WNO Filmmaker in Residence Opportunity

As part of a new Filmmaker in Residence scheme Ffilm Cymru Wales, BFI NET.WORK and Welsh National Opera invite applications from emerging filmmakers.


The BFI is committed to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmaking talent and the UK-wide BFI NET.WORK is delivered by its national partners, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen, as well as Film London.

WNO is the national opera company for Wales and the largest provider of touring opera in the UK.  A flagship cultural organisation resident at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the company performs annually to over 120,000 people. We tour to Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Llandudno, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Plymouth and Southampton, in addition to performances every summer at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and an orchestral concert series.
For this exciting collaboration, we are looking for creative and imaginative responses to the work of WNO, particularly focusing on the themes of the upcoming Summer or Autumn seasons of ‘Vienna Vice’ or ‘Russia ’17.’

Filmmakers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the programme and take an open and experimental approach to the brief and submit ideas where creative content could potentially work across different platforms, as well as being used and shared through online social channels.   

The appointed Filmmaker in Residence will have the opportunity to be embedded in the company during the period of rehearsals and performances on tour, with access to support and resources; including scheduled access to rehearsal spaces, artists, creative teams, artistic departments, work areas and our in-house video and audio department. We are open to all techniques and forms of filmmaking and applications are welcomed from documentary, fiction, animation and moving image artist filmmakers. The residency will lead to a piece of work which may be screened to the public in some form, whether that be online, across social media channels, theatrically or as a broadcast or part of an installation all depending on the nature of the work created. The budget for the project will be £6,000, to include the filmmaker’s time, any additional equipment hire, production and post production costs. Please see below for a list of equipment available to use.  Also included is a hot desk/work station at Welsh National Opera offices.

The Filmmaker in Residence will also be expected to document the process through social media and engage with the community either through artist talks, workshops or work-in-progress screenings.

Eligibility & How To Apply

Applicants must be born or currently resident in Wales and have made at least one live action or animated short film or piece of moving image art at a professional, self-funded or student level.  You must be over 18 years of age and not in full time education.

You should complete an application form (below) and submit this by e-mail (we cannot accept applications by fax, disk or post) along with the following materials:

  • A CV and a short biography
  • Examples of previous visual work. You must upload one sample piece of work to the BFI NET.WORK website postroom at http://network.bfi.org.uk/postroom. Other samples may be provided via a link to Vimeo, YouTube or similar platform and should be full length please – no montages or showreels
  • A personal statement (A4 page max) outlining the style and creative vision for your project and how you propose to approach the residency and respond to the chosen theme, your aspirations as a filmmaker and how this residency would support your goals.

Please send applications to BFI NET.WORK Co-Ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight Tuesday 28th February 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview either in person or via Skype on Thursday 16th March 2017. 

Equipment and resources available:

  • Sony HXR-NX5E
  • Nikon D7000
  • 2 directional mics (Sennheiser MKH 416)
  • Sennheiser evolution wireless microphone
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Teradek VidiU camera top HDMI streaming kit
  • Final Cut Pro X editing software
  • Access to Tŷ Cerdd recording studio at a discount
  • Access to artists and rehearsal space when not being used by the company.
  • Possibility of using props, costumes and pieces of set from WNO store
  • As a resident at WMC the filmmaker would be able to receive a 20% discount on food and drink at the centre, Wagamama's and Cote in Cardiff Bay.

Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to supporting a fully inclusive film sector and culture in Wales. This commitment spans across all our areas of activity – Make, See and Learn. Projects and individuals that we fund, as well as the beneficiaries of our programmes, should represent and reflect the make-up of Wales in all its diversity. We also require those that we fund to collect and share data and learning from their work, including their approach to encouraging greater diversity in cast, crew and trainees, or to engage with under-served audiences.

For BFI NET.WORK Wales activity, we will apply the BFI Diversity Standards. In doing this, we will be mindful of our Welsh context: treating English and Welsh languages equally, and improving access opportunities for those living in areas of poverty, for example.

The BFI Diversity Standards require applicants to demonstrate how their project will succeed in tackling underrepresentation across four areas of their project, with at least one tick needed in a minimum of two areas. Please outline in your application how the diversity standards apply to yourself or your project:

A - On Screen Representation, Themes & Narratives
This section considers the representation and recognition of specific groups on screen.
For example, is the project telling us something we do not already know? Is it a new voice? OR a familiar story told from a different POV?

B - Creative Practitioners & Artistic Leadership
Is the artistic leadership of one of the identified diverse groups likely to have a positive outcome on the project?
Does the project have the potential to open doors which have historically been closed?

C - Industry Access & Opportunities
The BFI will consider what the value is of the work experience and development opportunities offered.
Does the project present an opportunity to work collaboratively with other elements of the industry?
Are there wider and deeper career development opportunities to be offered?

D - Opportunities for Audience Development
This will be a required category for festivals, distribution funds and other funded audience activities, and offers an additional category for feature film projects which have distributors attached.

Considerations will include the nature of the programme or film, the audience it is aimed at and the intended long-term impact.
With a minimum of two ticks required, film projects receiving three ticks will carry the new BFI SCREEN DIVERSITY mark of good practice.

Find out more about the BFI Diversity Standards and download the full guidelines here: www.bfi.org.uk/diversity