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Pauline Burt

Chief Executive

Pauline is the founding CEO of Ffilm Cymru Wales, which is advancing a sustainable film sector and film culture that works for everyone across Wales. Ffilm Cymru invests in Welsh talent, their projects and their companies; supports skills and attitudes that enable a more inclusive, adaptive and productive sector; and extracts and shares learning to accelerate progress.

Previously Pauline was a risk manager at London based Mansfield Associates, assessing and managing risk for commercial film and television financiers such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Rand Merchant Bank and Royal Sun Alliance. Prior to that, Pauline headed up production at Sgrin, the former Media Agency for Wales and worked at Scottish Screen as their Script and Finance Analyst.

Recent feature credits include this year’s UK Oscar submission I Am Not a Witch from debut feature director Rungano Nyoni; Turner-nominated photographer, Richard Billingham’s Ray & Liz, selected for Locarno, Toronto and London Film festivals; Euros Lyn’s adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s Y Llyfrgrell/The Library Suicides; sci-fi success The Machine; Craig Roberts’ feature debut Submarine since followed up with Eternal Beauty starring Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, and the Sundance award-winner feature documentary Dark Horse.

Pauline is alumni of the UCLA’s Producers’ Program and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Kimberley Warner

Head of Production

Entering the industry through sales and distribution when digital release was still in its infancy, Kimberley quickly embraced new media and challenged the industry binaries of the time. As Head of Acquisitions at Journeyman Pictures, she helped to build their YouTube channel to Top Ten subscribed channel status and brought Ken Loach's back catalogue online for the first time. As Head of Acquisitions and Development at feature documentary distributor Mercury Media, Kimberley secured EU Media funding to build Joining The Docs - the world's first SVOD platform for documentaries - convincing The Independent to bundle subscription with their own new subscription model and encouraging filmmakers to start building their audiences online. Having worked with filmmakers of the calibre of Kim Longinotto, Franny Armstrong and James Moll, Kimberley turned her hand to creative producing. Her most recent project Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah was Grierson, Cinema Eye Honors, IDA and Oscar-nominated in 2016.

As Head of Creative Business at Ffilm Cymru Wales, Kimberley leads on the strategy for the talent department, which has the Magnifier mindset of capitalising on the value of filmmaking across different IP, at its heart. As such, she oversees talent events and funding awards, and looks towards the future of Ffilm Cymru Wales as a challenger brand.

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Nicola Munday

Audience & Education Manager

Nicola graduated with a BA honours in Broadcast Journalism (majoring in documentary film making) from the University of Glamorgan in 2011. Promptly after graduation, Nicola started work as an Account Executive with an experiential marketing agency managing nationwide events and social media campaigns with house-name clients such as British Gas, Gu Puds, Heineken, TKMaxx and more. Before starting as the Exhibition, Education and Regeneration Co-ordinator here at Ffilm Cymru Wales, she was a Project Manager for an international dance organisation, UDO, heading up the company’s newest annual event Dance Show LIVE and the National Schools programme which is the UK’s largest inter-school street dance competition.

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Natasha Wilson

Audience & Education Co-ordinator

Natasha joined Ffilm Cymru Wales in January 2018 after working in cinema venues over a number of years. Having previously worked at Chapter Arts Centre and as Audience Development Officer at Penarth Pier Pavilion, she also worked at Film Hub Wales as project coordinator for the BFI FAN Love and Sci-Fi Seasons. Her interest in audience development and independent cinemas was encouraged through studying for a Masters in Arts Management at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, following a degree in Journalism, Film, and Cultural Studies from Cardiff University.

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Jude Lister

BFI NETWORK Wales Manager

Jude leads on the delivery of BFI NETWORK Wales talent initiatives. Her experience in supporting and championing filmmakers at the start of their careers spans development, production, training and exhibition. Prior to joining Ffilm Cymru Wales, Jude managed the running of Creative England’s iFeatures development lab for debut features in partnership with BFI & BBC Films, as well as shortFLIX, a pilot initiative producing a series of short films for broadcast on Sky Arts by diverse writer-directors aged 18-25. She previously worked for Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and is still part of its pre-selection team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bizzy Day

Production Executive

 

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Celi Fowler

Development Executive

Celi has spent over sixteen years working in film and television as a producer in both development and production. Before moving into feature film, she began her career in factual television working on a wide range of high-rating productions for both the BBC and the Independent sector including: Coast; History Cold Case; Secret Britain; and The Summer Exhibition. Prior to joining Ffilm Cymru Wales, she worked at a number of film companies including Wildgaze Films and, most recently, Number 9 Films – on Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, and Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem. Celi is also on the committee for RTS Wales.

