Shorts selected for Welsh Beacons scheme

BFI NET.WORK Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales are proud to announce the projects selected for their short film scheme Beacons. The nine teams will now take their projects into production, with additional support from the Edicis Group.

The short films cover a diverse range of genres and themes, from surrealist drama and sci-fi, to dark comedy and feel-good documentary.

The selected projects and their teams are:

Coming Home
Writer-director: Ewan Jones Morris

Concrete Jungle
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Writer: Bethan Marlow
Producer: Gregory Mothersdale

In This House
Writer-director: Owain Hopkins
Producer: Alan Humphreys

Writer-director: James Cookson
Producer: Dominic Thomas

Pink Suede Shoes
Director: Jay Bedwani
Producer: Jessica Colman

The Truthful Phone
Writer-director: Carl Rock
Producer: Katie Pow

The Video Man
Writer-director: Tony Hurley
Producer: Samantha Price

Things That Fall From The Sky
Writer-director: Catherine Linstrum

Zero Sum
Director: Jimmy Hay
Writer: James Gillingham
Producer: Edward Thomas

The exciting slate reflects the rich culture and diverse filmmaking talent currently emerging from Wales, including Rungano Nyoni, whose recent short film Listen was awarded the Short Narrative prize at Tribeca Film Festival making it eligible for selection for the Oscars, and Bethan Marlow who is also a selected participant on the Y Labordy Welsh language writers’ lab managed by Literature Wales and co-funded by S4C, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Skillset. Bethan is also working with National Theatre Wales, and is exploring a live action role playing technique, developed with Swedish colleagues.

Zero Sum will be produced by Edward Thomas, famed for his work on Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons and the Elijah Wood-starring Dylan Thomas drama Set Fire to the Stars, and Pink Suede Shoes will see director Jay Bedwani follow his recent documentary The Mother, which won Best UK Short at Cardiff’s international LGBT Iris Prize Festival in 2013.  

The Beacons short films are a welcome addition to the BFI NET.WORK Wales portfolio, which also includes stand-alone shorts supported through the Horizons’ flexible funding strand. Horizons supported shorts include Maria Morancho’s Mercy, which explores issues of child neglect and is further supported by an Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award; Paul Howard Allen’s Thinking Cap, produced by Vivien Muller Rommel; and Natalie, a short drama exploring transgender issues from Mathew Owen, Mikey Murray and Naysun Alae Carew.

BFI NET.WORK Wales manager Tracy Spottiswoode comments: “Beacons was devised to shine a light on the new generation of exciting filmmaking talent in Wales, while providing a crucial step in their creative and career development. This is a great opportunity for writers and directors to explore and refine their approach, to experiment and develop their voice, whilst the producers support their teams through to production using their entrepreneurial, creative, management and marketing skills.”