Shining a light on Welsh talent.

Beacons is now closed for applications.

If you have submitted an application for the 2019 round of funding, there is no need follow-up regarding the status of your application. We will confirm receipt of your application by 4th October.

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.

Beacons is now receiving applications until 30th September 2019.

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