Apply For BAFTA’s Development Programme For Emerging Directors and Writers!

Applications are now open for BFI Network x BAFTA’s development programme for directors and writers working towards their first feature.

There are 150 places open and when selected you will receive the following:

  • Priority tickets to bespoke events looking at creative and technical topics and key challenges.
  • Bespoke roundtables with BAFTA-nominees and BAFTA-identified new talent
  • Bespoke networking events with guests including BAFTA members, BAFTA-identified new talent & industry partners
  • Opportunity to apply for mentoring
  • Live and online networking with ‘below the line’ talent across departments
  • A monthly newsletter outlining upcoming events and opportunities
  • Access to a selection of tickets to BAFTAs wider learning and new talent programme, including masterclasses, events, screenings and Q&As
  • Access to podcasts of all events, just in case you miss something
  • Travel bursaries towards attending BAFTA Crew events anywhere in the UK

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

Writers, directors and producers must be actively working towards a debut feature and meet one of the following:

  • received funding for a feature or short film from BFI NETWORK/film fund
  • been commissioned or premiered on an online or broadcast platform
  • made a short that has been selected as a NETWORK pick.
  • have a broadcast credit in the last two years
  • made a short film which has screened at a BAFTA-recognised festival in the last four years
  • For writers only: one piece of full length theatre work performed professionally in the UK.

If you have any further questions check out their FAQ section HERE or email them directly at

If you’ve read the criteria and FAQ and you’re ready to apply, then click HERE