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Produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, The Toll is a dark comedy thriller directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper and written by Matt Redd. The film was shot entirely on location in Pembrokeshire during November, and is being produced by Vaughan Sivell (Prevenge, Pistorius) and Mark Hopkins for Western Edge Pictures. The Toll stars Michael Smiley (Rogue One, Jawbone, Free Fire) as Brendan, alongside Annes Elwy (The Passing, Little Women), Iwan Rheon (Hurricane, Game of Thrones), Paul Kaye (The Ghoul), and Steve Oram (Sightseers, In Fabric). Brendan works solo shifts in the quietest toll booth in Wales, hiding from a criminal past where nobody would ever look. When he finally gets rumbled, word of his whereabouts gets out and his enemies head west for revenge. Meanwhile, local traffic cop Catrin’s investigation into a simple robbery finds her heading for the booth at exactly the wrong time. Making his feature film debut following his BFI Welsh Talent Network-supported short Ambition, director Ryan Andrew Hooper comments “Our cast and our crew were amazing. Most directors think they have the best cast and crew, but I think we really did. I’ve wanted to be a film director since I was nine years old and to do so with such a great script and talented bunch of people was a privilege.” Producer Vaughan Sivell adds: “Matt Redd’s script has attracted such a wealth of talent to the coast of Pembrokeshire. It’s definitely a tall tale worth telling.” The Cinematic scheme is financed by Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI with the support of National Lottery funds, S4C, Great Point Media, and Fields Park Media Partners. Executive Producers on The Toll are Adam Partridge for Ffilm Cymru Wales, Mary Burke for the BFI, Gwawr Martha Lloyd for S4C, Jim Reeve for Great Point Media and Paul Higgins for Fields Park Media Partners.


heads to llandudno The 2019 Iris On The Move tour starts in Llandudno Junction, before visiting Newcastle, Manchester, Brighton and Bournemouth. Award-winning films, award-winning filmmakers and the best community and education work produced in Wales are confirmed for Iris on the Move 2019, as the three-day film festival returns to Cineworld in Llandudno Junction on 23 January 2019. The highlight of opening night is the north Wales premiere of 1985, which takes us back to the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Adrian returns from Manhattan to his conservative, Christian family in Texas, and a warm welcome from his mother, but a frostier one from his father. The moving film was presented with the Best Feature Award at the 2018 Iris Prize Festival. Much anticipated Rafiki is also screening as part of the festival. The lesbian love story was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier this year and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board. The 2019 programme also includes more short films than ever. The line-up includes Three Centimetres by Lebanese filmmaker, Lara Zeidan who will be interviewed on stage following the screening to talk about her Iris Prize winning

film. She will also be joined by Iris Best British winner, Claire Lawrie who will also be in conversation after the screening of her film, BEYOND ‘There’s always a black issue Dear’. There will also be a programme of short films looking at intimacy in LGBT+ relationships and Gender and Family - a selection of trans stories. Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented: “It is important that Iris engages with audiences across the UK. I’m thrilled that during 2019 we will be adding Bournemouth to our list of destinations as Iris on the Move returns to Llandudno Junction, Newcastle, Manchester and Brighton.” Lewis Bayley, BFS Industry Liaison, commented: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Iris Prize to bring Iris on the Move to Bournemouth next year. February is both LGBT History month and National Student Pride and therefore I can think of no better time to showcase this programme of award-winning short and feature films. We’re excited to accompany screenings with talks and networking to give our up and coming future filmmakers and storytellers the opportunity to gain greater insight into the industry. Some of Bournemouth Film School’s finest LGBT stories will be featured with the best of the best represented by Iris. We can’t wait for February 20th for 4 days of captivating cinema exploring LGBT+ stories.“ Find out more at www.ffilmcymruwales.com

​R a y & L i z wins two B ritish I ndependent F ilm A wards

The Ffilm Cymru-funded drama took home the Debut Director and Breakthrough Producer awards. At the BIFA ceremony on Sunday 2nd December, Ray & Liz director Richard Billingham won The Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director, while Jacqui Davies was awarded Best Breakthrough Producer. Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film The Favourite reigned over this year’s BIFAs with a record-breaking 10 wins, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Olivia Colman.

With Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham returns to the striking series of photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher-era Britain to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss. The cast includes Justin Salinger (Everest, Humans) and Ella Smith (The Voices, Kill Your Friends) as the younger Ray and Liz, Tony Way (High-Rise, Sightseers) as Uncle Lol, plus a number of young newcomers playing earlier incarnations of Billingham and his brother Jason as children. Following its World Premiere in Locarno, Ray & Liz was selected for Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. The film is due for release in 2019. Ray & Liz is financed by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales with National Lottery funding, in association with Welsh production company Severn Screen. Worldwide sales are being handled by Luxbox, excluding the UK which is being sold by Jacqui Davies’ Primitive Films.

