Ffilm Cymru Wales publishes Annual Report 2018-19

With 2019 drawing to a close, Ffilm Cymru’s CEO Pauline Burt reflects on 2018-19, as the company publishes its Annual Review.

“Ffilm Cymru has always supported Welsh talent – especially writers, directors and producers that generate intellectual property. That talent and the companies they build are the life-blood of a vibrant, creative sector and this report is no different in shining the spotlight on them. 

However, I am also hugely proud of the work that Ffilm Cymru’s team does to deliver a genuinely inclusive environment, where aspiring talent and crew, whoever they are and whatever their characteristics or circumstance, have genuine opportunity to enter and advance in this sector. This report reflects the result of that work – talent and crew that reflect the rich diversity of Wales. 

Wales is in a great place to grow, with progressive values and terrific content that is travelling the world. We’re looking forward to the year ahead with Creative Wales coming on-stream, and an Arts Council that is equally committed to a creative sector that delivers for everyone.”

Highlights of the year include:

Investing in 35 feature films, with development and production funding, including Billie Piper’s bold directorial debut Rare Beasts with Welsh producer Western Edge Pictures; two feature projects from Elwen Rowlands and Hayley Manning’s start-up film and TV company, Little Door Productions; Mad As Birds Films’ wartime thriller Six Minutes to Midnight starring Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard, and Dream Horse, a dramatization of the award-winning documentary, Dark Horse, which will premiere at Sundance in January 2020. 

Supporting Welsh director Euros Lyn, for a second-time, having funded his debut Welsh-language feature Y Llyfrgell. Euros captured the incredible true story of Dream Alliance, the Welsh champion racehorse bred on a Blackwood allotment. Made in Wales, with a terrific Welsh cast, it stars Toni Collette, Damian Lewis and Owen Teale;

Providing 35 people with creative career training and placements on our tailor-made inclusive Foot in the Door programme;

Supporting 23 cinemas, festivals and community venues to show more than 1,500 films to audiences across Wales, improving cultural access;

Funding film education projects that enabled 774 people of all ages and abilities to participate in creative learning; and

Celebrating Black History Month Wales with a special screening of Rungano Nyoni’s multi-award-winning satire I Am Not a Witch - developed and funded by Ffilm Cymru – hosted by Vaughan Gething AM in collaboration with Race Council Cymru and Watch Africa Cymru.

Having set clear targets and ways of working in our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan, we are proud of the resulting impact, with:

51% of the writers, directors and producers we funded identifying as women, 15% as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity, and almost a third Welsh speaking;

94% of our Foot in the Door trainees overcoming financial barriers, while 41% of respondents identified as living with a disability or impairment;

57% of participants in our film education projects were from underserved areas.

2019 was also the year we joined many in celebrating the 25th birthday of The National Lottery and the impact its good causes have had in benefiting communities across Wales. We have the public to thank:

Read our full Annual Report for 2018-19 here.