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Ffilm Cymru has announced a support package for the Welsh film sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Support relevant to filmmakers and production companies includes:

An Emergency Relief Fund for writers, directors and producers that are experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Non-repayable grants of up to £1,500 can be requested.  We expect demand to be high and we may not be able to support everyone, so we will be asking about other potential sources of income. However, we invite you to ask for what you need – regardless of whether or not you have received other income from us through supported applications, or if you are receiving or applying for other third-party sources of funding.

Our Emergency Relief Fund is currently closed.

We have also adapted and increased development support available for creative teams and individuals:

Our increased Horizons Fund is available for individual emerging writers, directors or producers who are yet to make a film budgeted at £1m, with a track record in film or other art forms (e.g. TV, theatre, novel-writing, radio). Applicants do not need to have a project to apply – they can apply for up to £6,000 to support their continued professional development, including costs such as training or mentoring, or they can apply for up to £10,000 to develop a film project. The fund is open now and accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Our accelerated Development Fund for writer, director and producer teams developing their feature film project, aims to provide the equivalent of 12-months of development finance within the first six-months of the financial year. Applicants will be able to include overhead, legal, accounting and other business-related costs, alongside innovation-related costs, such as testing audience demand and exploring IP exploitation. The fund is open now and accepting applications on a rolling basis.

We have also launched our new Change Award loans for Wales-based film production companies. Read all about them here.

Production companies must always ensure the safety of all those who work on their films. The British Film Commission has published guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols.

 

Other Covid-19 Support

Relevant to filmmakers & production companies

Please see Non-Sector Specific Support, which may also be accessible to you, depending on your specific circumstance.

Government has announced a new £500 million scheme to kickstart film and television production struggling to secure insurance for Covid-related costs - find out more here.

And the new Film & TV Charity Covid-19 Recovery Fund for workers in film, TV and cinema is now live.

The British Film Commission has published guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols for the production of film and high-end TV, as well guidance for Travelling to the UK for work in Film or High-end Television Drama Production During COVID-19: Self-isolation (“Quarantine”) Exemptions.

Guidance for post-production and VFX can be found here.

Creative Wales has published new COVID-19 Guidance for a phased return for the Creative Industries in Wales - read it here.

And Welsh Governent has also published guidance for working in other people’s homes, including film crews - read it here.

BECTU has also published guidance in their Film & TV Recovery Plan.

ScreenSkills are running a series of TV Skills Fund masterclasses on working safely during Covid.

Find out the latest on responsibly handling personal and sensitive data (such as health information), that is compliant with GDPR regulations, here.

Wiggin has published FAQs on Employment and Data Protection for returning productions - read them here.

The NHS COVID-19 app for Wales and England can be downloaded here. It is additional and complementary to the existing Welsh Government test, trace and protect measures, and businesses, including cinemas, should continue to collect and hold current contact data on their customers (for 21 days from their visit) and employees. We would similarly advise that production companies and education practitioners collect and hold current contact data on their cast, crew and those they work with.  


Industry Helpline
The Film and TV Charity Support Line is open 24/7, helping people in the industry manage issues big and small. Call 0800 054 00 00 or access via live-chat here.

BFI Film Continuation Fund

Creative Wales Emergency TV Development Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Creative Wales Emergency Digital Development Fund(Currently closed, please check back for updates)

S4C Rapid Commissioning Round, Support for the Production Sector, and Online Support Portal

BBC measures to maintain creative health of the independent production sector

BBC Cymru Wales package of support for Wales’ creative sector

ITV development fund for independent sector

Writer's Guild of Great Britain

Equity

PACT, who are currently offering free and full access to their services and resources to all eligible UK indies for six months. Find out more here.

 

Relevant to behind-the-scenes film, TV and cinema workers

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Film & TV Charity Repayable Grants Scheme for Freelancers (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Musician's Union

BECTU.

Relevant to creative professionals working in the not-for-profit sector

While the Arts Council of Wales' Urgent Response Fund for Individuals and Stabilisation Fund for Organisations are currently closed for applications, their Stabilisation Fund for Individuals will open for applications from 29th May with a deadline of 15th June. Find out more here.


 

 

 

 


 

Beacons

Shining a light on Welsh talent.

