Film Agency For Wales

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Telephone: 02920 766931

The national development agency for the film industry in Wales

FAQs

General

The Film Agency for Wales offers competitively available feature development, production, exhibition (cinema and festivals) and education funding, details of which can be found on this website, in addition to being an advocate and policy-maker for the sector in Wales, and a provider of information, bespoke events and training from time-to-time. All of this information is available on this website.

Other organisations providing film related services include the Wales Screen Commission, the creative industries team within Welsh Government's department of Business Economy Technology and Science,l MEDIA Antenna, Creative Skillset and Cyfle. This FAQ has been developed to help you find who best to contact, in addition to other helpful resources, depending on your needs.

Can you give me any advice on getting into the film industry?

There are a number of organizations that offer training and advice for starting a career in the creative industries including Creative Skillset, Skillset Media Academy Wales and Cyfle. Other organizations that may be able to help you with work experience placements are It's My Shout and the Wales Screen Commission. Keep an eye out on social media outlets for local opportunities. Many training courses are advertised on the Training page of our website.

Can you recommend a writer, director or producer for my project?

The best place to look for a Wales-based writer, director or producer would be the Wales Screen Commission database. Creative England also have a UK-wide crew and talent database and IMDB is a useful tool for finding talent appropriate for your project.

Can you represent me or help me find an agent?

No, the Film Agency for Wales does not act as a talent agent for writers, directors and producers, and are unable to help you find representation. The BBC Film Network has a guide to finding a talent agent.

Can I sign up as an actor?

No, the Film Agency for Wales does not act as a talent agent for actors and we are unable to help you find representation. The Knowledge and Spotlight are useful resources in this respect.

Can I register my property as a filming location?

You can register your location with the Wales Screen Commission on 03000 615634 or online.

Can you help with locations / crewing?

The Wales Screen Commission can help with all your location and crewing requirements. You can contact them on 03000 615634 or online.

Development & Production

I've written a script / treatment / novel - can I submit it for feedback?

Due to the high volume of enquiries and funding applications we receive, we cannot accept unsolicited scripts, treatments or novel submissions for feedback. The team here read creative material directly associated with funding applications.

If you are considering applying for Development or Production funding, please read through our guidelines. If you then have any further questions, please contact Development & Production Assistant Anne-Marie Margerison (annemarie@filmagencywales.com), Development Executive Tracy Spottiswoode (tracy@filmagencywales.com) or Production Executive Adam Partridge (adam@filmagencywales.com).

I'm not Welsh but my film is set in Wales is it eligible for funding?

You do not have to be Welsh to be eligible for funding, however your project does need to be capable of qualifying as British and we look to support those projects that offer strong and clear benefits to the Welsh film sector. Our main priority at this time is to support Welsh talent especially writers, directors, producers and production companies. Projects that otherwise provide strong Welsh benefits, such as offering identifiably Welsh cultural content; setting, shooting and/or posting your film in Wales, and engaging Welsh cast and crew are all potential ways of strengthening an application.

Not all eligible projects will be awarded funding. Funds are competitively available and we will take into full consideration the quality of the project; the capabilities of the filmmaking team; the viability of the budget, financing and market/distribution plans. Please refer to our guidelines for more information.

Do I have to set or shoot my film in Wales?

No. There are no restrictions on where a project is set or shot, which intentionally offers Welsh talent (writers, directors, producers) based projects the flexibility to explore international stories and business collaborations, improving potential access to other finance. However, where a project does not have a Welsh talent base it would need to show strong Welsh film benefits in other ways, such as contributing to and reflecting Welsh culture and offering economic benefits through jobs and expenditure in Wales.

Is your funding repayable?

Our development funding is repayable on the first day of principal photography in addition to a 50% premium, which would come out of the production budget. Additionally, there is a nominal percentage of net profits payable, proportionate to funds provided. If the film does not progress into production, the funding is not required to be paid back.

