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Ffilm Cymru Wales publishes 2017-18 Annual Report

Our latest Annual Report reflects Ffilm Cymru’s commitment to advancing a sustainable film sector and film culture that works for everyone across Wales.

Highlights of the year include:

Rungano Nyoni’s BAFTA award-winning debut I Am Not A Witch, which received critical acclaim and was selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto, London and Sundance film festivals, before becoming the UK’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.  The film has been widely acquired for distribution around the world;

The Welfare’s film education project Cynefin: Our Welcome, in which young people from two schools in Ystradgynlais celebrated their community’s current and long-standing welcoming of refugees with three short films;

The establishment of Ffilm Cymru’s award-winning training programme Foot in the Door, tailored to improve employability and social mobility by providing supported training and production placements for individuals living in financial hardship. Production placements were provided across Wales including Gareth Evans’ feature Apostle, for Netflix and BBC Wales/S4C/Severn Screen series Craith/Hidden, enabled by our partnership with Housing Associations, job centres, ScreenSkills and the Welsh Broadcasting Trust.

Across the company, investments encouraged improved innovation, inclusivity and a focus on providing a breadth of offer for audiences.  Investments include:

17 feature films in development, such as Hijra, a kaleidoscopic documentary on the oldest transgender community in the world and Wales-Canada co-production How Black Mothers Say I Love You, which adapts Trey Anthony’s successful stage-play;

14 films with production co-investment including Sheffield Doc/Fest opener Queerama from Ie Ie productions, Angharad Elen’s Snowdonia-set feature debut Gwen and Screen Star of Tomorrow, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor;

19 exhibitors supporting their innovation and diversification of audiences, working across cinemas, festivals, community and pop-up providers.

Chief Executive Pauline Burt comments: “It is a real pleasure to see Wales’ creative sector recognised at home and internationally for not only the quality of its talent and creative products, but also for its innovation. We can see this recognised in the recent AHRC award to Clwstwr Creadigol, with a Screen Innovation System that draws upon Ffilm Cymru’s Magnifier approach to developing audiences and intellectual property.  This, combined with grassroots work to open up sustainable career opportunities in the sector, all points to a bright future.

As ever, I am hugely proud of the Ffilm Cymru team and I must especially thank our Chair, Michael Gubbins, for his many years of support and inspiration. He’s helped lay firm foundations that I know our incoming Chair, Professor Ruth McElroy, will be building upon.”

Read the full Annual Report for 2017-18 here.