FFILM CYMRU PUBLISHES 2017-18 ANNUAL REPORT Our latest Annual Report reflects Ffilm Cymru’s commitment to advancing a sustainable film sector and film culture that works for everyone across Wales. Highlights of the year include: • Rungano Nyoni’s BAFTA award-winning debut I Am Not A Witch, which received critical acclaim and was selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto, London and Sundance film festivals, before becoming the UK’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. The film has been widely acquired for distribution around the world; • The Welfare’s film education project Cynefin: Our Welcome, in which young people from two schools in Ystradgynlais celebrated their community’s current and long-standing welcoming of refugees with three short films; • The establishment of Ffilm Cymru’s award-winning training programme Foot in the Door, tailored to improve employability and social mobility by providing supported training and production placements for individuals living in financial hardship. Production placements were provided across Wales including Gareth Evans’ feature Apostle, for Netflix and BBC Wales/S4C/Severn Screen series Craith/Hidden, enabled by our partnership with Housing Associations, job centres, ScreenSkills and the Welsh Broadcasting Trust. Across the company, investments encouraged improved innovation, inclusivity and a focus on providing a breadth of offer for audiences. Investments include: • 17 feature films in development, such as Hijra, a kaleidoscopic documentary on the oldest transgender community in the world and Wales-Canada coproduction How Black Mothers Say I Love You, which adapts Trey Anthony’s successful stage-play; • 14 films with production co-investment including Sheffield Doc/Fest opener Queerama from Ie Ie productions, Angharad Elen’s Snowdonia-set feature debut Gwen and Screen Star of Tomorrow, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor; • 19 exhibitors supporting their innovation and diversification of audiences, working across cinemas, festivals, community and pop-up providers.



Young people & Syrian refugees in Ystradgynlais share their stories through film with Cyenfin: Our Welcome

Chief Executive Pauline Burt comments: “It is a real pleasure to see Wales’ creative sector recognised at home and internationally for not only the quality of its talent and creative products, but also for its innovation. We can see this recognised in the recent AHRC award to Clwstwr Creadigol, with a Screen Innovation System that draws upon Ffilm Cymru’s Magnifier approach to developing audiences and intellectual property. This, combined with grassroots work to open up sustainable career opportunities in the sector, all points to a bright future. As ever, I am hugely proud of the Ffilm Cymru team and I must especially thank our Chair, Michael Gubbins, for his many years of support and inspiration. He’s helped lay firm foundations that I know our incoming Chair, Professor Ruth McElroy, will be building upon.” Read the full Annual Report for 2017-18 at www.ffilmcymruwales.com

FFILM CYMRU MAKES C R E AT I V E B U S I N E S S C A L L Ffilm Cymru has once again opened its Company Support fund. The fund offers Wales-based companies with a feature film focus the opportunity to apply for loans of up to £75,000 that can respond to the needs of the company. And for the first time, companies that are yet to produce their first feature film or documentary can apply for awards of up to £6,000 toward specialist consultancy and mentorship to help guide their business development strategy. Ffilm Cymru’s Company Support fund is designed to build sustainable, creative businesses in Wales, enabling growth, facilitating innovation, and improving audience reach. The favourable-term loans are tailored to be responsive to the specific needs of the company.

Catryn Ramasut, Managing Director / Producer, ie ie Productions, who also leveraged a BFI Vision Award.

Welsh companies that have previously received Company Support from Ffilm Cymru include: Mad As Birds Films, who used the funding to open a new office in Llandudno, and went on to shoot upcoming film Six Minutes to Midnight there with Dame Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard; Red & Black Films, who explored the broader IP value in their horror movie Don’t Knock Twice, turning it into a hit VR game; and Y Gwyll/Hinterland producers Severn Screen, who increased staff capacity to work across Wales-shot television and film including Craith/Hidden, Denmark and Gareth Evans’ Apostle. Western Edge Pictures (Prevenge), Ie Ie Productions (Queerama), Barefoot Rascals (London Recruits), Dogs of Annŵn (The Lighthouse), Truth Department (The Borneo Case) and Joio (Bang) have also benefited from Company Support funding from Ffilm Cymru. Kimberley Warner, Head of Creative Business at Ffilm Cymru, comments “I’m very proud of our comprehensive support for the Welsh film sector over the past 13 years; from getting people without networks their first production placements, to helping them to develop and produce their first shorts and feature ideas, through to supporting them to grow and sustain their companies. The companies we have previously given Company Support funding to are innovative, ambitious and talent-driven, and I’m looking forward to discovering the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.” The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2019. Guidelines and application forms can be found at www.ffilmcymruwales.com