Do you fund documentaries and animation?

Yes, as long as your project has potential in the theatrical (cinema) market, which is a lottery requirement.

I am a student - can I apply for funding?

Yes, for stand-alone features that are not part of your course or otherwise associated with your academic institution and if you are aged 18 or over. However, the project will need to be viable including the availability of the filmmakers to complete the project within a reasonable timescale and according to industry expectations and standards.

Can I apply for development funding as a sole writer without a director or producer attached?

Yes, as long as you are the rights holder to the project. We will consider applications from writers at all stages of their career but we will need to see a writing sample (preferably feature length, but at least 60 minutes if a TV sample script) which clearly demonstrates the ability to tackle a full-length screenplay.

Do you fund short films?

From time-to-time we may run a short film scheme or other short form content initiative, which will be advertised on our website. Additionally, we will consider supporting individual short films or pilot content to support the furtherance of feature-length projects on our slate that have been offered development or production funding.

How many development applications do you receive every year and how many projects do you fund?

We receive over 100 formal applications per year and can only fund approximately 10-12 projects. Formal funding applications can be submitted any time and the panel aims to consider projects within 8-weeks of submission.

How do I apply for production funding?

We recommend reading our production guidelines, on our website. Then, please contact our Production Executive adam@filmagencywales.com to discuss a prospective application.

Exhibition & Education

I want to submit my short film to festivals / venues but I don't know where to start.

The Film Agency currently funds a range of festivals in Wales many of which accept short film applications, please refer to the festival sites for their guidelines.

There are plenty of other excellent festivals out there which you could also investigate. Additionally, the British Council offer advice on short films, including DIY distribution.

What festivals can I submit my film to?

Here is a list of festivals we currently fund:

There are plenty of other excellent festivals out there. Here are just a few examples:

I would like to interview someone about the Welsh film industry - can you help?

Press, media and other interview enquiries should be directed to ben@filmagencywales.com.

I'm looking for Welsh films for a festival / event /screening - can you help?

The Wales Screen Commission can tell you about other films made in Wales and the National Screen and Sound Archive for Wales know all about the possible heritage films you could screen.

Will the Film Agency fund my one-off screening or film event?

We are not able to fund one-off screenings or events but are happy to provide advice or support. Please contact hana@filmagencywales.com.

The Welsh Government Creative Industries team offer a range of funds including event support, business start up, research and development. There is a business information helpline 03000603000 or you can email businesssupport@wales.gsi.gov.uk for further info.

Can the Film Agency offer capital support for equipment?

In some cases, we can fund small amounts of capital equipment as part of a project submission but we are not able to provide funding for projection / filmmaking equipment. We would suggest contacting your local council to see what funds they have in operation and investigate the various lottery programmes or trusts and foundations. Refer also the Arts Council for Wales capital strategy.

Do I need a license to show a film to a public audience?

Please be aware that even if you are screening a film to an audience without charging admission, you may still need to purchase a license. Take a look at the license page on Filmban or contact the licensing department at your local council.

I've just moved to the area as a freelancer in education / exhibition. How can I find out what's going on for job or networking opportunities?

The Film Agency works with a number of networks including the Wales Specialist Film Exhibition Group, the Film Festival Network and the Film Education Network. If you work in education, we encourage you to register your profile on the Agency's Film Education Database where you can share news of your work, gain access to free educational resources and find out about other practitioners and their work.

Can the Film Agency help us promote our event?

If your event is relevant to the work we do here, we can help you to promote it amongst our networks and online. Please send us a press release or relevant info along with images to ben@filmagencywales.com and we will try our best to help.

I'm a teacher looking to start up a FILMCLUB. What should I do?

The Agency works with nationwide charity FILMCLUB Cymru to roll out the afterschool scheme in Wales. You can register your interest here.

Can the Film Agency offer bursaries for students?

No, our funding is not available for bursaries.