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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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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

Gwenfair left Cardiff to study English and Medieval Welsh at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently spent two years working in education and theatre in London. She has recently returned to Wales following two years in the directors’ office at Bristol Old Vic.

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Alice Whittemore

BFI NETWORK Wales Manager

Alice joins Ffilm Cymru Wales after having spent six years working across the film sector in London, including for the Barbican and sector development body Film London. There she was part of the Talent Development and Production team, contributing to their flagship training and production schemes including Microwave and London Calling. Alice has an MA in Film and Literature from the University of York, as well as a passion for supporting new and emerging filmmakers, and improving the inclusivity of the film sector.

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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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Faye Hannah

Foot in the Door Project Manager

Faye works with Ffilm Cymru Wales to Project Manager the pioneering Foot in the Door programme. She has worked within the UK Creative Industries for 15 years and is Director of Creative Industries Consultancy ‘Our Colab’.

Faye’s passion is skills and talent development within the UK screen industries: working across high-level partnerships with industry, training, education and public-sector organisations to support greater access and opportunity. She designs and delivers training and qualifications solutions to support creative industries skills gaps and shortages across the UK including Apprenticeships and accredited and non-accredited training. Faye delivers BFI Film Academy courses and works closely with FE and HE UK-wide on a range of digital projects and funding initiatives. Faye is a PRINCE 2 practitioner and has led high-level projects including Welsh Government SPFP2 and Arts Council of Wales/Welsh Government’s; Creative Learning through the Arts-an action plan for Wales. Faye proudly served as board member of WOW Film Festival and Ffresh Student Film Festival.

Faye has a BA Hons in Broadcast Media and Popular Culture and is undertaking her PhD by research at University of South Wales, focused on Creative Industries policy and talent development in Wales’ and UK Screen Industries.

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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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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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