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Funding for film training

Please note: The Film Skills Fund is currently not open for new applications.

New funding priorities have been agreed by the Film Skills Council for the new financial year and new funding guidelines are being developed in response to these.

The new funding schemes will go live in the next few weeks. To be notified when you can apply for funding once more, you can:

Other funding sources

If the training for which you wish to find funding does not fall within the priorities of this fund, there are other funding organisations that may be able to help. Follow the link below for a list of other organisations that offer funding:

Other funding sources

About the Film Skills Fund

The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training.

You can benefit directly through funding for training - grants of money towards the costs of courses in priority skills needed by the film industry. 

The fund also awards grants to organisations to create, deliver or facilitate film-specific training.

The fund was established to support the delivery of A Bigger Future - the UK Film Skills Strategy developed by the film industry, originally in partnership with the UK Film Council and Creative Skillset, now with the British Film Institute.

The Film Skills Fund is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI and through the Skills Investment Fund, which comprises industry and government co-investment.

The Film Skills Strategy

The UK Film Skills Strategy is a complete training and education strategy for the UK film industry.

It aims to address the industry's skills shortages exposed by Creative Skillset's research programme and through on-going consultation with the film industry. The focus on skills development will enable the UK film industry to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Creative Skillset works to support the growth of the UK film industry. We do this by investing in a programme of training, education and support for businesses, employees and freelancers, driving business and career development.

Creative Skillset is working with the film industry to:

  • Create jobs
  • Strengthen skills
  • Build skills for the future
  • Ensure world-class film education

We are focusing on:

  • Craft and technical skills
  • Production management
  • VFX
  • Career and business support
  • Digital content and audience choice
  • Developing writers, producers and directors

We will do this through:

  • Funding for training
  • Apprenticeships, internships and traineeships
  • High quality short courses and world-class film schools
  • Online learning provision

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