Apply for a Short Film/VR Festival Travel Grant

Apply for a Short Film/VR Festival Travel Grant

Wild Summon, directed by Karni & Saul, premiered at Cannes 2023

British Council opportunities: From funding for travel to opportunities to promote UK talent, films and events. Our opportunities are open to filmmakers, actors, festival programmers and film enthusiasts.

The British Council offer grants to help short filmmakers and VR makers travel to international festivals where their work is being screened.


  • Applications can be made by a project’s director, producer or writer, who must be aged 18 or above.
  • All applicants must have had their short film / project selected by at least one of the festivals on the British Council’s Key Festivals List, and must provide evidence of festival selection

Key Festival List 2022(PDF 64KB)

  • The film or project must be a UK production / co-production.
  • The film or project must be no more than 60 minutes long.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of three grants.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of one grant per festival.

Access and support



In the interest of sustainability, Travel Grant recipients are encouraged to travel to European events by train, and may be supported with additional funding to do so. Please note your travel plans in your application and give an estimated cost.

Ruthless, directed by Matthew McGuigan, screened at Krakow Film Festival 2022

How to apply

Before you begin, download and read the Short Film Festival Travel guidelines.

Short Film Festival Travel Grant guidelines(PDF 340KB)

If you’re eligible to apply, it shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes to complete your application. You will need:

Calling all VR makers!

As the landscape for international festivals and showcase events has shifted as a result of the pandemic, many events are now operating as either online or hybrid events. We are acutely aware that while new online VR viewing platforms are enabling you to access international audiences (which is great!), they also often come with additional expenses for makers needing to adapt to different platforms.

Good news is that our Travel Grant funds are able to support your work to travel even if you can’t. You can now make an application for support towards:

  • Preparing your instructions for the exhibition of your piece
  • Integrating your work with a festival’s online platform
  • Developing the accessibility of your piece and producing accessibility assets
  • Versioning and development
  • and more…

As the Festival and exhibition landscape evolves we want to support you to showcase your internationally in as many ways as we can. If you would like to discuss costs to exhibit your work internationally please contact

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