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Highlighting some of the astonishing and engaging work that has been supported by the UK public, including the National Lottery funding through the BFI, over the last 60 years.

The BFI invests National Lottery funding into developing and supporting filmmakers with diverse, bold and distinctive projects, that have a cultural relevance or progressive ideas and which reflect people from different backgrounds. We support filmmakers who are early in their career, taking risks and offering a fresh take or new perspective.
We support the development of more than 100 feature films each year, and the production of a further 30 including documentaries through our partnership with Doc Society.

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Red HerringRed Herring

Documentary202394 minsDirector: Kitson Vincent

Following his terminal diagnosis, young filmmaker Kit Vincent sets out to document an intimate and darkly humorous journey in this BIFA nominated documentary.

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Comedy202090 minsDirector: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Seána Kerslake is superb as caustic cab driver, Eileen, who makes an unlikely connection with regular passenger and local comedian, Shane (Patrick Kielty), in Prasanna Puwanarajah’s charming debut.

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Out of DarknessOut of Darkness

Horror202487 minsDirector: Andrew Cumming

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘period film’, Andrew Cumming’s Palaeolithic horror movie is a true original.

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Triangle of SadnessTriangle of Sadness

Comedy2022148 minsDirector: Ruben Östlund

Riotously funny with a barbed wire-sharp wit, Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Triangle of Sadness garnered Ruben Östlund (The Square, Force Majeure) his second Cannes Palme d’Or award.

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Ali & AvaAli & Ava

Drama202094 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard’s latest film is a tremendously warm and tenderly written love story.

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The Souvenir Part IIThe Souvenir Part II

Drama2020107 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

The second chapter of Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece and winner of Sight and Sound's 'Best Films of 2021' poll.

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Kokomo CityKokomo City

Documentary202373 minsDirector: D. Smith

A bold first feature about Black trans sex workers that buzzes with passion, energy and intelligence.

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Mothering SundayMothering Sunday

Drama2021104 minsDirector: Eva Husson

In this beautiful adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel, starring Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young, a writer has a creative awakening steeped in books, love and loss.

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Saint MaudSaint Maud

Drama201981 minsDirector: Rose Glass

A mysterious nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient in director Rose Glass’ divine debut.

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Horror202184 minsDirector: Prano Bailey-Bond

A video nasties film censor becomes absorbed in her work in Prano Bailey-Bond's brilliantly adventurous first feature.

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Leaving to RemainLeaving to Remain

Documentary202292 minsDirector: Mira Erdevicki

Compelling documentary which follows the lives of three Roma forced to navigate the complex post-Brexit EU settlement scheme as the country goes into lockdown.

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Horror202171 minsDirector: Sebastian Godwin

Nothing is as it seems when a woman visits her new husband’s family with chilling results.

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Boiling PointBoiling Point

Drama202095 minsDirector: Philip Baranttini

An emotionally scarred London chef (Stephen Graham) struggles to keep it together in this formally extraordinary and beautifully acted single-take thriller.

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Perfect 10Perfect 10

Drama201984 minsDirector: Eva Riley

An aspiring teen gymnast’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had.

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Ahead of the CurveAhead of the Curve

Documentary202198 minsDirector: Jen Rainin

Uplifting documentary tracing the power of lesbian visibility from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco Stevens' best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve.

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Fantasy202092 minsDirector: Chino Moya

A series of intense and increasingly disturbing allegories about humanity's darker instincts culminates in a grotesque and compelling debut feature from Chino Moya.

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XY ChelseaXY Chelsea

Documentary201994 minsDirector: Tim Travers Hawkins

Telling the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning; the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.

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Drama2020137 minsDirector: Terence Davies

Terence Davies’ moving and lyrical portrait of the life of celebrated war poet Siegfried Sassoon.

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God's Own CountryGod's Own Country

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Francis Lee

A troubled young sheep farmer falls for a hired hand in this stunning debut from Francis Lee.

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A Brixton TaleA Brixton Tale

Drama202176 minsDirector: Darragh Carey and Bertrand Desrochers

Affluent YouTuber Leah is drawn to shy youth Benji as the subject for her Brixton documentary, but her desire for edgy footage leads them both down a dangerous path.

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45 Years45 Years

Drama201595 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

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Drama202084 minsDirector: Cathy Brady

Sisterly bonds are pushed to breaking point in this simmering drama set on the Irish border, the debut feature from acclaimed shorts director Cathy Brady.

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Crime2018102 minsDirector: Idris Elba

In his thrilling directorial debut, Idris Elba brings to life Victor Headley’s cult crime novel.

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Drama2020100 minsDirector: Jessica Swale

Gemma Arterton stars in acclaimed theatre director Jessica Swale’s moving Second World War drama, as a woman rediscovering her ability to love.

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True ThingsTrue Things

Drama2021102 minsDirector: Harry Wootliff

Ruth Wilson is at her best in this compelling drama about a lonely woman whose life is changed by Tom Burke, the dangerous stranger who offers something different.

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A Space in TimeA Space in Time

Documentary202188 minsDirector: Nick Taussig and Riccardo Servini

Candid and intimate portrait of one family’s journey to transcend a fatal muscle wasting disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate ConversationTruman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Documentary202186 minsDirector: Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Creative dual-portrait documentary of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, two of the greatest figures in 20th Century American Literature.

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Fanny Lye Deliver'dFanny Lye Deliver'd

Drama2020112 minsDirector: Thomas Clay

The wife of a puritanical farmer seems resigned to her lot, until she has her head turned by the arrival of a young couple in Thomas Clay’s provocative period drama.

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Under the SkinUnder the Skin

Horror2014108 minsDirector: Jonathan Glazer

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

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You Were Never Really HereYou Were Never Really Here

Thriller201790 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay journeys with Joaquin Phoenix into the mind of an ex-soldier gun-for-hire whose own demons are as brutal as the actions of his adversaries.

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Biopic2019112 minsDirector: Wash Westmoreland

This witty, Belle Époque-era biopic stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West as literary couple Colette and Willy, whose relationship rewrote social and gender rules.

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Drama2019100 minsDirector: Aneil Karia

Ben Whishaw is superb as a man on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation in this highly strung, stripped-back thriller.

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High LifeHigh Life

Science Fiction2019113 minsDirector: Claire Denis

The messiness of sex, the mysteries of birth and the moving spectacle of devoted parenting in the face of impending oblivion create a potent atmosphere in Claire Denis’ English-language debut.

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Tell It to the BeesTell It to the Bees

Drama2017108 minsDirector: Annabel Jankel

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star as two very different women who fall in love in this 1950s-set romantic drama.

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