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Gwenfair Hawkins

Development Executive

Graduating with a BA in English Literature with Medieval Welsh, Gwenfair worked across film and theatre production in London and Bristol. Specialising in interdisciplinary practice, she worked with emerging companies on both their company strategies and creative ideas. More recently, she had worked in the directors’ office at Bristol Old Vic and in creative development at National Theatre Wales. Gwenfair works across the BFI NETWORK Wales funds and the Development slate.

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Siôn Eirug

Executive Assistant

Siôn’s background is in television drama production. After studying Film Production at Manchester Art School, Siôn gained experience as an Assistant Director and in the locations department on productions across South Wales such as Doctor Who, Born To Kill and Keeping Faith. As well as working with Ffilm Cymru, Siôn writes screenplays, and his Welsh language short film Mirain a’r Môr was broadcasted on BBC and S4C through the It’s My Shout scheme.

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Hayley Lau

Admin Assistant

While working in Retail Management, Hayley helped on various small independent productions as a Runner and 1st AD. Hayley then gained work experience on BBC's Bargain Hunt, which opened doors to becoming a freelancer working with the production teams for BBC's Make Me a Dealer and events such as BBC Wales Creative Nation Festival and BBC Digital Cities Cardiff.

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Ben Hooper

Communications & Events Manager

While studying at Cardiff University Ben was assistant editor at Bath-based music and arts magazine Junxion17. After graduating he continued to write for The Big Issue Cymru while working as Production Assistant at The Wales Theatre Company. He joined Ffilm Cymru Wales in January 2010.

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Caroline Lane

Foot in the Door Project Coordinator

Caroline has worked in the cultural sector in a number of creative outreach, engagement and audience development roles in Wales for over 15 years. After graduating with a BA Honours in Film and Television from Aberystwyth University, she worked as a Television Researcher on factual and light entertainment programmes including On Show and The Ferocious Mr Fix It.  While studying for a Master’s in Business and Law she managed Spill Media, designing and delivering practical film training and producing films for schools, third sector and private organisations, as well as securing funding for a multitude of film engagement projects.

Caroline was the Project Manager for Film in Afan, Ffilm Cymru’s pioneering mobile cinema and community regeneration programme. She has worked as a Project Manager on arts development programmes, including producing cross-arts festivals, exhibitions and programming and marketing theatre, film and live performances. She is one of the Project Coordinators for the WOW Film Festival Women’s Film Club.

Caroline has worked on the Foot in the Door programme as Project Co-ordinator for Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher and Dream Horse.

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Lloyd Elis

Skills and Training Executive Manager


Lloyd Elis joins the Ffilm Cymru Wales skills & training team having previously worked freelance for the last thirty years within the production department on Film and TV drama productions across the UK & International.

He has during the last decade worked extensively as a Line Producer and Unit Production Manager for companies as diverse as Netflix, Lionsgate, Starz Entertainment, Acorn TV, BBC Films, Channel 4 Film, Sky Atlantic, ITV and most recently has just finished working with Steven Spielberg for Amblin TV shooting season one of Brave New World for the recently launched NBCU streaming channel called Peacock.

Throughout his working career he has championed & fully supported onset training schemes such as Foot in the Door with Ffilm Cymru Wales, It’s My Shout with BBC Wales & the BBC training academy at BBC Elstree Studios when he worked as a Production Manager on EastEnders.

In 2019 he was responsible for developing and managing the joint partnership training scheme “Onset PA Bootcamp” on behalf of the Welsh Government & NBCU with the remit to train and select local based candidates during the training workshop period for the production company to then proceed to fully commit with engaging the trainee candidates with full/part time working contracts across various departments during the shooting period for the American TV drama called Brave New World which was shot on location and at Dragon Studios in Wales.

Siobhan Lynn Brennan

Skills and Training Executive

Siobhan works with Ffilm Cymru part time co-ordinating the day-to-day operations of training and skills related events.

Previously she worked as a freelance theatre director, facilitator and events co-ordinator. Since graduating from Warwick University with an MA in English Literature she has worked with National Theatre Wales, Sherman Theatre and English Touring Theatre among others. In addition she has worked facilitating training and skills workshops with young people for the charity FirstGive, the Wales Millennium Centre and Mess Up The Mess Theatre company and helped co-ordinate events in conjunction with the British Council in Wales and Chapter Arts Centre’s film department.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Reed

Finance Manager

Gail joined Ffilm Cymru Wales in February 2010. Prior to this, she had been Financial Accountant for a number of major organizations, such as Beacon Pipeline, a subsidiary company of Welsh Water, Barnardo’s, and M & N Plant (responsible for laying telephone cable for NTL, now Virgin). Her professional experience includes evaluating and implementing new systems to capture financial data providing timely cost effective information, corporate finance and production accountancy. She gained her professional MAAT qualification from Newport University in 1995.

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Pauline Walker

Bookkeeper

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