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Ffilm Cymru Wales provides company support for Welsh film talent

Four Welsh film companies have been given the opportunity to further their innovation, audience reach and sustainability with new Company Support awards from the newly-rebranded Ffilm Cymru Wales.

Launched in October 2013, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Company Support fund seeks to cultivate a sustainable infrastructure for the Welsh film industry with a focus on nurturing Welsh talent and fostering creative and financial relationships on an international level. The funding is intended to respond to the bespoke requirements of promising companies to further their growth and reach through film.  

The four companies that have been awarded Company Support funds are:

Barefoot Rascals
After four years working with Welsh broadcasters, Barefoot Rascals will refocus on producing feature film docu-dramas with high production values, such as forthcoming adaptation of the National Theatre Wales play ‘The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.’

Red & Black Films
After recent success with their award-winning films Little White Lies and The Machine, Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu will continue to develop a new slate of projects, including supernatural horror Don’t Knock Twice.

Severn Screen
Run by Ed Talfan (Hinterland/Y Gwyll) and Kate Crowther, Severn Screen will follow Duane Hopkins’ second feature Bypass with Welsh-language psychological horror Stanley, which is currently preparing for an autumn shoot.

Western Edge Pictures.
Third Star’s writer-producer Vaughan Sivell and Assets Producer Franki Goodwin will continue to develop a varied slate of projects, including a Dylan Thomas themed noir thriller written by Welsh poet Owen Sheers.

Rather than working on a project-to-project basis, these companies will be afforded the opportunity to develop a joined-up approach to their operations and expand their capacity, generating jobs for the Welsh film industry.

New strand to celebrate Best of British at Iris 2014

Iris Prize logo has a make-over to celebrate new Best of British strand. Best British Short Award will be judged by new independent jury.

Organisers of the Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have announced plans for a new strand to celebrate the Best of British.

The new strand will screen up to 10 of the best short films produced by film makers in Britain over the past 24 months. The films will be judged by an independent British Jury who will present the winning film with the Iris Prize Best British Short Award.


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New film education resource now available as free download

The Machine: Exploring the UK Film Industry’ is an A-Level Film & Media Teaching Resource that explores the creation of Red and Black Films’ sci-fi hit.

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