Shining a light on Welsh talent.

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.

Read all about the latest slate of Beacons short films selected to progress into development here.

Beacons 2020

Due to the circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic, during the coming months BFI NETWORK Wales will be focusing on supporting its existing slate of short films to implement the appropriate safety measures, with production only returning once it is responsible and safe to do so.

The timeline of the next round of Beacons funding is under review and we expect to relaunch in 2021.

In the meantime, emerging filmmakers looking for support can also apply for our Horizons fund, which has been increased as part of Ffilm Cymru’s Covid-19 support package.

Writers, directors and producers yet to make a film budgeted at £1m, or people moving into film from other disciplines such as theatre, television or literature, can apply to the Horizons fund for:
- Up to £10,000 to develop a feature film project, or
- Up to £6,000 for continued professional development, such as training or mentoring.

Find out more about the Horizons fund and apply here.

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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


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