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WALES The BFI NET.WORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers. Devised by the BFI and delivered by its national partners Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen â€“ the BFI NET.WORK is committed to discovering the next generation of British filmmaking talent. network.bfi.org.uk
HORIZONS A FA S T A N D F L E X I B L E F U N D T H AT A D A P T S T O Y O U R N E E D S Through Horizons Support, we
• Nurture emerging film talent • Tailor support for individual projects • Advance your career development
The Horizons Fund offers tailored support to circa 6-10 individuals and feature film projects per year of up to £6,000 per award. Whether you are seeking a mentor to help further your professional career or project specific aid, The Horizons Fund can help.
ANDROID IN LA LA LAND
Documentary following Godfather of Electronic Music, Gary Numan, as he moves to LA and returns to the studio for the first time in almost a decade.
Production Company: Perfect Motion LTD Producer: Rob Alexander Director: Steve Read Status: Completed
HIGH TIDE A mother and son go on a journey of selfdiscovery and confession along the Welsh Coastline.
Production Company: Long Arm Films Producer: Jimmy Hay Directors: Jimmy Hay & James Gillingham Writers: Jimmy Hay & James Gillingham Status: Completed
I AM NOT A WITCH After being exiled to a Witch Camp, a Zambian girl must decide whether to stay within the confines of the camp and live as a witch, or make a break for freedom and risk the consequences of dark magic.
Writer/Director: Rungano Nyoni Co-producer: Emily Morgan, Soda Pictures Finance: Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film4, BFI. Status: Post-production
M Y G R A N D FAT H E R T H E S P Y Docu-drama exploring family secrets surrounding the disappearance of Dave Evansâ€™ grandfather during the 1980s & his relationship with a mysterious Bulgarian woman.
Production Company: Shoot From The Hip Films Writer/Director/Producer: Dave Evans Executive Producer: Andre Singer Status: In production
Set in Oaklands California, this documentary follows a group of young black men trying to survive the gun culture, poverty and unemployment of their area, looking for a way out by developing their music and hoping for a better future.
Writer/Director: Alex Melhuish Producer: Stella Nwimo Status: Post-production
COLLECTOR OF SOUNDS
A middle-aged loner records and catalogues the sounds of nature on the Gower estuary. But as those around him raise concern about his mental health, they find a dark past still haunts him.
Writer/Director: Rupert Miles Status: In development
DONNA Following 70 year old trans performer Donna on a journey to perform in Las Vegas and reconnect with family who know her as Gustavo and have yet to meet her in her new identity.
Director: Jay Bedwani Producer: Dewi Gregory, Truth Department Status: In development
ECHOES Set in the untamed frontier world of the early Canadian Prairie settlers, Echoes is the story of two women - a Welsh immigrant farmer and a First Nation Ojibwe - who loved the same man. Their passage through love, hardship and tragedy leads to reconciliation, hope and new beginnings.
Writers: Phil Rowlands & Jordan Wheeler Producer: Juliette Hagopian (Julijette Inc) Co-Producer: Gethin Scourfield Status: In development
G L A S LY N Upon moving to North Wales with her husband and disabled daughter, an exhausted young mother comes to believe she is sharing her new home with a restless spirit intent on harming her family.
Producer: Gregory Mothersdale Writer: Stephen Davis Status: In development
Joe and Katie fake a relationship on Facebook to get back at their ex partners and find their romance blossoms for real.
Writer: Matt Redd Producers: Kathy Speirs & Andee Ryder Directors: Adam & Joe Horton Status: In development
LOVE2 Scientist Alice is socially awkward when it comes to dating but a genius when it comes to her work. She creates a duplicate of herself resulting in the birth of the scientific discovery of the century and the death of her love life.
Writer/Director: Keri Collins Status: In development
J O E & K AT I E A R E I N A R E L AT I O N S H I P
Following a mental breakdown, 21‐year‐old Ann returns to stay with her sister and mother on holiday in Maine. When Ann’s father turns up unexpectedly it triggers memories and she becomes fearful for her younger sister. But are her memories real or a product of mental illness?
Writer/Director: Brynach Day Producer: Gethin Scourfield Status: In development
OFF TRAC Funding towards post production costs on scenes filmed during Directors’ Lab, First draft screenplay & Mentor.
Writer-Director: Carys Lewis Producer: Lisa Davies Status: In development
N E C K FA C E Female driven comedy about every bridezilla’s worst nightmare: waking up with a spot. But not just any spot, a talking spot hell bent on bringing the big day down.
Production Company: Llanbobl Vision Writer: Sian Harries Producer: Barry Castagnola Director: Jacqueline Wright Status: In development
CPD AWARDS Directors from BFI NET.WORK Wales’ Women in Film Lab - Carys Lewis, Sam O’Connor, Miguela Gonzalez and Claire Alberie - were given additional support for their showreels. Writer/Director Jamie Adams – working with director mentor Kevin Allen, known for Trainspotting (1996), Spice World (1997) and Twin Town (1997).
