Simon Relph Memorial Bursary

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The Simon Relph Memorial Bursary continues his legacy by supporting emerging producers in the early stages of their film career.

Simon Relph was a distinguished producer and enthusiastic supporter of new filmmakers and new voices. As Chairman of BAFTA he was a passionate advocate of the academy and his passion was critical to the profile and growth of independent British cinema. He opened many doors and worked tirelessly to create the necessary infrastructure to support new talent. 

In recognition of the contribution Simon has made to the development of new talent, the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary will continue his legacy by supporting emerging producers in the early stages of their career. Whilst there are numerous awards, bursaries and programmes for writers and directors, there is very little overt financial support available for producers, especially those living outside of London.

The bursary of £15,000 aims to enable a new or emerging independent producer to develop their slate of projects and support their career development.

In addition to the financial support a group of industry leaders, including Stephen Woolley, Tim Bevan, Rebecca O’Brien, Tessa Ross and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly have agreed to provide ongoing support and mentoring.

The recipient will also receive free access to BAFTA’s London headquarters for networking and meetings, and be placed onto Creative England’s Market Trader, an intensive development programme to gain a better understanding of international markets which includes a visit to Berlinale.

Last year’s winner, Anna Griffin, shared her experience of receiving the bursary.

Application criteria

  • Applicants must live and work in the UK, outside of London
  • Must have a production credit on a feature film in the past 5 years

The Simon Relph Memorial Bursary will be open for applications on 12th September at 12pm.

Applications close at 12pm on 14th October.

For more information please read the T&Cs and FAQs.