Comedy Genius - Closed


Comedy Genius is the BFI's blockbuster season for 2018. The UK's greatest ever celebration of film and TV comedy – bringing the gift of laughter. The comedy geniuses of the big and small screen will be making us laugh at BFI Southbank and cinemas across the UK, online on BFI Player and with a wide range of UK partners.The season runs from October to December 2018.



Major Programmes support is open to all FAN members who want to take part in the season, via two funding programmes:

  • EOI applications (between £1,000 - £30,000) are open June 25 - August 24 2018
  • Screening Support (up to £1,500) will open for applications on August 16 2018


Applying for support is designed to be as simple as possible.

1. Download and read the Creative Brief, FAQs and Application Guidance,

2. Tell us about your idea using the online form - via links at the bottom of the page.

3. Complete the budget template - available to download below - and email it to


The season is also supported by the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) who will be offering a booking menu of related titles at negotiated rates from August 16 2018.

This October-January, save a slot in your programmes for the BFI’s Comedy Genius tour. The UK’s greatest ever celebration of comedies, these films will bring the gift of laughter to audiences across the nation.

If you book with the ICO they can offer:

  • subsidised MGs and specially reduced terms on certain titles
  • speakers available for venues who book more than one title
  • opportunities for extra support on marketing and audience development

Stay tuned for the full line-up announcement later in August 2018.

Tour dates: 22 October 2018 until 31 January 2019


Apply now for Screening Support - up to £1,500 (Google Form)

Apply now for EOI support - between £1,000-30,000 (Google Form)

BFI Comedy Genius Creative Brief.pdf
CG FAQs.pdf
Comedy Genius EOI guidelines.pdf