Shining a light on Welsh talent.

Through short film scheme Beacons, we

  • Develop bold and unique voices
  • Explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling
  • Establish burgeoning careers

A new round of the Beacons short film scheme is now open for applications.

BFI NETWORK and Ffilm Cymru Wales are delighted to welcome BBC Wales on board as partner on the programme. Their support will allow even more emerging writers, directors and producers from Wales to develop bold and unique voices, explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling and establish flourishing careers as feature filmmakers.

This year, between six and ten short films will be funded, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £15,000. Films can be up 30 minutes in length, made in any genre or technique, including animation, documentary, Virtual Reality and 360° filmmaking, and may be in English, Welsh or a mix of languages reflecting the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Wales.

Full details on eligibility and the application process can be found in the Beacons guidelines and you can download application forms below.


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The BFI NETWORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers.

Devised by the BFI and delivered by its national partners - Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen – the BFI NETWORK is committed to discovering the next generation of British filmmaking talent.


Read more: BFI NET WORK

Company Support

Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to supporting Welsh talent and to contributing to a thriving and diverse indigenous film infrastructure across Wales. We are therefore offering a second round of our Company Support programme for innovative and promising Wales-based production and/or distribution companies to facilitate their further innovation, improve audience reach and enable company growth.

Ffilm Cymru Wales will make up to a total of £275,000 of lottery funding available for the Company Support programme, awarded on a de minimis basis. The funding will be disbursed through two routes:

  • An open-call for applicants that meet the criteria set in the guidelines.
  • By invitation. Eligible companies may be invited to apply by Ffilm Cymru Wales on a rolling-basis throughout the year, as and when a specific opportunity to develop innovation, audience reach and company growth potential arises, enabling a quick, flexible and iterative approach to company development.

Our Company Support fund is currently closed. Please check back regularly for updates on future calls for applications.

Full details are available in our Company Support Guidelines.


Developing and expanding filmmaker networks.

This fund has been developed to encourage both the creation of new networking opportunities and to strengthen those that already exist for film makers in Wales.

The funding is specifically targeted at networks providing expertise, support and/or peer group exchanges for screenwriters, directors and producers.

Some possible examples of this might be:
- Filmmaking Collectives
- Short Film Festivals
- Writer Groups
- Women In Film
- Online Mentoring Networks
- Film Industry Internship or Placement Schemes

Here are examples of what was funded previously:
- BAFTA Cymru Career Starters – networking and masterclasses in mid and north Wales
- Chapter Moviemaker – to extend activities to north and west Wales
- SHIFFT Female Filmmakers’ Lab – to run an event for female identifying filmmakers
- Swansea Scriptwriters’ Forum – supporting writers to move from stage to screenwriting
- Wales International Documentary Festival – international networking opportunities and the creation of an online resource and mentoring and networking platform

Of course we recognise networks come in all shapes and sizes, some more formal than others. Networks may meet on a regular basis, others may be focussed around special events, or address issues of gender, race, sexuality, disability, or divided by genre, platform or skill. Members may meet face to face or online.

Applications for the Connector fund are now open. Please see the guidelines and application forms below for full details. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 22nd September 2017.

If you have any queries, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your project prior to application, please contact:

Jonny Reed
BFI NETWORK Co-ordinator
02920 393509
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Ffilm Cymru Wales aims to identify and nurture Welsh filmmakers – particularly producers, writers and directors - by supporting and encouraging the development of their work and ambitions. We are also keen to encourage films with Welsh cultural content, reflecting Wales and Welsh life, as part of our portfolio.

Read more: Development


A fast and flexible fund that adapts to your needs.

Through Horizons Support, we

  • Nurture emerging film talent
  • Tailor support for individual projects
  • Advance your career development

The Horizons Fund offers tailored support to circa 6-10 individuals and feature film projects per year of up to £6,000 per award. Whether you are seeking a mentor to help further your professional career, or project specific aid, the Horizons Fund can help. Horizons is a rolling fund, and open for applications.

For more information, please read our Horizons Support Guidelines and Application Forms below.

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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.


Magnifier - Making the most of your ideas

Our Magnifier approach is designed to help participants identify and build their audiences and revenue streams from the earliest stages of a project’s development.

Read more: Magnifier


Ffilm Cymru Wales aims to provide new opportunities for Welsh (born and/or resident) filmmakers to get their films produced, increasing the range scale and number of films made. Particular emphasis will be placed on supporting Welsh producers, writers, writer-directors and directors but where Welsh talent is not leading the project, additional benefit might be provided through co-production or from mentoring opportunities offered to aspiring writers, directors, producers and Head of Department.

Read more: Production