Y Labordy - Call for Submissions

Bespoke training across theatre, film & TV for new & emerging directors working in the Welsh language.


Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 24th March 2017

Y Labordy is an ambitious tailored initiative for new and emerging directors of film, TV and theatre, and who have the ability to work in the Welsh language. It’s an opportunity to expand knowledge and skills, whilst developing a career action plan under the guidance of experienced industry mentors. Participants will assess where they are in their career, where they want to be and what action they need to take to get there. Led by S4C and Arts Council of Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NET.WORK, Y Labordy returns for its second year.

The aim of Y Labordy is to broaden the talent pool of directors working in the Welsh language across theatre, film and television, equipping them with an understanding of industry practice, international appeal and their own unique vision.

Please ensure that you have read, understood and answered all sections. Incomplete and/or late application forms will be considered ineligible.


The structure and content of Y Labordy will be designed with the individual participants in mind. Successful applicants will engage in a tailored 8-month programme (not full time) involving three residential Friday-Sunday weekends, regular bespoke mentoring, opportunities for shadow/work placements in the UK and overseas internationally skills development and personal guidance.

The first residential weekend will identify and outline the objectives of the candidates, allowing their mentors to be individually allocated and support development of their professional goals. Personal development programmes will be agreed and created with course leaders, respected tutors and experts who will provide industry relevant knowledge and guidance.


The directors will complete Y Labordy with a produced piece of work e.g. a short film/filmed scenes or stage production/rehearsed reading.

Directors will be encouraged to explore working across all three platforms: film, TV and theatre.


To be eligible for Y Labordy, you must:

  • be over 18 years of age;
  • not in full time education;
  • have directed at least one piece of work at professional, fringe or college student level (e.g. a graduation film, a short film either self or publicly funded, a play for an independent fringe or profit-share company, a web series or online content produced to a professional standard), OR have an Assistant Director credit on a professional film, TV or theatre production;
  • be able to demonstrate you have a passion and commitment to a career as a director and the ability to work in the Welsh language;
  • be either resident in Wales, or born in Wales but resident elsewhere;
  • if you have not already done so, create a profile on the BFI NET.WORK website and upload one piece of work http://network.bfi.org.uk/ This is a private link only viewable by execs.

Please email your submissions to Y Labordy Co-Ordinator, Catrin Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NB: We can only accept electronic submissions, please do not send your application by post. Please include Y Labordy Application in the subject of your email

Your submission must include:

  • A completed application form (see below);
  • Sample of previous work as a director;
  • A current CV.

Deadline for submissions:
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 24th March 2017. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

Important dates:

  • 5pm, Friday 24th March 2017: Deadline for submissions
  • Thursday 6th, Friday 7th April 2017: Interviews for shortlisted applicants
  • Friday 28th – Sunday 30th April: First residential weekend. It is proposed that there will be three weekend residential labs during the eight month period. 

For more information on Y Labordy, please contact Catrin Cooper: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or on office: 02920 766 931 / mobile: 07840 705 149


What counts as new and emerging?  Am I too experienced?
If you have made one or two short films – either at graduate or professional level - but never directed TV or a feature film, or you have directed theatre – at professional or fringe level - but nothing for the screen, then you are eligible for this training.

Does Welsh need to be my first language to apply?
No, Welsh can be your second language or you may be a learner at intermediate or advanced level as long as you have the ability to understand the language and communicate in it effectively with others.

I was born in Wales and speak Welsh, but I live outside of Wales now, can I still apply?
Yes.  However you need to be able to attend the residential weekends which will take place in Wales.

I am returning to work after an absence and all my directing materials are on VHS or out of date formats, how should I submit a sample of my work?
You should make every endeavor to transfer your work from VHS onto a digital format to upload to vimeo/YouTube etc.  If we can’t see what you’ve done it makes it very hard for us to judge your abilities. 

Will we get any travel or subsistence support during the training?
Yes, we aim to provide a training allowance and living expenses during the course of the shadowing/work placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.  We will not provide any training allowance for the residential weekends or any short training labs, however we will cover travel expenses for participants based more than 50 miles from the location where the training will take place.  Food and drink will be provided during the labs.

What about childcare support?
If you are a parent or carer, you may apply for childcare support bursaries or carer allowances in cases where you would otherwise be unable to attend the training.  You may be asked to provide documentation to support your claim.

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