J U LY
NEW OPPORTUNITES FOR
ANOTHER ME SCARES UP FRIGHTFEST PREMIERE C E L E B R AT I N G T H R E E Y E A R S O F F I L M I N A FA N NEW FFILM FUNDS
w w w. f f i l m c y m r u w a l e s . c o m
FEMALE DIRECTORS Encouraging diversity with new directors’ lab
Female film directors across Wales are encouraged to progress their careers with Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest emerging talent Launchpad Lab through the lottery funded BFI NET.WORK. The intensive training event, presented in partnership with Creative Skillset, CULT Cymru and BAFTA Cymru, will offer 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. Held between 24th and 28th August at Barry Memo Arts Centre, the directors’ lab will also include film screenings and a networking reception hosted by BAFTA Cymru. Additionally, there will be open-sessions to stimulate wider debate across the sector on pro-active ways to support women to overcome challenges to entering or remaining in the sector, and to share their stories. The offer comes in the context of a wider UK and international debate on the relative lack of female directors, with just 14% of UK films directed by women in 2013, according to BFI statistics. Ffilm Cymru Wales is working to actively encourage more aspiring female filmmakers, across all grades and including directors, through increased access to training, mentors, networks and through creating spaces to share experience of the challenges and opportunities in working in the sector. This will help shape future offers of support. Find out more at www.ffilmcymruwales.com
A N O T H ME R
Isabel Coixet’s psychological horror selected for UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner stars as a young girl who is haunted by a secret past in Isabel Coixet’s cinematic adaptation of Kathy McPhail’s YA novel. Produced by Rebekah Gilbertson of Rainy Day Films, alongside Nicole Carmen-Davis and Mariela Besuievsky, Another Me was shot in South Wales, and also stars Rhys Ifans, Claire Forlani and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. The film is one of 24 UK premieres at this year’s Frightfest, and will screen on the 29th August. A UK release for Another Me will follow the premiere this summer through 20th Century Fox. Venues and festivals interested in screening the film can register interest with Film Hub Wales at www.filmhubwales.org
C E L E B R AT I N G T H R E E Y E A R S O F
On Wednesday 1st July, Ffilm Cymru Wales joined members of the Afan community to toast the third year of their pioneering mobile cinema scheme Film in Afan. Held in the grounds of Pen Afan Primary School, the event featured a marquee screening of Sundance award-winning Welsh documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, as well as films made by young people from the local community, and live music. Stars of the Dark Horse tale were also in attendance as special guests. Here are some photos from the event, please visit the Film in Afan Facebook page for more.
Film in Afan Project Coordinator Matt Roberts
Councillor Arthur Davies, Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, meeting members of the Afan community
Dark Horse star Jan Vokes
MAGNIFIER MAKING THE MOST OF GOOD IDEAS
Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to helping those we work with make the most of their good ideas. That’s why we’ve launched a new and systematic approach – Magnifier. The approach will bring people of different and complementary skills together; encourage shared learning and inform working practice, including the way that Ffilm Cymru Wales makes its funding decisions. The approach aims to: • Encourage shared learning amongst participants, guest experts and through shared research. We’ll collectively learn from what works, and what doesn’t. • Encourage extended networks and collaborative working across the creative industries, arts, education, technology and wider sectors. • Identify and understand the audiences for projects: where they are, what they value, how they behave and how to reach them. • Explore the full-range of potential value inherent in ideas. Value comes in different shapes and forms. This might include opportunities to develop wider intellectual property (IP), such as games, stage or screen adaptations, publications, exhibitions, events, soundtracks or educational materials. Magnifier is a chance to scope what is possible. • Encourage more sustainable business practices. • Support industry diversity by creating open, accessible and sustainable business models; and audience diversity by identifying, engaging and interacting with communities. Selected applicants from the latest development funding round are invited to a September cohort of cross-discipline experts, with a further cohort planned for February. Find out more at www.ffilmcymruwales.com
NEW FUNDS Greater opportunities for Welsh films and audiences with new ffilm distribution and collaboration funds
Ffilm Cymru Wales has launched a new distribution fund to further the reach of Welsh film. The pilot distribution fund will offer support for promising films of specific Welsh relevance that offer value to Wales, and provide greater choice for Welsh audiences. A total of £7,500 will be available this year to support Welsh film screenings and talent attendance in cinemas across Wales, including non-traditional venues and isolated communities, PR and marketing services, print and screener costs, and exhibitor screening events. The fund intends to increase the reach of Welsh film which ordinarily might not be able to secure theatrical distributor commitment, yet can demonstrate potential value and relevance to Welsh audiences.
E D U C AT I O N C O L L A B O R AT I O N Ffilm Cymru Wales has also launched a new Education Collaboration Fund, inviting partnership-based bids from two or more established film education organisations that can display leadership in the sector and the impact on the communities they work with. This new fund will encourage film and media education providers to work collaboratively in sharing skills and resources to strengthen the sustainability of the sector. These two new funds highlight Ffilm Cymru Wales’ commitment to Magnifier, their pioneering new systematic approach to exploring the full potential of Welsh film. Magnifier aims to not only extract as much value from supported projects as possible, but to encourage a more inclusive workforce, and produce content that is relevant and appealing to diverse new audiences. This cohesive new approach will be applied to FfCW’s activity across film development, production, exhibition and education. For full details of the two new funds and Magnifier, please visit www.ffilmcymruwales.com
OUT ON DVD 1 0 th august A vailable from www.channel4store.co.uk
Cover photos (clockwise from top): Rungano Nyoni, Isabel Coixet, Deborah Perkin, Louise Osmond, Jeanie Finlay @FfilmCymruWales
Welcome to our new monthly update on Ffilm Cymru Wales news, events, and more.