Each year Ffilm Cymru supports a crop of brilliant Wales born or based filmmakers to make a cinematic calling card through the Beacons short film fund. We are looking for dynamic and distinctive voices, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values befitting to the big screen and film festival awards categories.

Read all about the latest slate of Beacons short films selected to progress into development here.

Beacons 2020

Due to the circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic, during the coming months BFI NETWORK Wales will be focusing on supporting its existing slate of short films to implement the appropriate safety measures, with production only returning once it is responsible and safe to do so.

The timeline of the next round of Beacons funding is under review and we expect to relaunch in 2021.

In the meantime, emerging filmmakers looking for support can also apply for our Horizons fund, which has been increased as part of Ffilm Cymru’s Covid-19 support package.

Writers, directors and producers yet to make a film budgeted at £1m, or people moving into film from other disciplines such as theatre, television or literature, can apply to the Horizons fund for:
- Up to £10,000 to develop a feature film project, or
- Up to £6,000 for continued professional development, such as training or mentoring.

Find out more about the Horizons fund and apply here.

For news and updates on our Beacons fund and other support for emerging filmmakers, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our mailing list here.

Funding in Brief

Funding available: Ffilm Cymru will make awards of between £5,000 and £15,000 to each project.
Number of films awarded: We usually fund between 5-7 projects a year.
Partnership funding: Filmmakers may raise additional third-party investment. Ffilm Cymru may engage a financing partner or broadcaster on the Beacons scheme at commissioning stage.
Content: Any genre or technique (including animation and documentary) if it is achievable within the budget. Depiction of Wales is not required unless it is the short idea you’re most excited about!
Duration: Your film should be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Delivery: DCP (Apple Pro Res or QuickTime), Blu-ray & DVD

 

Attachments:
Download this file (Beacons Application Form 2019 FINAL.doc)Beacons Application Form 2019[ ]264 kB
Download this file (BFI NETWORK Wales Beacons Guidelines 2019 FINAL.pdf)Beacons Guidelines 2019[ ]1304 kB

BFI NETWORK Wales

BFI NETWORK brings together national film agencies and leading cultural venues to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers across the UK, with investment from the National Lottery.

Delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NETWORK Wales exists to support Welsh born or based filmmaking talent at the beginning of their careers.

Read more: BFI NETWORK Wales

Company Support

Change Awards

Funding for screen-based companies to benefit the wider workforce

As part of our Covid-19 relief efforts, Ffilm Cymru is inviting applications for interest free Change Award loans from Wales-based production companies with a demonstrable track record in feature film, and at least one production that is viable to progress into production within the next 6 months. That production may be in any screen form including film, TV, animation, interactive or game.

Companies can apply for up to £40,000, interest free, with a 12-month repayment holiday from full receipt of funds.

This finance is offered at company level, rather than being an investment in individual productions. It is intended to support both those successful applicant companies through these challenging times, and to support change. 

That change is focused on:

  1. Inclusively pushing out support for the wider workforce, to benefit individuals who may be working as freelancers, sole traders or operate loan-out companies and to ensure that opportunities for trainees continue. This is reflected in the funding criteria and conditions of these awards; and
  2. To support companies into production to unlock wider opportunities for job creation.


Applications

To apply, please read the guidelines, and then download, complete, and submit the application form below.

You should email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on Monday 17th August 2020.

You may be asked to attend an online interview.

We aim to communicate decisions by mid-September 2020.


Connector

Connecting people, building skills.

Ffilm Cymru supports individuals or organisations to deliver targeted training and networking activity for new and emerging writers, directors and producers in Wales through the BFI NETWORK Wales Connector Fund.
 
We fund 3-6 Connector projects a year with awards capped at £6,000. We prioritise applications that focus on under-represented groups and that offer practical as well as inspirational support to the career progression of participants.
 
In order to ensure that your project meets the objectives of the Connector fund, please read the guidelines carefully.


Application Deadlines

Thursday 28th May, 5pm
Friday 6th November, 5pm

If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of your application, please contact:
 
Jude Lister
BFI NETWORK Wales Manager
02921 679369 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Our new Emergency Relief Fund is for writers, directors, producers and film education practitioners that are experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Non-repayable grants of up to £1,500 can be requested. We expect demand to be high and we may not be able to support everyone, so we will be asking about other potential sources of income. However, we invite you to ask for what you need – regardless of whether or not you have received other income from us through supported applications, or if you are receiving or applying for other third-party sources of funding.

