BBC Wales boards Beacons scheme

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.

Beacons has already provided many Welsh filmmakers with a filmic calling card. Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature I Am Not a Witch premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight this year before being selected for the Toronto and London film festivals, Carys Lewis was recently chosen to be the first ever Filmmaker in Residence at the Welsh National Opera, while Catherine Linstrum and Ryan Hooper are currently developing their debut features through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme.

Short films produced through Beacons have been selected for prestigious festivals such as Aesthetica, London Film Festival, Encounters, Clermont Ferrand, Phoenix and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Ewan Jones Morris’ This Far Up recently won Best Short Film at the BAFTA Cymru ceremony.

This year, between six and ten short films will be funded, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £15,000. Films can be up to 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.

Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Cymru Wales said: “There’s nothing more exciting than finding and developing new talent and working with Ffilm Cymru Wales will be a fantastic new way of doing just that. The Beacons has a strong track record of discovering new voices and we’re delighted to be partners in this inspiring and exciting scheme.”

BFI NETWORK Wales manager Tracy Spottiswoode comments: “It’s fantastic to see so many talented filmmakers from Wales launching feature careers through Beacons. Short films can be an essential ‘calling card’ to demonstrate a filmmaker’s unique vision and original voice, a first step to carving out a career in the industry. Last year we supported a diverse range of films and filmmakers, including two animations and Medeni Griffiths’ Beddgelert, with dialogue in 13th century Welsh. We’re delighted to partner with BBC Wales on this year’s programme and excited to discover the next generation of film talent from Wales.”

The deadline for applications is midday on 15th December.

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