Ffilm Cymru’s annual short film scheme Beacons is now open for applications.

Funded by BFI NETWORK, Beacons supports emerging filmmakers from Wales to develop bold and unique voices, explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling, and establish flourishing careers as feature filmmakers.

Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not a Witch), Catherine Linstrum (Nuclear) and Ryan Andrew Hooper (The Toll) are just a few of the alumni that have progressed to making their first feature after being selected for the scheme.

Last year’s Beacons shorts were co-commissioned with BBC Cymru Wales and included Efa Blosse Mason’s Cwch Deilen, an animated short about queer love and a boat made of leaves, Griff Lynch’s Welsh and Japanese language documentary Takeshi, and poignant drama Father of the Bride from Rhys Jones, who is now developing his first feature through Creative England’s iFeatures scheme.

Previous Beacons projects have also found festival success; Lauren Orme’s animation Creepy Pasta Salad premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 before being selected for Underwire and Encounters, Ewan Jones Morris’ experimental existential drama This Far Up won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Short Film and was selected for Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, while Medeni Griffiths’ Welsh-language historical thriller Beddgelert, produced by Bad Wolf, premiered on S4C as part of the broadcaster’s Legends season.

Now a new group of emerging Welsh filmmakers will have the opportunity to realise their creative ambitions.

Between five and seven short films will be funded under this year’s Beacon’s scheme, with awards ranging from £5,000 to £15,000. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length, made in any genre or technique, including animation or documentary, and may be in English, Welsh or a mix of languages reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the UK.

BFI NETWORK Wales Manager Alice Whittemore comments: “We’re seeing an invigorating stream of new voices bubble up in Wales that celebrate difference and creativity, and Beacons serves as a brilliant vehicle to support these burgeoning filmmakers along the early part of their journey.”

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.

Full details on eligibility and the submission process can be found in the Beacons guidelines, and you can download the application form here.

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