New Ffolio round now open

The second round of Ffolio, a platform for creative talent in Wales that is part of BBC Introducing Arts, is now open for applications.

This exciting partnership between BBC Arts, Ffilm Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales, and the Arts Council of Wales offers training, mentoring and BBC commissioning opportunities to creative people in Wales. Whether you’re a dancer, blogger, musician, writer, photographer, graffiti artist, games designer, puppeteer, circus performer or animator, Ffolio is a new chance to celebrate your creativity.

Through Ffolio you will receive funding to develop your ideas for the screen, and up to 16 will be commissioned to be made into short films. The films will be shown on a variety of BBC platforms on air and online, including television, BBC iPlayer and BBC Wales’ social media channels. If shortlisted, you will also receive training, bespoke support, and bursaries for costs such as travel, childcare or an interpreter.

Kimberley Warner, Ffilm Cymru’s Head of Production, says "We are reminded during these challenging times of the power of the arts to foster a sense of connection and to help us make sense of the world. Having the skills and resources to make work for online audiences has never been more valuable, and we're pleased to be continuing with this brilliant scheme to support new creative voices in Wales."

BBC Director of Arts Jonty Claypole adds "BBC Arts is committed to creating and commissioning more arts content than any other broadcaster in the UK. We hope to do that through schemes like Ffolio, attracting talent who will give an insight into subjects that matter most to our younger audiences - all explored in a unique way by a new and diverse generation of voices waiting to be heard. We’re really excited to be launching the new call for commissions, which will see artists of the future broadcast across BBC platforms as part of BBC Introducing Arts.”

Ffilm Cymru are also hosting Ffolio talent surgeries for you to find out more. These 30-minute, one-to-one sessions are an opportunity to discuss your ideas with guidance from the Ffolio team, as well as information about Ffilm Cymru's other training and funding support. Sessions can be held by phone or Zoom video call; book your appointment here.

Over 100 people applied for round one of Ffolio earlier this year, with 18 exciting and imaginative projects longlisted. The selected creatives are now developing and workshopping their projects at special online bootcamps, including one-to-one sessions with the Ffolio production team, as well as filmmakers Janis Pugh, Carys Lewis and Ray Grewal. There will also be a webinar on developing films for online audiences with Rowan Kerek Robertson, a Social & Digital Media Consultant, Strategist, Producer and Trainer with over 15 years’ experience.

The application deadline for Ffolio round two is 15th May at 17:30. Find out more and apply here.