Get your Foot in the Door of the Film Industry

As The Raid director Gareth Evans shoots his new film in South Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ new scheme Foot in the Door presents an exciting new opportunity for 10 people to kick-start their future.

Ffilm Cymru Wales and creative industry consultancy Our Colab are working in partnership with US production and worldwide sales company XYZ Films and Welsh production company Severn Screen to provide a programme of training and production placements on the set of the Welsh filmmaker’s new feature Apostle.

The film will shoot in April in South Wales, and Foot in the Door is offering 10 people over the age of 18 that are not otherwise engaged in employment, education or training the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new training and skills, and to experience a live film set.

With the support of Charter Housing Association, Foot in the Door will recruit keen and ambitious people from communities in the Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire areas. These participants will first embark on a free five-day film training course led by industry experts, introducing them to the roles and responsibilities on set. With the guidance of individual mentors and industry experts, participants will then spend a week with the production. We are also pleased to announce that with the support of Charter Housing and Creative Skillset, successful eligible applicants can receive support with costs that may otherwise have proven to be a barrier for them, including support with travel and childcare.

From costume to construction, and design to administration, a film set presents a wealth of transferable skills that can launch a career in the creative sectors and be relevant to careers in other sectors.

Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, who was born and raised in the Cynon Valley before finding international fame with his breath-taking martial arts movie The Raid, comments: "I’m really pleased to be backing the Foot in the Door initiative, helping people from communities across South Wales break into the industry.”

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Chief Executive Pauline Burt explains the rationale behind setting the programme up as “we wanted to help build the capacity of the sector, which is experiencing real growth, in a way that enabled people from any background to be able to quite literally get a foot in the door and to be guided and supported in that process.

We’re committed to making the film sector more accessible and inclusive – and that needs practical and scalable solutions, particularly when dealing with the challenges that new entrants can face in a largely freelance environment that depends on availability and connections – so childcare, transport and networking are built in.”

Bronwen Lloyd, Director of Community Regeneration at Charter Housing, added “This is an innovative project that is very exciting for our tenants, and the film sector. Foot in the Door appeals to various ages and interests, and introduces people to a sector that they would not think was within their reach. I’m sure it will have long term benefits for both our tenants, and the film sector here in Wales.”

Full details and online application forms can be found here.

Ffilm Cymru Wales and Our Colab are also hosting an information drop-in day in the local area, where prospective participants can meet us and find out a bit more in person.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.