10 Welsh film companies will be selected for the scheme, which is to be headed by Jonathan Olsberg.

The Film Agency for Wales is launching a programme aimed at providing business support to Welsh film companies, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Economy and Transport.

Up to 10 companies will be selected for the “Planning for Success” programme, which will take place in February and March this year. Led by industry expert Jonathan Olsberg, the programme aims to help film companies to come up with business strategies for the future.

The entrants must have a focus on production, distribution, sales and/or services, as well as being based in Wales or managed by a Welsh born or resident director(s).

The Film Agency for Wales’ chief executive Pauline Burt said: “Whilst we have consistently supported the core talent – Welsh writers, directors and producers – that are necessarily at the heart of successful film production companies, we want to broaden that focus for a wider range of companies – from production to sales, distribution and services – that provide the vital infrastructure for a film business and ensure that companies are supported to achieve sustainability and improve capacity for growth.”

The deadline for applications is Jan 28.