Writer Alex Ireson – working with writer mentor Samantha Horley: EP on Miss You Already (2015) and Grabbers (2012), founder of sales and finance company Salt and the Vipers’ Nest talent development programme.
Producer/Director Suzanne Phillips – distributor mentor Deborah Rowlands (We Are the Tonic), producer mentor Nastasha Dack, (Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story and 2015’s Remainder). Writer/Director Leyla Pope – working with writerdirector mentor Tina Gharavi, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Film & Digital Media at the University of Newcastle, best known for her BAFTA nominated film I Am Nasrine.
Producer Angharad Elen – working with producer mentor Hilary Bevan Jones: The Boat That Rocked (2009), The Girl in the Café (2005) and To the Ends of the Earth (2005). Angharad is Associate Producer on FfCW-supported feature The Dark Outside, which is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones.
Writer/Director/Producer Maria Morancho – completion costs on short film Mercy as part of feature career development.
BEACONS S H I N I N G A L I G H T O N W E L S H TA L E N T
Through short film scheme Beacons, we
• Develop bold and unique voices • Explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling • Establish burgeoning careers
IN THIS HOUSE An elderly couple live out their strange and beautiful existence together in a relationship where not everything is as it seems.
Writer-Director: Owain Hopkins Producer: Alan Humphreys Production Company: Treetop Films
Since Dylanâ€™s mother passed away his nightmares have been becoming real, more violent and seeping into his waking hours. But how do you escape yourself?
Writer-Director: James Cookson Producer: Dominic Thomas Production Company: Phoenix Film & TV
PINK SUEDE SHOES Jasun Watkins brings his pink, brash and very camp Elvis impersonation act to the biggest Elvis tribute festival in Europe. We join him in the days leading up to the competition, as he recalls how his troubled family life and childhood suffering fed his desire for fame. Will Pink Elvis win over the residents of this small Welsh seaside town?
Director: Jay Bedwani Producer: Grant Vidgeon Production Company: The Festivals Company
PA N I C
A young Zambian girl, Shula, is exiled to a witch camp and must earn her keep by identifying a thief at a local factory. Will it be guesswork or magic that comes to her rescue?
Writer-director: Rungano Nyoni Producer: Emily Morgan Production Company: Soda Pictures
THE TRUTHFUL PHONE Based on Terry Jonesâ€™ short story, The Truthful Phone is a dark comedy about nasty pensioner Mae Morris - local busybody, pet kidnapper and husband killer - who unwittingly unleashes a magical gypsy curse exposing her secrets to the very townsfolk she has been tormenting.
Writer-director: Carl Rock Producer: Katie Pow Production Company: Kapow Media Productions
THE VIDEO MAN Through faded memories and home movie footage Emily gradually pieces together the story of her late fatherâ€™s demise, a journey that compels her to confront and exorcise the most painful memory of all.
Writer-director: Tony Hurley Producer: Samantha Price Production Company: Harvest Moon Films
T H I N G S T H AT FA L L F R O M T H E S K Y A story about collisions - between a swan and a power line, and between a muddy man in a ditch and a woman with blood on her hands.
Writer-Director: Catherine Linstrum Producer: Stella Nwimo Production Company: Bedlam Productions
Centred around John, a man in his 70s living on a remote farmhouse, This Far Up is a surrealist exploration of life, death and what lies in between.
Writer-Director: Ewan Jones Morris Producer: Miranda Ballesteros Production Company: Lunatica
ZERO SUM In the near silence of space, Ruth wakes up. As she slowly comes to life, she looks out of the window to see that her ship is one of hundreds orbiting an alien planet.
Director: Jimmy Hay Writer: James Gillingham Producer: Ross Bliss Production Company: Long Arm Films
T H I S FA R U P
A black comedy about Brendan, a toll booth operator in the middle of nowhere with a disdain for conversation, a mild lactose intolerance and an interest in the genre of the academic novel. Why do all his customers keep trying to change him?
Director: Ryan Hooper Writer: Matt Redd Producer: Tom Betts, Western Edge Pictures
BEDDGELERT Based on the Welsh legend, Beddgelert tells the story of Llewelyn, a prince grieving for his dead wife. He seeks solitude in a remote hunting lodge, taking with him his newborn son and his most trusted hound, Gelert. But despite Gelertâ€™s companionship, Llewelyn is blinded by grief, and he fails to see the new danger that threatens his family.
Writer-Director: Medeni Griffiths Producer: Julie Gardner, Bad Wolf Productions
C R E E P Y PA S TA S A L A D A werewolf with an anxiety disorder, a ghost with low self-confidence and a lonely witch muddle through their everyday lives in this apocalyptic animation.
Writer-Director: Lauren Orme Producer: Amy Morris, Winding Snake
EGG SOLDIER As a boy in an isolated farmhouse tries to survive his crazed father, he yearns for the return of his mother to protect him - but instead slowly discovers his fatherâ€™s grim past.
