Being an amateur filmmaker can often leave you out of pocket so we've rounded up some funds and programmes that could help

Making it as a filmmaker is not an easy task – not only is it intensely competitive industry but you often end up out of pocket.

But hope is not lost as there are plenty of film funding and training opportunities across the UK to help you learn your craft and get creating.

Here’s a round-up of three film funding opportunities you can apply for right this second.

Our pick of the best: Three film funding opportunities

The FLAMIN Fellowship

Film London has teamed up with Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust to offer this fellowship for early career filmmakers. Part of the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), it aims to support exciting and innovative projects for those just starting out in the business.

Six people will be awarded the fellowship, which offers workshops and mentoring sessions as well as production finance of £2,500 for a specific project.

To apply you’ll need to live in England, have a track record of working with the moving image and have a proposal ready for a new innovative project.

FLAMIN will host an application event on September 13 and applications close on their website on September 25.

Emerging Talent

Creative England’s fund is open to directors who have had some professional experience and positive industry attention but have yet to make a feature film.

It is open to live action and fictional feature film projects from all different genres and will cover the costs of writer’s fees alongside possible contributions to research, producer fees and other costs.

Applications are open until September 30 and you can apply on their website.

BFI Film Academy

You’ll need to be a spring chicken for this opportunity with the British Film Institute of a course for 16- to 19-year-olds passionate about film.

Courses are run across the UK between September 2017 and March 2018 to introduce young people to everything from camera operation to sound mixing and help them get started in their filmmaking careers.

Applications are open for the courses which cost just £25. Bursaries are also available for those who can’t fund this.

Application closing dates vary for different courses so check out the full details on their website.

Get applying to take your next step in your filmmaking career.