Beacons shine light on Welsh film talent

Budding directors, writers and producers are being invited to enter a new short film scheme‎ run by Wales' national film body.

Beacons, the short film scheme from Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI NET.WORK, will shine a light on the new generation of filmmaking talent in Wales, while providing a crucial step in their creative and career development.

This new short film scheme seeks bold and unique voices, original storytelling, and visual flair. Up to eight short films will be funded, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £15,000. Producers will also have the opportunity to raise further finance through crowdfunding or third-party deals. Films may be made in English, Welsh or bilingually, and may also include minority languages that reflect the rich cultural diversity of Wales.

Beacons is just one strand of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ commitment to helping Welsh talent forge careers in the film industry through training, skills development and direct experience. For example, feature film scheme Cinematic has recently allowed emerging Welsh filmmakers to produce quality films on a lower budget, with UK distribution through Soda Pictures, the BFI, BBC Films and S4C, and a market focused training programme, supported by Creative Skillset. Making his directing debut through the scheme, Craig Roberts’ (Submarine) has already gained success with his feature Just Jim set to premiere at SXSW film and music festival in Texas this March.

BFI NET.WORK Wales manager Tracy Spottiswoode comments: “This is a terrific opportunity for filmmakers from Wales to showcase their talent to the world. Short films can be a crucial stepping stone in a film maker’s career, a cinematic calling card, helping establish credentials for making feature films. The BFI NET.WORK is all about discovering and nurturing outstanding film talent and we’re delighted to be partnering with Edicis, a brand new communications, content and marketing group which includes Welsh post production facility Dragon Digital. It’s a really exciting time to be a filmmaker in Wales, and we’re looking forward to receiving some fantastic projects - fiction, documentary or animation – if you’re an aspiring screenwriter, director or producer then Beacons could be your chance to shine.”

Full details on eligibility and the application process can be found in the Beacons guidelines.