Shining a light on Welsh talent.

Through short film scheme Beacons, we

  • Develop bold and unique voices
  • Explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling
  • Establish burgeoning careers

Beacons is currently closed for applications.

In each round between five and seven short films are funded, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £15,000. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length, made in any genre or technique, including animation, documentary, Virtual Reality and 360° filmmaking, and may be in English, Welsh or a mix of languages reflecting the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Wales.

Full details on eligibility and the application process can be found in the Beacons guidelines and you can download application forms below.


BFI Welsh Talent NETWORK

The BFI NETWORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers.

Devised by the BFI and delivered by its national partners - Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen – the BFI NETWORK is committed to discovering the next generation of British filmmaking talent.


Read more: BFI Welsh Talent NETWORK

Company Support

Ffilm Cymru is committed to supporting Welsh talent and to contributing to a thriving and diverse indigenous film infrastructure in Wales. As part of this, we offer our Company Support programme for companies based in Wales with a focus on feature film.

Ffilm Cymru will make awards of up to £75,000 to established companies toward their growth, as well as awards of up to £6,000 to new film entrepreneurs to go toward mentorship and/or specialist consultancy. 

We’re looking to support forward-thinking companies who are developing exciting talent relationships, focused on understanding and growing the audiences and the routes to market for their work, and are ready to take their company to the next level.

For full details on eligibility and the application process please refer to our guidelines below.

The deadline for Company Support funding is 5:30pm on the 28th February 2019.


Developing and expanding filmmaker networks.

This fund has been developed to encourage both the creation of new networking opportunities and to strengthen those that already exist for film makers in Wales.

The funding is specifically targeted at networks providing expertise, support and/or peer group exchanges for screenwriters, directors and producers.

Some possible examples of this might be:
- Filmmaking Collectives
- Short Film Festivals
- Writer Groups
- Women In Film
- Online Mentoring Networks
- Film Industry Internship or Placement Schemes

Here are examples of what was funded previously:
- BAFTA Cymru Career Starters – networking and masterclasses in mid and north Wales
- Chapter Moviemaker – to extend activities to north and west Wales
- SHIFFT Female Filmmakers’ Lab – to run an event for female identifying filmmakers
- Swansea Scriptwriters’ Forum – supporting writers to move from stage to screenwriting
- Wales International Documentary Festival – international networking opportunities and the creation of an online resource and mentoring and networking platform

Of course we recognise networks come in all shapes and sizes, some more formal than others. Networks may meet on a regular basis, others may be focussed around special events, or address issues of gender, race, sexuality, disability, or divided by genre, platform or skill. Members may meet face to face or online.

Applications for the Connector fund are currently closed, but will reopen later in 2018. Please see the guidelines and application forms below for full details. 

If you have any queries, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your project prior to application, please contact:

Gwenfair Hawkins
BFI Welsh Talent Network Co-ordinator
02921 679369
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Ffilm Cymru Wales supports feature film project development, from treatment stage through to pre-production.

We prioritise feature film projects involving a Wales born or based writer, director or producer but we will consider feature films with significant Welsh cultural value.

Read more: Development


Developing films for families; supporting a film industry which is engaging and accessible to all.

Ffilm Cymru’s ‘Hatch’ programme will develop up to four live-action family films based on existing IP and will support filmmaker and venue understanding of how to cater for that audience. Targeted training events and activities that bring kids into the development process will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to gain feedback from their target audience and to benefit from the advice of experts in the field.

Read more: Hatch


A fast and flexible fund that adapts to your needs.

Through Horizons Support, we

  • Nurture emerging film talent
  • Tailor support for individual projects
  • Advance your career development

The Horizons Fund offers tailored support to circa 6-10 individuals and feature film projects per year of up to £6,000 per award. Whether you are seeking a mentor to help further your professional career, or project specific aid, the Horizons Fund can help. Horizons is a rolling fund, and open for applications.

For more information, please read our Horizons Support Guidelines and Application Forms below.


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Launchpad Events

Kick-start your career with intensive training.

Launchpad training events offer masterclasses, practical workshops, expert advice and hands-on experience.

Explore previous Launchpad events below.


Magnifier - Making the most of your ideas

Our Magnifier approach is designed to help participants identify and build their audiences and revenue streams from the earliest stages of a project’s development.

Read more: Magnifier


Ffilm Cymru Wales supports feature film projects with production and completion funding. We prioritise feature film projects involving a Wales born or based writer, director or producer but we will consider feature films with significant Welsh cultural value or opportunities for Welsh talent.

Read more: Production