The scheme is being managed by Lighthouse, the digital agency behind filmmaker mentoring programme Guiding Lights.

The BFI has launched its one year Film Fund Shorts 2012 scheme, which is being run by Brighton based digital agency Lighthouse.

The scheme, which will support up to 20 live action shorts - each between 10 and 30 minutes with budgets ranging from £25,000 to £50,000 -  is now open for applications and will be welcoming submissions from talent working across creative disciplines, including film, TV drama, theatre, online drama, commercials, documentaries and artists’ film and video.

Applicants should demonstrate how their short film proposal complements their longer term career progression into making feature films.

The films will be fully funded by the BFI and will be delivered by the end of December 2012.

Emily Kyriakides, programme producer at Lighthouse, is working in partnership with Nicky Bentham of Neon Films, who co-produced Duncan Jones’ BAFTA award winning Moon, and development producer Becca Ellson to oversee the selection and executive production of the films made through the scheme.

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The deadline for applications is March 23.