Findings from Ffilm Cymru's Documentary Magnifier

Our latest Magnifier event focused on documentaries, engaging emerging and established filmmakers in a stimulating day of networking and talks from international experts.

Speakers at the event included Tor Vadseth of Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Lisa Nyed of Film i Skåne, Embankment Films' Head of Sales Calum Gray, Glynnis Ritter of Sweden's WG Films, Ffilm Cymru Wales Chair Michael Gubbins, and Welsh filmmakers Dylan Williams and Rob Alexander.

A variety of topics were covered during the day, including what makes a documentary theatrical, findings from the Docuregio report on the global documentary market, and an insightful overview of the Swedish, Norwegian and Welsh documentary landscapes.

Findings from the event include:

Fighting the post-fact era requires authentic voices.

50% of feature films funded in 2017 by the Swedish Film Institute were documentaries.

On average, the Swedish Film Institute funds 36% of a feature documentary's total budget.

Feature documentaries make up 50% of most successful crowdfunding projects.

Cross-media projects can boost reach and brand, and create new models.

Ffilm Cymru Wales has produced 20 feature documentaries, 25% of which were international co-productions.

Key questions for Ffilm Cymru Wales investment in documentary features are: Who are the talent? What’s the story? What’s the cinematic potential?

A theatrical documentary needs: a clear finance, sales and marketing structure; a filmmaker with an ambitious, authored approach; a resonant story.


Insights from the event were graphically recorded by Aura Lab – click below for the hi-res PDF.

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