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General

Can you help with locations / crewing?
Wales Screen can help with all your location and crewing requirements. You can contact them on 03000 615634 or on their website.

Can you represent me or help me find an agent?
No, Ffilm Cymru Wales does not act as a talent agent for writers, directors and producers, and are unable to help you find representation.

I would like to interview someone about the Welsh film industry - can you help?
Press, media and other interview enquiries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Development & Production

I've written a script / treatment / novel - can I submit it for feedback? Can you recommend a writer, director or producer for my project?
Due to the high volume of enquiries and funding applications we receive, we cannot accept unsolicited scripts, treatments or novel submissions for feedback. Ffilm Cymru is unable to recommend team members to projects that we haven’t funded. Instead, we would recommend looking at the list of films we have funded in the past, as there are cast and crew details listed under each film. Due to GDPR regulations we are not able to give out contact details. 

I'm not Welsh but my film is set in Wales - is it eligible for funding?
Ffilm Cymru’s main funding priority is to support Welsh born or based talent, predominately writers, directors and producers. If there is no Welsh talent attached to the project, it does need to qualify as British, and we look to support those projects that offer strong and clear benefits to the Welsh film sector. Projects that otherwise provide strong Welsh benefits, such as offering identifiably Welsh cultural content; setting, shooting and/or posting your film in Wales, and engaging Welsh cast and crew are all potential ways of strengthening an application. Funds are incredibly competitively so please be aware that not all eligible projects will be awarded funding.

Do you fund short films?
Short film funding is available through our yearly programme Beacons, run by the BFI Welsh Talent NETWORK. This is a highly competitive fund that awards 5-7 projects a year a maximum of £15,000. For more information about Beacons and the BFI Welsh Talent NETWORK’s other funds, such as Horizons which can be used towards script development or career progression, please visit the webpage or contact the BFI Welsh Talent NETWORK Co-ordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Does my film have to be about Wales or shot here?
No, there are no restrictions on where a project is set or shot, as long as there is some Welsh talent attached in the core team (writer/director/producer).

Is your funding repayable?
Our development funding is repayable on the first day of principal photography in addition to a 50% premium, which would come out of the production budget. Additionally, there is a nominal percentage of net profits payable, proportionate to funds provided. If the film does not progress into production, the funding is not required to be paid back.

Can I apply for development funding as a sole writer without a director or producer attached?
Yes, although we would highly recommend attaching a producer if possible, as this will give you the best possible chance when applying with the project as a complete package. More information is available in our Development guidelines.

 

Audience, Education & Regeneration

I want to submit my short film to festivals / venues but I don't know where to start.

Ffilm Cymru Wales currently funds a range of festivals in Wales, many of which accept short film applications - please refer to the festival sites for their guidelines.

There are plenty of other excellent festivals out there which you could also investigate. Additionally, the British Council offer advice on short films, including DIY distribution.

 

What festivals can I submit my film to?

Please click here for a list of festivals we currently fund.

 

I'm looking for Welsh films for a festival / event /screening - can you help?

Wales Screen can tell you about other films made in Wales and the National Screen and Sound Archive for Wales know all about the possible heritage films you could screen.

 

Can Ffilm Cymru Wales offer capital support for equipment?

In some cases, we can fund small amounts of capital equipment as part of a project submission but we are not able to provide funding for projection / filmmaking equipment. We would suggest contacting your local council to see what funds they have in operation and investigate the various lottery programmes or trusts and foundations. Refer also the Arts Council for Wales capital strategy.

 

Do I need a license to show a film to a public audience?

Please be aware that even if you are screening a film to an audience without charging admission, you may still need to purchase a license. Take a look at the license page on Filmbank or contact the licensing department at your local council.

 

I've just moved to the area as a freelancer in education / exhibition. How can I find out what's going on for job or networking opportunities?

Ffilm Cymru Wales works with a number of networks including the Sinemau Cymru, the Film Festival Network and the Film Education Network. If you work in education, we encourage you to register your profile on Ffilm Cymru Wales Film Education Database where you can share news of your work, gain access to free educational resources and find out about other practitioners and their work.

 

Can Ffilm Cymru Wales help us promote our event?

If your event is relevant to the work we do here, we can help you to promote it amongst our networks and online. Please send us a press release or relevant info along with images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try our best to help.

 

I'm a teacher looking to start up a film club. What should I do?

Ffilm Cymru Wales works with nationwide charity Into Film to roll out the afterschool scheme in Wales. You can register your interest here.

 

Can Ffilm Cymru Wales offer bursaries for students?

No, our funding is not available for bursaries.