“The Company Support allowed Mad As Birds to transition and grow from a single film entity to a thriving production company. That money helped us build our skill base and relations in America, whilst shouldering the team while we developed good product for the market. We release three feature films in 2019 and are currently in pre-production on our next project, and casting & packaging another with a big US partner, which are results we could have only dreamed of without the constant belief and support from partners like Ffilm Cymru.” Celyn Jones, Mad As Birds Films

GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR Following our award-winning Foot in the Door training scheme pilot, Ffilm Cymru are now offering three exciting new opportunities to learn valuable skills on the set of a major TV production.

The second series of hit S4C / BBC Cymru Wales drama Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith is shooting until the end of February 2019, and Ffilm Cymru are working in partnership with S4C and Vox Pictures, as well as local housing associations, to offer free training and a week onset. Foot in the Door offers 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.

T rainee R oles and E ligibility

Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a recruitment day in South Wales on 16th January (Venue TBC). Training will take place 29th - 31st January, with on-set placements commencing on 4th February. For any queries relating to your application, please email: Angharad Williams on angharad@ffilmcymruwales.com

Available roles are:

- Production Department (Trainee Runner)

- Trainee Art Department Assistant

- Locations Department Trainee

You may have existing transferable skills in these areas already such as carpentry, an art qualification or in an administrative or co-ordinator role, for example. The ability to speak Welsh is essential for these opportunities. We welcome and encourage applications from those who can communicate fluently in Welsh as well as those who are learning and keen to work through the medium of Welsh. Filming will take place across central South Wales, (exact locations to be confirmed but travel support will be offered).

D eadline and A pplication form The deadline for applications is 12 Midday on Thursday 10th January 2019 and details of the application form can be found at www.footinthedoorwales.com

“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, Foot in the Door trainee.

R ungano N yoni awarded W ellcome S creenwriting F ellowship In partnership with the BFI and Film4, the fellowship worth £30,000 lets screenwriters explore intersection between science and health.

At the annual celebration for the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in November, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not a Witch) was announced as the 2018 Fellow. Now in its sixth year, the Fellowship gives a screenwriter of exceptional talent £30,000 to explore the intersection between screenwriting, health and science. Nominated by leading film and TV industry executives, this unique collaboration takes place without the constraints of a specific project. This allows the Fellow to gain inspiration and knowledge from Wellcome’s vast range of science and humanities resources, which includes access to research, meetings with leaders in the fields of science and medical history, visiting clinical centres and access to the Wellcome Collection. Rungano Nyoni said: “I have to say how utterly honoured I am to be this year’s Fellowship recipient. It’s not often that someone shows so much faith in you and your work that they support you with no strings attached. It has come at a time where I am trying to figure out what kind of filmmaker I want to be as I embark on my second feature. It’s beautiful and refreshing that Wellcome is allowing me to just explore. That’s rare. Right now I am fascinated by the idea of studying indigenous cultures in Africa, and other parts of the world, and the impact modernisation and colonisation has had on their mental health and communities. Besides that I will use the time to scour

through Wellcome’s extensive archives and collection of graphic novels.” The Welsh-Zambian writer and director’s debut feature I Am Not a Witch was lauded at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and Nyoni went on to win the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut for a British Writer, Director or Producer. Funded by Ffilm Cymru from an early stage, I Am Not a Witch has also been selected as the UK submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

A rts C ouncil of W ales O pen C onsultation Arts Council of Wales has opened a three month consultation on its future strategy for distributing funds from the National Lottery. The outcomes of the consultation will determine the way in which the Arts Council distributes the funds it receives from the sale of National Lottery tickets for the next five years. As the Arts Council of Wales’ delegate for film, Ffilm Cymru Wales distributes National Lottery funding to support: • Emerging and established Welsh filmmakers to develop and produce films • Education projects to inspire learning through film • Independent cinemas, festivals and community screenings to offer a broader choice of films to audiences across Wales. Individuals and organisations are now invited to have their say, and we want to hear from everyone, regardless of background or connection to the Welsh arts sector. Whether you’re a filmmaker, a participant in a film education project, or have simply seen a film at an independent cinema or festival, you can help shape the future of National Lottery funding distribution in Wales. You can have your say in three ways: • Submit comments online at http://www.arts.wales/ • Download the Lottery Consultation document and e-mail comments to yourvoice@arts.wales • Attend a public meeting held in Wales during the next three months: 7th January 2019, The Riverfront, Newport. 11th January 2019, Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 21st January 2019, Pontio, Bangor. The consultation closes on 15th February 2019.

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