Foot in the Door

If you are not currently in employment, education or training then Ffilm Cymru Wales’ award-winning training programme in partnership with local housing associations could help improve your chances of getting work. We focus on finding and creating local opportunities to work on film and television productions, where you can apply skills that are transferable such as carpentry, hair and make-up, and costume.

These types of skills and roles exist not only in film and television, but also in the broader creative and arts sector, including theatre, dance, opera, marketing and fashion, as well as in work sectors beyond those, such as the construction industry. Ffilm Cymru is the development agency for Welsh film, and we have the relationships that can help you to gain hands-on opportunities on film and TV sets. We also work closely with housing association partners to offer resources and support for possible issues like transport and childcare, making Foot in the Door an opportunity that can work for you, whatever your circumstances.

Most importantly, Foot in the Door will give you the confidence and practical insights that are an essential first step in the journey to steady employment.

Ffilm Cymru wants to hear from you if you are interested in our Foot in the Door training. We are currently lining up productions for Foot in the Door placements, so registering your interest will help us to give you as much notice of opportunities as they arise.

What will you get out of it?

  • Mentoring and training support throughout.
  • An opportunity to explore your skills and how these can apply to roles in the creative industries.
  • A better understanding and first-hand working knowledge of how the film/TV industry operates.
  • A chance to improve your CV, make new contacts and open the door to new opportunities.

Who can apply?

  • You must be over the age of 18, but there is no upper age limit on this programme, and we welcome a wide cross-section of applicants.
  • You must ordinarily live in Wales.
  • We will prioritise applications from those currently not in employment, education, or other training programmes and from housing association tenants.

Please note: your Foot in the Door placement should not lead to you losing alternate income or existing benefits for anyone not in work, for carers or anyone with a disability. We will provide support to help you to participate in the training and placements. This may include travel, childcare or anything that you believe is a barrier to undertaking the training. There is an opportunity to detail the support you require in the application form.

Build your experience

Foot in the Door offers opportunities for you to build upon your first experience. We can help find additional training and work experience placements, with a Foot in the Door Co-ordinator on-hand to support you and answer any questions you may have.

With funding from the Welsh Broadcast Trust, Foot in the Door can also offer bursaries to help you overcome any obstacles that may stop you from progressing on your journey, whether it’s transport and childcare costs, or equipment you may need. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more and apply.

Previous Trainees

Previous Foot in the Door trainees have met professionals in the sector, learnt about the various roles, and how to get work and further training, and have direct experience on-set, including on these productions:

Eleven trainees spent a week working on the South Wales set of The Raid director Gareth Evans new Netflix film Apostle, starring Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast). Their training also included a set visit to BBC Wales Roath Lock studios to explore behind the scenes of Doctor Who.

Three trainees that had worked on Apostle graduated to a longer paid placement on the set of forthcoming comedy-drama Denmark. Starring Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Rafe Spall, the film is produced by Severn Screen and is due for release later this year.

Craith (South Wales)
Ten participants from Blaenau Gwent worked on the set of Severn Screen’s new television thriller Craith / Hidden. The show was broadcast on S4C and BBC earlier this year.

Craith (North Wales)
Craith / Hidden was also shot across north Wales, and Foot in the Door provided on-set placements for eleven more participants, as well as a week of tailored training.

Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith
Three Welsh-speaking trainees were placed on the west Wales set of S4C / BBC Cymru Wales drama Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith with Eve Myles

Dream Horse
Our biggest ever Foot in the Door programme saw 35 participants engage in shadowing opportunities and training placements with major new film Dream Horse. Starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, this dramatic new adaptation of the incredible true story of champion Welsh racehorse Dream Alliance was shot in and around Blaenavon with director Euros Lyn in Spring 2019. 

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