Writer-Director: Guymon Cheung Producer: Jona Ward Co-Producer: Stella Nwimo
A dinner party turns awkward when one guest arrives with the taxidermied body of her recently deceased husband.
Writer-Director: Carys Lewis Producer: Lisa Davies
SUNSPOTS In this delightful stop-motion comedy of megalithic proportions, travel through the mysterious mists of time and join three wise old druids on a quest to restore the balance of their world after an inexplicable catastrophe.
Writer-Director-Animator: Shwan Nosratpour Producer: Ed Talfan, Severn Screen
An anonymous man in a mac is walking through rush hour of a city. Unbeknownst to anyone he is wearing a suicide vest. While determinedly walking through the crowds, he is disturbed by unexpected glimpses of humanity. Away from the crowd he breaks down. Can he complete his mission?
Writer-Director: Lesley Manning Producer: Myf Hopkins Production Company: Fifteen & A Half Ltd
STRAEON IRIS A new Welsh language LGBT short film scheme in conjunction with the Iris Prize Festival, supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NET.WORK. Straeon Iris aims to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh.
AFIACH A cow, a bed and a strange Station Master surround a woman waiting on a railway platform for a train to take her far away, perhaps to India? Her wife pleads for her to remain for these last days of her life. The train is coming - but is it hers and will she step on board or stay a while longer?
Writer: Bethan Marlow Director: Carys Lewis Producer: Grant Vidgen, Festivals Company
Welsh National Opera, The Space & BFI NET.WORK Wales supported three Welsh filmmakers to collaborate with composers responding to events in the news for their OCCUPATION season.
BLACK CHRISTMAS Ewan Jones Morris collaborated with High Contrast. Black Christmas is a satirical take on the commerciality of Christmas in our modern age. With a very gruesome present.
Cyrus Mirza Shafa collaborated with Cerys Matthews. In response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in America, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is a moving cover of the well-known spiritual, ‘Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen.’
T H E S L E E P I N G M AT Margaret Constantas collaborated with Judith Weir. Following the Hong Kong protests, this piece responds to the students camping in the middle of a motorway, their idealism and frail beauty of their living spaces including the woven mats they had to sleep on.
O C C U PAT I O N
I C A N ’ T B R E AT H E
Launchpad training events offer masterclasses, practical workshops, expert advice and handson experience.
L A U N C H PA D K I C K - S TA R T Y O U R C A R E E R W I T H I N T E N S I V E T R A I N I N G
LAUNCHPAD AT HAY
Three days of talent labs for directors and writers, film finance meetings, workshops on book-tofilm adaptations, talent surgeries, script readings and masterclasses.
FEMALE FILMMAKERS L A U N C H PA D
This intensive training event offered emerging female directors mentoring, masterclasses and the opportunity to rehearse, shoot and edit scenes from their developing feature projects with a professional cast and crew.
RICHARD BOOTHâ€™S BOOKSHO P CINEMA H A Y - O N - W Y E , 2 6 TH - 2 8 TH M A Y
L A U N C H PA D
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This event was targeted specifically at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent with the aim of championing under represented voices and stories from Wales.
Featuring a host of talks and masterclasses to equip aspiring filmmakers in Wales with the tools to progress their careers, this event coverered how to progress short films and web series to the cinema, telling stories for an international audience, as well as making and marketing films in the Welsh language.
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Y LABORDY BFI NET.WORK Wales partnered with Literature Wales, S4C and the Arts Council of Wales to deliver Y Labordy - a high-level mentoring scheme for writers working across theatre, film and television in the Welsh language. Bethan Marlow, Dafydd James, Fflur Dafydd and Jon Gower worked with mentors including Lisa Albert, the award-winning writer and producer of American period drama Mad Men, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, writer and co-creator of the Danish political drama series Borgen, and Welsh filmmaker Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor). The innovative year-long initiative began with a residential course held at TĹˇ Newydd Writersâ€™ Centre in Gwynedd.
SCRIPT READINGS & SHOWCASES
We have hosted a number of script readings and talent showcases for BFI NET.WORK and Ffilm Cymru Wales projects, including Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides, Perish, Joe & Katie are in a Relationship, Dear Norman Mailer, Mae Gen I Gariad and Maldod.
BFI NET.WORK Wales has also showcased emerging Welsh filmmaking talent at events across the country, including the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, BAFTA Cymruâ€™s shorts screening, and Sinemaes at the National Eisteddfod.
D E V E L O P I N G A N D E X PA N D I N G F I L M M A K E R N E T W O R K S Build communities of mutual support | Encourage shared learning | Promote an innovative and inclusive filmmaking culture
2016 AWARDS BAFTA Cymru Career Starters Chapter Moviemaker Female Filmmakersâ€™ Lab Swansea Scriptwritersâ€™ Forum Wales International Documentary Festival
• Support emerging and established filmmaking talent to reach new audiences.
• Explore new ideas to maximise the value of film.
• Engage with the educational and
economic benefits that film brings to the rich culture of Wales.
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