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Ffilm Cymru Wales inspires creative learning with latest film education awards

Young people from across Wales will apply their creative, digital and communication skills to make their own films and have them shown in cinemas and online thanks to three new film education projects funded by Ffilm Cymru.

Film can be a powerful tool to encourage and teach people who prefer to learn visually about a wide range of subjects and social issues. Ffilm Cymru’s Education Fund is available to support projects that use film and filmmaking to engage and support people of any age or ability in Wales in their creative learning. 

The three newly supported projects are:

FUTURE FILMMAKERS
The first film education project from media, training and events company 73 Degree Films will teach the next generation of teenage filmmakers from Wrexham how to make films through a series of interactive workshops. Participants aged 16-19 will learn the practical basics of filmmaking, as well as valuable knowledge about creating online content while making money and staying safe.

GŴYL FFILM PICS EDUCATION
Starting in February half term, the PICS Young People’s Film Festival in Caernarfon will give filmmaking workshops in Welsh, with some exploring gender and sexuality. Young people taking part can also create their own content to be shown on Welsh broadcaster S4C’s online Hansh channel.
 
IRIS EDUCATION
Up to 700 pupils from secondary schools across Wales will learn how to progress their creative careers through the latest film education project from the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Pupils will have the opportunity to make their own short films, which will be shown at the next Iris Prize Film Festival events in Cardiff and Llandudno.

You can see some of the short films produced by young people through previous Iris Education projects below.



Ffilm Cymru’s Audience & Education Manager, Nicola Munday says: “It’s wonderful to announce these great film education projects. All of our funded organisations do incredible work to provide young people with a quality, educational and entertaining experience of film, and I’m excited to be working alongside them over the coming year.”

Ffilm Cymru invested over £40,000 of National Lottery funding in film education projects across Wales in 2019-20. Last year over 770 people of all ages and abilities, 57% of whom are from underserved areas of Wales, benefitted from these projects, which in turn helped to build confidence and aspiration, as well as technical and communication skills. You can find out more about our work in Ffilm Cymru’s latest Annual Report here.

The next application deadline for film education funding is 31st May 2020. Find out more here.