Emerging Welsh film talent is set to receive support from a new fund.
Film Agency Wales (FAW) has collaborated with the BFI Talent NET.WORK to launch the Horizons Fund, which aims to provide financial support for the next generation of filmmakers.
Up to £3,000 will be allocated to 25 Welsh film writers, directors and producers to be used for career progression and to develop feature film projects.
Support and mentoring will also be offered throughout the development and production process, including advice on sales and distribution strategies and preparation for market.
The fund is prioritised for filmmakers born or residing in Wales, though they may work in either English or Welsh.
To be eligible for funding directors and producers must have have at least one credit on a screen-based work, while writers must have also written at least one feature-length script and have another in development. However, initial writing credits can come from a TV drama, theatre play, radio play or novel as well as a film.
Tracy Spottiswoode, FAW’s Talent NET.WORK manager said: “Whether writers, directors or producers are seeking a mentor to help further their professional career or project-specific aid, the Horizons Fund can help.”
Talent NET.WORK, a division of the BFI Film Fund, is a UK-wide organisation that collaborates with regional organisations like FAW to deliver schemes targeted to support the next generation of British filmmakers. They also work with Creative England, Creative Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen and Film London.
The BFI Film Fund is the UK’s largest public investor in film, with £26m to invest in 2013. Recent investments include Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Roger Michell’s Le Week-end and Declan Lowney’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.