds to priorities set out in BFI2022, the BFI’s five year strategy, which identified animation as a focus area, and a commitment to encourage continued experimentation in form and where audiences engage with content.”