Shining a light on Welsh talent.

Beacons will be open for new applications from Monday 20th July until Monday 28th September.

Each year, Ffilm Cymru supports a crop of brilliant Wales born or based filmmakers to make a cinematic calling card through the Beacons short film fund.  

We are looking for dynamic and distinctive voices, original storytelling, visual flair, and production values befitting to the big screen and film festival awards categories.

This year, projects including a writer, director or lead producer from an under-represented ethnicity, living with disability (physical or mental), or from a lower socio-economic background will be prioritised. For more information on Ffilm Cymru’s commitment to levelling the playing field in film, please read our EDI Action Plan

Funding in Brief

Funding available: Ffilm Cymru will make awards of between £5,000 and £15,000 to each project.
Number of films awarded: We usually fund between 5-7 projects a year.
Partnership funding: Filmmakers may raise additional third-party investment. Ffilm Cymru may engage a financing partner or broadcaster on the Beacons scheme at commissioning stage.
Content: Any genre or technique (including animation and documentary) if it is achievable within the budget. Depiction of Wales is not required unless it is the short idea you’re most excited about!
Duration: Your film should be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Delivery: DCP (Apple Pro Res or QuickTime), Blu-ray & DVD

If you would like to apply for Beacons funding, please ensure you have read the full guidelines below before completing the application form.

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BFI NETWORK brings together national film agencies and leading cultural venues to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers across the UK, with investment from the National Lottery.

Delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NETWORK Wales exists to support Welsh born or based filmmaking talent at the beginning of their careers.

Read more: BFI NETWORK Wales

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.

Our Company Support fund is currently closed for applications.


Connecting people, building skills.

Ffilm Cymru supports individuals or organisations to deliver targeted training and networking activity for new and emerging writers, directors and producers in Wales through the BFI NETWORK Wales Connector Fund.
We fund 3-6 Connector projects a year with awards capped at £6,000. We prioritise applications that focus on under-represented groups and that offer practical as well as inspirational support to the career progression of participants.
In order to ensure that your project meets the objectives of the Connector fund, please read the guidelines carefully.

Application Deadlines

Monday 11th May, 5pm
Friday 6th November, 5pm

If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of your application, please contact:
Nick Davies
BFI NETWORK Wales Manager
02921 679369 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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


A new platform for creative talent in Wales

Ffolio is an exciting new partnership between Ffilm Cymru, BBC Wales, BBC Arts and the Arts Council of Wales. It will offer training, mentoring and BBC commissioning opportunities to creatives, with a demonstrable track record in another discipline, based in Wales and without a professional director's credit within film or TV.

If you’re a dancer, blogger, musician, writer, photographer, graffiti artist, games designer, puppeteer, circus performer, animator or are professionally creative in any form, we want to hear from you.

If shortlisted, you’ll receive training, bespoke support to develop your short film ideas and bursaries for costs such as travel, childcare or an interpreter.

In Brief

Film duration: 90 seconds to 5 minutes.
Number of ideas that will be commissioned:
up to 16 short films in total.
Your idea for round 1 of Ffolio should push the boundaries of film, whether that be through story or experimentation with sound, image or structure. It might include animation, documentary, scripted drama or performance. However it should be achievable within a production budget of £5,000.

Deadline for applications: 1st May 2020

Projects that are longlisted for Ffolio round 2 will be invited to attend a two day Ffolio Bootcamp on 19/06/20 & 20/06/20, at venue in Wales, TBC.

Please read our full Guidelines for more information. If you’re unsure about anything, try having a look at our FAQs.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there or you just want to talk something through, please contact Caroline and Amy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 02921679369.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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


Developing feature film projects and careers.

Ffilm Cymru supports the feature ambitions of emerging writers, directors and producers born or based in Wales through the BFI NETWORK Wales Horizons Fund.

Horizons is a rolling fund and open for submissions.

We provide bespoke support to circa 6-10 individuals or feature film projects each year. Applicants seeking career development support may apply for up to £6,000; while project-based applications may apply for up to £10,000.

In order to ensure that your application meets the objectives of the Horizons fund, please read our guidelines carefully before completing the relevant application form below: Project or Career Development.

We recommend you sign up for an appointment at one of our monthly talent surgeries to discuss your application before applying.

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.

This one-day event was primarily aimed at writers, producers, directors, actors and other creatives from an ethnic minority background, looking to develop a career in film, TV or theatre.

With an exciting cross-disciplinary focus, Launchpad was held bilingually through the medium of English and Welsh, offered a range of sessions including panel discussions, masterclasses plus speed networking with fellow creatives, production companies, talent agents, executives, support organisations and more.




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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