15th July 2015                                                    

Female film directors across Wales will be encouraged to progress their careers with Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest emerging talent Launchpad Lab through the lottery funded BFI NET.WORK.

The intensive training event, presented in partnership with Creative Skillset and CULT Cymru, will offer emerging female directors mentoring, masterclasses and the opportunity to rehearse, shoot and edit scenes from their developing feature projects with a professional cast and crew. Held between 24th and 28th August at Barry Memo Arts Centre, the directors’ lab will also include film screenings and a networking reception hosted by BAFTA Cymru. Additionally, there will be open-sessions to stimulate wider debate across the sector on pro-active ways to support women overcome challenges to entering or remaining in the sector and to share their stories.

The offer comes in the context of a wider UK and international debate on the relative lack of female directors, with just 14% of UK films directed by women in 2013, according to BFI statistics.

Ffilm Cymru Wales is working to actively encourage more aspiring female filmmakers, across all grades and including directors, through increased access to training, mentors, networks and through creating spaces to share experience of the challenges and opportunities in working in the sector.  This will help shape future offers of support.

Net.WORK Wales Manager, Tracy Spottiswoode commented “It’s important to listen to those who aspire to join and stay in the sector to better understand what they need and where the real impediments are.  We’re committed to improving inclusivity of the workforce in Wales and have already seen a transformation in the engagement and applications that we’re receiving in areas where we’ve provided targeted support, as with our recent sold-out Lab to encourage greater ethnic diversity in the sector.”

Full details on the event, including the application process, are available at www.ffilmcymruwales.com

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ABOUT FFILM CYMRU WALES                                 

Established in 2006 and formerly known as the Film Agency for Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales has a remit to help to develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. We aim to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues. We also promote the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.




The BFI NET.WORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers. The BFI is committed to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmaking talent. In Wales the NET.WORK is delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, providing funding for the development of feature film projects, training and mentoring, as well as bespoke career development.