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Alumni Fund

The Award

Bournemouth Film School (BFS) is excited to announce the re-opening of the Alumni Fund for Round 3. continuing our flagship opportunity for Alumni


The fund is made up of a cash contribution towards production costs and in-kind equipment & facilities.


*£5,000 towards production costs

*Access to our equipment throughout June 2024 (max 10 days)

*Access to Post-Production Facilities

*Private Screening

Round 3 - Closed

Deadline: 29th November 23.59 (GMT) 2023

The Award

Eligibility & Criteria

Our Alumni Fund is open to Fiction projects of all genres. We are particularly interested in applicants that can demonstrate projects that include a wide range of BFS alumni and disciplines (Film Production; Animation Production; Visual Effects (VFX) for Film & Television; Performance Design & Film Costume; Costume; Make-up for Media & Performance; Acting; Dance; Creative Writing).

Eligibility & Criteria




  • Open to all Alumni from the Bournemouth Film School (at AUB) collection of courses/disciplines. These include Film Production; Animation Production; Visual Effects (VFX) for Film & Television; Performance Design & Film Costume; Costume; Make-up for Media & Performance; Acting; Dance; Creative Writing

  • The Alumni Fund is also open to Alumni filmmakers of prior designations of Arts University Bournemouth: Arts University College Bournemouth; Arts Institute Bournemouth; Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design

  • Lead Applicant & Lead Team Members must be Alumni (Please read Guidelines for further information)

  • Current students must make up a proportion of the crew in minor roles (BFS will assist in crewing upon award)




  • Majority of Head of Department (HoD) roles filled with Alumni

  • Projects collaborating with Alumni from a range of BFS courses


Criteria (New Criteria)



  • Scripts no longer than 12 pages 

  • Original Fiction works only

  • Projects inclusive of a wide range of BFS disciplines and alumni (Film, Animation, VFX, Costume, Make-Up, Acting, Dance & Creative Writing)

  • No resubmission of previously declined projects unless there has been substantial evidence of significant change to the original proposal. Significant change would typically be a change of director or writer, or significant rewrite of material.




  • Originality & Innovation – The Project demonstrates ingenuity when utilising the range of BFS disciplines & technologies to tell stories that capture audiences’ imaginations in a fresh way

  • Community & Diversity – The Project reverberates at its core an emphasis on engaging with a diverse range of people in the making of the film and telling of the story as well as a spotlight on voices & stories we need to hear now

  • Viability & Sustainability – The Project is achievable and considered with its impact and footprint on the planet



Non-Alumni (those that have not graduated from AUB) are welcome to join a project in both HoD and additional roles. However there are some limitations to the number of HoD roles Non-Alumni can fill. (Please read Guidelines for further information)

How to Apply

Applying to the Alumni Fund

Round 3 open for submissions from 4th October 2023 15.00 (GMT) 2023

Deadline: 29th November 23.59 (GMT) 2023

Before you apply to the fund, we recommend reading the guidelines & T&Cs


Alumni Fund Entry Form pdf. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat and a desktop/laptop to complete the form

We require the following items as part of the application:


  • Completed Alumni Fund application form

  • Script (can be first draft)

  • Budget

  • Optional: Further Supporting documents (moods boards, visuals etc)

All submissions should be sent to 

Please include the project name followed by Alumni Fund Application
(e.g.  Parasite - Alumni Fund Application)

The Fund Timeline

The below timeline is an indication of key milestones:

Fund Timeline


Application Support & General Enquiries 

If you would like to discuss your project before submitting please contact the Fund Manager. 

BFS Fund Manager

Will Shutt

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Application Submissions

Please submit all applications to the contact below. Ensure you have read the guidelines and T&Cs before submitting.

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