EEFF Transit Award – £10,000 Second Feature Development Grant

EEFF has now been operating as an independent, not-for-profit organisation for 5 years, offering a unique blend of industry focused activity, film premieres and grassroots community outreach. The festival is proud to have become an international, competitive festival, specialising in first and second time directors and boundary pushing filmmaking, whilst retaining a commitment to accessibility, opportunity and the development of talent from both the local area and beyond.

The EEFF’s Transit Award has been established in direct response to the alarming drop-off between first and second feature film production.

Currently, over 80% of first time UK filmmakers never go on to make their second film.

Feeding directly into the philosophy behind EEFF’s Mind the Gap professional development programme, the Transit Award is an award of £10,000 to assist a filmmaker in the development of their second feature. The Transit Award is not a production award, it is specifically designed to give a filmmaker the scope, time and resources to advance their second feature, whether that be through story or script development, partnership building, networking or fundraising.

Equality of opportunity and inclusivity is fundamental to the vision and values of the East End Film Festival. Showing consistency with our programme and approach to audiences, EEFF will employ the same level of commitment to diverse filmmakers and storytelling in selecting the recipient for this grant. A core aim of the grant is to support a filmmaker who may not have obvious access to established funding, and applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of age, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, social or economic class.


  • Applicants must be over 18 and reside in the UK
  • Applicants must have completed their first feature film, documentary or drama (for these purposes, films over 50 mins long are considered feature length.
  • Applicants must not have started production on their second feature.

Applications are now live! Application Form can be found here. Deadline: Sunday 29 July.

Any inquiries regarding the award please email:

A message of support and a call for submissions from generous supporter and Patron Filmmaker of The Transit Award John Jencks: 

EEFF Alumni and ‘McQueen’ Director Ian Bonhote On Making Your Second Feature: