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FOOT IN THE DOOR STEPS OUT ACROSS WALES knock twice vr game t ’ n o d new the + enter S T R E A O N I R I S returns e m sche m fil short T + LGB co m m unit y pro j ect new in theatre eets m m + fil


Foot in the Door steps out across Wales Following their successful Foot in the Door pilot training scheme, Ffilm Cymru Wales are now offering people across South and North Wales the opportunity to learn valuable skills on the set of a major new television series from the makers of Hinterland. Across Blaenau Gwent and North Wales, via the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, new Welsh and English language TV thriller Craith is shooting from May to December this year. Ffilm Cymru Wales are working in partnership with Welsh production company Severn Screen and local housing associations Tai Calon and Grŵp Cynefin to provide a programme of free training and production placements on Craith through Foot in the Door. The scheme is offering people over the age of 18 that are not otherwise engaged in employment, education or training the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new transferable skills that can launch a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees will receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, and eligible applicants may also receive support for travel and childcare.

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Head of Creative Business Kimberley Warner comments: “Foot in the Door goes to the heart of our beliefs as an organisation. We’re excited to bring this unique training model to new locations in Wales.” Managed by Faye Hannah, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ pilot Foot in the Door programme in April 2017 saw individuals from the Newport and Caerphilly areas rub shoulders with Hollywood stars Michael Sheen (The Queen, The Twilight Saga) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey) on the set of The Raid director Gareth Evans’ forthcoming thriller Apostle. Since their placement, some of those trainees have already secured paid employment in the film, television and wider sectors. People from North Wales can apply to Foot in the Door from the 2nd October. Full details and online application forms can be found on the Foot in the Door page of www.ffilmcymruwales.com Foot in the Door is supported by the Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s Partnership Fund and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.


“From when I was a little girl, I always wanted to work on the other side of the camera and I’ve got a passion for make-up. Foot in the Door has been amazing, and opened my eyes to where I can look to get further jobs in the industry; it isn’t such a strange world now.” Jaimie-Leigh Grierson

“Working in this industry seemed unattainable - but I jumped at this chance and now here I am, and I’ve been working in the art and design department. The sets are phenomenal- I’ve been using my painting, carpentry and arts and design skills; it is hard work but rewarding.” Norman Porter


Wales Interactive launch VR game based on the Ffilm Cymru Walessupported horror film. The Welsh developers’ VR horror game is out now for PS VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Don’t Knock Twice is a first-person VR horror game based on a psychologically terrifying urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the frightening truth behind the urban tale of a vengeful, demonic witch. One knock to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead. The game was developed alongside the horror film Don’t Knock Twice, in partnership with Ffilm Cymru Wales and Red and Black Films. Starring Lucy Boynton and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), and directed by Caradog James (The Machine), the film is available now on DVD and digital download. The game launched at £15.99 / $19.99 and with that, the player will receive the full VR game and the option to play without a VR device. This will be bundled with the game and no extra purchase or download is necessary. Xbox One gamers will receive the standalone non-VR version for £9.99 / $14.99. As well as VR, Don’t Knock Twice can also be played without a VR device and Wales Interactive have balanced the scares for both scenarios to create a VR horror that’s accessible and enjoyed by all. They’ve implemented many different controller setups including standard controllers, single or dual PlayStation Move controllers, Vive controllers and Oculus touch. You can play seated, standing or room-scale.

Don’t Knock Twice is a 2-3 hour game with adventure horror style gameplay driven by narrative clues, an intuitive control system featuring teleportation, “stretchy hands” and aone-click 180° rotate button, hidden collectables and achievements, two ending scenarios and a Platinum Trophy. The Don’t Knock Twice film was written by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler, directed by Caradog James and produced by Red and Black Films’ John Giwa-Amu. It was supported from an early stage by Ffilm Cymru Wales, and was the first Welsh project to benefit from Welsh Government and Pinewood Pictures’ Media Investment Fund.


AU D IENCE ACCESS A W AR D S

Launched in April 2017, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ new Audience Access fund is designed to promote a vibrant and dynamic film culture by increasing access and broadening the range of films available to all audiences across Wales. Our latest funding awards to cinemas, film festivals and pop-up cinema programmes reflect the rich and diverse culture Wales has to offer. Find out more about the awardees below.

As well as programming the main festival to be held in the Spring of 2018, WOW host special events throughout the year, including pop-up screenings of foreign-language films in local community centres and the WOW Women’s Film Club (pictured below).

I ris P ri z e F il m F esti v al The Iris Prize Festival returns to Cardiff to showcase the best in LGBT film from around the world. In addition to the 35 short films competing for the Iris Prize itself, this year’s festival features 10 new feature films, sessions discussing issues of gender inequality and disability in film, a producers’ forum, opening and closing night parties, and the new Iris Carnival extravaganza combining food, film and music. The festival runs between the 10th and 15th October, and the full line-up can be found at www.irisprize.org

W ales O ne W orld F il m F esti v al The WOW Film Festival brings the best in world cinema to Wales, travelling across the country to cinemas and arts centres in Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Mold and Cardigan.

W icked W A L E S Following their inaugural festival in September 2016, this film festival for young people returns to the Rhyl Little Theatre in October of this year. Featuring screenings, competitions, workshops, and special events, Wicked


Wales supports and celebrates the creativity of young filmmakers. The festival organisers also host pop-up film events in Rhyl throughout the year, as well as train local youngsters to programme their own cinemas!

A ber y stw y th A rts C entre The Aberystwyth Arts Centre cinema programme features a broad range of films - from arthouse gems to blockbusting superheroes - as well as special screenings of concert films and live theatre.

T heatr C lw y d This arts centre in Mold has a a strong programme of independent cinema, with themed strands focussing on world and LGBT film, as well as screenings of world-class live performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and Broadway’s Metropolitan Opera. The next deadline for applications to Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Audience Access fund is 21st November 2017. For guidelines and application forms please visit www.ffilmcymruwales.com

A bertoir H orror F esti v al Aberystwyth Arts Centre also plays host to the annual Abertoir Horror Festival - six days of the best horror films the world has to offer, as well as special guests, talks, live music, theatre performances and Professor Gaz’s pub quiz! This year’s Giallo-themed festival will take place between 14th and 19th November, with full programme details to be announced very soon. Stay tuned at www.abertoir.co.uk

“Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to improving access to film across Wales. The Audience Access fund is open to film exhibitors of all types who are looking to grow and develop their audiences, especially within groups that have been typically harder to reach through traditional methods. We’re excited to see applications from independent cinemas, film festivals, community and pop-up provisions and we’re proud of the diverse range of projects so far as together we believe they contribute to building an inclusive film culture in Wales.” Nicola Munday Audience, Education and Regeneration Manager Ffilm Cymru Wales


Ffilm Cymru Wales have partnered with National Theatre Wales to develop a program of community film education to accompany their latest show. We’re Still Here is a dynamic new piece of site-specific theatre focusing on the Port Talbot steelworks. Based on interviews with steelworkers, union representatives and the people of the local community, it celebrates the unique spirit of the town. Six years after The Passion, which Ffilm Cymru Wales adapted into the unique film The Gospel of Us, We’re Still Here marks National Theatre Wales’ return to Port Talbot. We caught up with project manager Caroline Lane as she started working with local young people and adults on the film education programme.

Can you tell us a bit about the project? Ffilm Cymru Wales has funded this collaborative project to develop a programme of community film education to accompany National Theatre Wales’ latest show, created in co-production with Common Wealth. Filmmaker Megan Jenkins and I will be delivering intergenerational film education workshops for adults and young people to create films that share varied stories and experiences of the Port Talbot steelworks. We will also be visiting local libraries, community centres and other community spaces to record snapshots of memories to form a collective film poem. We are capturing the collective community experience around the creative process undertaken during the development of We’re Still Here, so we are filming rehearsals and interviewing members of the cast and crew to record this unique project. Who are you working with? This is a pilot exercise that is exploring further collaborative opportunities between Ffilm Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales. We are also working with Tai Tarian Housing Association in Neath Port Talbot and their tenants, as well as members of the wider community, to bring their stories to life through film. They will receive training in all aspects of filmmaking, and most importantly, will have the opportunity to have a voice on their community history and the steelworks. We hope that not only will the participants learn new skills in the practical aspect of filmmaking, but will also learn from each other through stories and memories shared.


How do you approach working across theatre and film? At the heart of both artforms is the telling and sharing of stories. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to record community members’ voices, and bring them to life through film. We’re Still Here is the inspiration for the film work, and demonstrates how powerful theatre can be by engaging the community and using real-life stories. We would like to emulate this in the films produced with the community. What’s next for you and the project? We’ll be arranging a community screening in the heart of Port Talbot to share the films, and celebrate the project as a whole with the short documentary film about We’re Still Here. We are looking forward to creating the films with residents of Port Talbot and sharing to the wider community. We’re Still Here runs between 15th and 30th September at the Byass Works, Port Talbot. Find out more and book your tickets at www.nationaltheatrewales.org

Photo: Dimitri Legakis, National Theatre Wales


Following its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and selection for the Toronto and London film festivals, Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature will be released in the UK this October. A present-day African drama about beliefs in witchcraft, I Am Not a Witch revolves around a nineyear-old girl – Shula - who is accused of being a witch. As she navigates through her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Writer-director Rungano Nyoni was born in Zambia and raised in Cardiff, Wales, which remains her home. Before making her feature debut, she made several short films, including BAFTA Cymru winner The List, and was supported from an early stage by Ffilm Cymru Wales through the BFI NETWORK Wales emerging talent fund. Produced by Emily Morgan of Soda Pictures and Juliette Grandmont of Clandestine Films, the film’s financiers include Ffilm Cymru Wales, the BFI, Film4, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC-Institut français), the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund and HBF+Europe: Minority Co-Production Support. I Am Not a Witch will be released by Curzon Artifical Eye in cinemas & Curzon Home Cinema from 20th October.

I AM NOT A WITCH


N o m i nat i o ns ann o u nce d f o r B A F T A C y mr u 2 0 1 7 Ffilm Cymru Wales-supported films have earned 14 nominations at this year’s awards. Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse leads the pack alongside Sherlock with five nominations; Best Actor for 2016 winner Mark Lewis Jones, Director for Chris Crow, Editing for John Gillanders, Photography and Lighting for Alex Metcalfe, and Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity. Welsh-language thriller Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides received four nominations; Best Actor for Dyfan Dwyfor, Director for Euros Lyn, Writer for Fflur Dafydd and Best Costume Design. Both The Lighthouse and Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides were produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme. Picking up single nominations are the Welsh star of Moon Dogs Jack Parry-Jones for Best Actor, Richard Stoddard for Photography and Lighting on Yr Ymadawiad / The Passing, Richard Campling for Production Design on Don’t Knock Twice, and Paul Wright’s Special and Visual Effects on submarine survival thriller The Chamber. Ewan Jones Morris’ film This Way Up, produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales and BFI NETWORK Wales’ short film scheme Beacons, was also nominated for Best Short Film. The 26th BAFTA Cymru ceremony will take place on 8th October 2017 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and will be presented by Huw Stephens for a third year. The ceremony will feature special guest performances and celebrity award presenters representing the best of the UK’s creative and media industries. Read the full nominations at www.bafta.org/wales


W els h L ang u age L G B T s h o rt f i lm sc h eme ret u rns Organisers of the Iris Prize have launched Straeon Iris 2, supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NETWORK. The aim of the scheme is to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh. The scheme is open to individual writers and also writer and director teams and will focus on developing up to six short film scripts before selecting one to go into production. “We have been sharing our stories with as wide an audience as possible for almost 10 years. During this time we’ve seen some amazing LGBT stories in many languages from all over the world. As we look to the future I think it is only appropriate for Iris to look closer to home and support LGBT story telling through the medium of the Welsh language,” said Andrew Pierce Festival Chair. “We are delighted to be working in partnership once again with S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales, who, between them have an unprecedented track record for supporting Welsh talent in Welsh and English. Through this partnership we will see LGBT stories from Wales in Welsh reach an international audience as we tap into our global network of partner festivals in 20 countries,” he added. The inaugural Straeon Iris was awarded to writer Bethan Marlow. Her project Afiach (pictured) follows a young lesbian couple waiting on a platform for the arrival of a train as they reflect on mortality and face death head on.

The director was Carys Lewis, originally from Wales, but now living in Toronto, Canada. Catrin Hughes Roberts, Director of Partnerships, S4C says; “Straeon Iris is a truly exciting project and we’re looking forward to working in partnership for a second time with the Iris Prize Festival and Ffilm Cymru Wales. As well as being an advocate for new Welsh drama, S4C is committed to reflecting diversity on screen. Straeon Iris promises to be an exciting opportunity for a cross section of voices to be heard, and will take the Welsh language across the world.” Tracy Spottiswoode, BFI NETWORK Manager at Ffilm Cymru Wales added, “Straeon Iris is an important addition in our commitment to supporting diversity, reflecting the rich variety of voices and stories from Wales. This exciting opportunity follows our Welsh language script writing scheme Y Labordy and current short film initiative Beacons/Bannau, and we’re looking forward to expanding our work with the Iris Prize Festival, who we’re pleased to have supported since they started!” The finished film will premier in Cardiff during the Iris Prize Film Festival in October 2018.


MAGNIFIER MAKING THE MOST O F YOU R ID E A S

Filmmakers looking to make the most of their ideas will have an opportunity to do so through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ fifth Magnifier event. Held at the Urdd, Cardiff Bay on 29th September, three sessions are open to all, providing an opportunity to explore how to effectively reach audiences and maximize revenues, including from the broader realisation of wider media, arts and education assets. Session 1: Festival Hack Whether you’re looking to raise finance for a project in development or sowing the seeds for selection in the programme, festivals and markets remain a key marker for the success of your feature film or documentary. Session 2: Writing winning creative pitches: the Devil in the Data Demographic data has transformed the way filmmakers such as Eli Roth pitch for investment, develop ideas and market their work. Yet resistance to bringing science into storytelling abides. Film and VR producer Uzma Hasan (The Infidel), multimedia producer and Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol Judith Aston, and creator of the hit web series Twisted Showcase Robin Bell, reveal why data should be every creative’s best friend. Session 3: How to bring your audience with you during film development Director Philip Clemo (The Air Still Holds on My Breath), Producer Rob Alexander (Gary Numan: Android in La La Land) and Gabriella Gilkes Science Programme Manager at the Eden Project talk through their partnership on the feature documentary Breath:Journeys through the Landscapes of Life. Magnifier is how we work. It’s an approach designed to help filmmakers identify and build their audiences and revenue steams. And we start this work from the earliest stages of a project’s development. Find out more and book your tickets at www.ffilmcymruwales.com


D AT E S F O R Y O U R D I A R Y 26th September Cymru a Iaith Ffilm Byd-Eang: Cymru and Contemporary World Cinema event, Galeri, Caernarfon 28th September Gary Numan: Android in La La Land plus Q&A with Rob Alexander at Tramshed, Cardiff 29th September Ffilm Cymru Wales Magnifier event 8th October

BAFTA Cymru awards

10th October

Iris Prize Film Festival

20th October

I Am Not a Witch released in cinemas

23rd October

B&B released in selected cinemas, DVD and VOD

14th November Abertoir Horror Festival 21st November Audience Access fund application deadline

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Ffilm 17 Issue 04  

Welcome to the latest update on Ffilm Cymru Wales news, events, and more.