Foot in the Door

Learn valuable skills on the set of feature film Dream Horse with Ffilm Cymru’s Foot in the Door programme

Dream Horse is shooting across south Wales this spring, and Ffilm Cymru are working in partnership with Raw Productions and local community housing associations to offer up to 25 free training placements and shadowing opportunities on set. If you’re over the age of 18 and not in employment, education or training, Foot in the Door could be for you.

Foot in the Door can offer you the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new skills that can kick-off a career in the creative industries and beyond. You’ll also receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, and you may be able to receive support for travel and childcare. We are also pleased to offer for the first time, the opportunity of a number of one-day shadowing placements on the set of Dream Horse.


Dream Horse

Dream Horse is the true story of one woman’s extraordinary dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her forgotten Welsh village - and of how she brings her entire community with her. Toni Collette (Hereditary, Little Miss Sunshine, About A Boy) will take the role of Jan, while Damian Lewis (the upcoming Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Billions, Homeland) will play Howard Davies, the local accountant she persuades to join her in running the racing syndicate.

The film has been written by Neil McKay (The Moorside, Mo, Appropriate Adult) and will be directed by Welsh filmmaker Euros Lyn (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Library Suicides).  Film4, Ingenious Media and Ffilm Cymru Wales are funding this Raw production, with Warner Bros to distribute in the UK, and Cornerstone Films will handle international sales and distribution. Katherine Butler (American Animals, The Imposter, Frank, Starred Up) will produce with Tracy O’Riordan (The Selfish Giant, Dark River, The Arbor). Executive Producers are Piers Vellacott for Raw, Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious Media, Pauline Burt for Ffilm Cymru Wales.

Trainee Roles & Eligibility

Filming will take place across south Wales. Exact locations will be confirmed soon, but travel support will be offered as well as access to bursaries for those who are successful on the programme to ensure there is no barrier to taking up the opportunity. This will include cover for costs of transport, travel, childcare or anything that may support you in taking up this opportunity.

The trainee roles available are:

•    Locations Trainee    
•    Make-up Trainee    
•    Costume Trainee        
•    Art Department Trainee    
•    Production Trainee    
•    Sound Trainee    
•    Camera Trainee        
•    AD (Assistant Director) Trainee    
•    Accounts Trainee    
•    Post-production/Edit Trainee

You may have existing transferable skills in these areas already such as carpentry, an art qualification or in an administrative or co-ordinator role for example. Before applying, please see guidance around the requirements for these roles and their profiles on the ScreenSkills website.


Deadline & Application Form

To apply, please complete the application form here.

The deadline for applications is 12 Midday on Wednesday 3rd April   

Successful shortlisted candidates for full and shadow placements will be informed by 4th April and invited to attend a recruitment day in South Wales on 10th April (Venue TBC).

Training will take place 23-25th April for full on-set placements, and one week placements will start w/c 6th May. We will also be offering a number of successful individuals one-day shadow placements on-set and these will take place w/c 20th May.

Please note on your application if you would like to be considered for an on-set shadowing placement as well as a full on-set training placement.

For any queries relating to your application, please email: Caroline Lane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Foot in the Door

Ffilm Cymru’s award-winning pilot Foot in the Door programme saw people from the Newport and Caerphilly areas rub shoulders with Hollywood stars Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey) on the set of The Raid director Gareth Evans’ Netflix thriller Apostle. Since their placements in April 2017, some of those trainees have secured paid employment in the film, television and wider sectors.

After her experience on Foot in the Door, aspiring make-up artist Jaimie-Leigh Grierson said “From when I was a little girl, I always wanted to work on the other side of the camera and I’ve got a passion for make-up. Foot in the Door has been amazing, and opened my eyes to where I can look to get further jobs in the industry; it isn’t such a strange world now.”

Fellow trainee Norman Porter added “Working in this industry seemed unattainable - but I jumped at this chance and now here I am, and I’ve been working in the art and design department. The sets are phenomenal - I’ve been using my painting, carpentry and arts and design skills; it is hard work but rewarding.”

Foot in the Door has also provided training opportunities on the sets of forthcoming films Denmark and Six Minutes to Midnight, as well as BBC Cymru Wales and S4C television dramas Craith / Hidden and Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith.

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