Deadline Mar 31 , 2019

Film bursaries for freelancers: Apply for up to £800 towards training costs

  • Owner: ScreenSkills
  • Location: UK
  • Age: 18+

Film bursaries are currently supporting training in the following departments:

  • Art department
  • Camera
  • Construction
  • Costume
  • Electrical
  • Hair and make-up
  • Post-production
  • Production department
  • Health and safety

You can apply for a craft, technical & production bursaries if:

  • You are a proven full-time freelancer
    (Please note you qualify as a freelancer if you are employed in the UK film industry on a fixed term contract of fewer than 365 days OR you are in employment in the UK film industry but can prove that you have been given a date of termination of employment and will become a freelancer OR you have previous professional experience working in the UK film industry within the last 2 years but are currently unemployed.)
  • You are working in a craft, technical, production office or post-production role
  • You can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable as long as it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is not considered suitable experience
  • You have a history of work in feature-length films and/or feature-length documentaries which have been distributed
  • You have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend
  • You are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the industry

Craft, technical and production bursaries will support:

  • Training through structured courses with training providers
  • Training outside the UK, but you must clearly demonstrate why this is more appropriate than training in the UK
  • Training which takes place before 30 April 2019. If this is not possible due to the schedule of the course, please contact the Fund Team for further advice

 Craft, technical and production bursaries will not support:

  • Full-time graduate, postgraduate or educational diploma courses
  • Training that is already supported by other ScreenSkills funds
  • Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date your application is received
  • Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre
  • Attendance at networking, festivals or social events, or trade exhibitions
  • The purchase of equipment
  • Travel, accommodation and childcare costs only

 The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. However, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date.

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Applications for funding for training are made using our online application form: APPLY NOW

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. Should you be successful you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • The name of your chosen training course(s)
  • The name and address of the training provider
  • The cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • The dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • Direct link to or a copy of the course outline ready to upload

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the submit icon on your screen. Until you do this, your application has not been submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed.

You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact us immediately.

What happens next?
If your application is successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions (see below). You must accept the offer within two weeks of the date of the email. This means signing the offer letter and returning it to us electronically with your bank details. We may also ask for proof of your address – this will be indicated in your offer letter. Any offers not accepted within two weeks will be withdrawn. ScreenSkills cannot release any funding until we receive your signed offer letter.

You will know if your grant application has been successful within four weeks of the date your full application is received.

If you decide to attend training before receiving notification from ScreenSkills, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance should your bursary be declined or considered ineligible. Please bear in mind that to ensure equality of opportunity we cannot speed up the assessment process. If we offer you funding for training but you no longer wish to accept it, please let us know in writing.

How will my grant be paid?
Your funding will be paid directly into your personal bank account in two stages:

  • Stage 1: 50% of your grant will be paid to you on receipt of your signed offer letter;
  • Stage 2: 50% of your award will be paid on receipt of your proof of expenditure (copies of receipts from your childcare, travel and accommodation costs) and confirmation from the training provider that you have completed the training.

Please note that you are responsible for paying the training provider. ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for transferring funds to training providers.

If your application is unsuccessful we will notify you by email.


Your application
It can take up to four weeks for us to reach a decision on your application. If you decide to go on your course before you receive a decision, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance. Wherever possible, please try to allow four weeks between making your application to ScreenSkills and your course starting.

How much should you ask for?
You may apply for up to 80% of the combined fees, travel and accommodation costs of your training (including childcare costs if applicable), up to a maximum of £1000 inclusive of VAT.

Travel and accommodation costs
ScreenSkills only pay travel and accommodation costs in addition to the course fees, we cannot pay them in isolation. Travel and accommodation costs will only be supported if your training is held more than 50 miles from your permanent home address. You may need to provide proof of address if your application is successful. Travel and accommodation will be supported at ScreenSkills' standard rate:

  • Overnight accommodation within the UK but outside London - £60 per night
  • Overnight accommodation in London - £90 per night
  • Flights – economy rates only
  • Rail travel – standard class fares only
  • Car travel – 45p per mile

Childcare costs
ScreenSkills can only pay a contribution to childcare costs in addition to the course fees, we cannot pay them in isolation.

  • Up to a maximum of £40 per day within London
  • Up to a maximum of £30 per day outside London but within the UK

Please provide a breakdown of your costs on your application form. If your application is successful you must provide proof of childcare, travel and accommodation costs.

Diversity and inclusion
ScreenSkills champions inclusivity in the UK screen industries. We are committed to improving the diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce. ScreenSkills encourages and welcomes applications from people working in all nations and regions of the UK and believes that no one should feel excluded because of their background, circumstances or beliefs.

The Film Skills Fund supports training that will benefit groups currently under-represented within the industry, such as women in technical roles, those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background and those who are disabled, in order to enable those individuals to access training that will help them to progress their careers. The Film Skills Fund aims to achieve the following in their funded programmes:

  • Gender – 50% female beneficiaries
  • BAME – minimum 20% BAME beneficiaries (40% within London)
  • Disability – minimum 10% disabled beneficiaries

ScreenSkills encourages and welcomes applications from people working in all nations and regions of the UK and believes that no one should feel excluded because of their background, circumstances or beliefs.


Applications will be individually assessed by ScreenSkills' bursaries team.