Find out more about our Covid-19 support package here.

 

Applications

The 15th May application deadline for our Emergency Relief Fund has now passed. We are currently processing payments to eligible applicants and we are reviewing further support mechanisms for the coming weeks.

Development

Ffilm Cymru Wales supports feature film project development, from treatment stage through to pre-production.

We prioritise feature film projects involving a Wales born or based writer, director or producer but we will consider feature films with significant Welsh cultural value.

Covid-19 Support

As part of our Covid-19 support package for the Welsh film industry, Ffilm Cymru has launched an accelerated Development Fund for writer, director and producer teams developing their feature film projects.

Applicants will be able to include overhead, legal, accounting and other business-related costs, alongside innovation-related costs, such as testing audience demand and exploring IP exploitation.

This fund is open now and will remain open to applications on a rolling-basis. We expect to offer funding equivalent to an average 12-month period within the first 6-months of the year.

 

Read more: Development

Ffolio

A new platform for creative talent in Wales

Ffolio is an exciting new partnership between Ffilm Cymru, BBC Wales, BBC Arts and the Arts Council of Wales. It will offer training, mentoring and BBC commissioning opportunities to creatives, with a demonstrable track record in another discipline, based in Wales and without a professional director's credit within film or TV.

If you’re a dancer, blogger, musician, writer, photographer, graffiti artist, games designer, puppeteer, circus performer, animator or are professionally creative in any form, we want to hear from you.

If shortlisted, you’ll receive training, bespoke support to develop your short film ideas and bursaries for costs such as travel, childcare or an interpreter.
 


In Brief

Film duration: 90 seconds to 5 minutes.
Number of ideas that will be commissioned:
up to 16 short films in total.
Ideas:
Your idea for round 1 of Ffolio should push the boundaries of film, whether that be through story or experimentation with sound, image or structure. It might include animation, documentary, scripted drama or performance. However it should be achievable within a production budget of £5,000.

Ffolio round 3 will be open for application from 29th June 2020.

Deadline for applications: 7th August 2020.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a Ffolio training bootcamp on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October.

 

Please read our full Guidelines for more information. You can download the application form below. If you’re unsure about anything, try having a look at our FAQs.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there or you just want to talk something through, please contact Caroline and Amy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Online Talent Surgeries

Ffilm Cymru are also hosting Ffolio talent surgeries every Wednesday for you to find out more. These 30-minute, one-to-one sessions are an opportunity to discuss your ideas with guidance from the Ffolio team, as well as information about Ffilm Cymru's other training and funding support. Sessions can be held by phone or Zoom video call; book your appointment here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Hatch

Developing films for families; supporting a film industry which is engaging and accessible to all.

Ffilm Cymru’s ‘Hatch’ programme will develop up to four live-action family films based on existing IP and will support filmmaker and venue understanding of how to cater for that audience. Targeted training events and activities that bring kids into the development process will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to gain feedback from their target audience and to benefit from the advice of experts in the field.

Read more: Hatch

Horizons

Developing feature film projects and careers.

Ffilm Cymru supports the feature ambitions of emerging writers, directors and producers born or based in Wales through the BFI NETWORK Wales Horizons Fund.

Horizons is a rolling fund and open for submissions.

We provide bespoke support to circa 6-10 individuals or feature film projects each year. Applicants seeking career development support may apply for up to £6,000; while project-based applications may apply for up to £10,000.

In order to ensure that your application meets the objectives of the Horizons fund, please read our guidelines carefully before completing the relevant application form below: Project or Career Development.
 

 

 

Launchpad Events

Kick-start your career with intensive training.


Launchpad training events offer masterclasses, practical workshops, expert advice and hands-on experience.

Explore previous Launchpad events below.

This one-day event was primarily aimed at writers, producers, directors, actors and other creatives from an ethnic minority background, looking to develop a career in film, TV or theatre.

With an exciting cross-disciplinary focus, Launchpad was held bilingually through the medium of English and Welsh, offered a range of sessions including panel discussions, masterclasses plus speed networking with fellow creatives, production companies, talent agents, executives, support organisations and more.

 

 

 

Attachments:
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