The BBC, the Arts Council of Wales and Ffilm Cymru have joined together to offer training, mentoring and commissioning opportunities to Wales-based artists.
Emerging creatives in Wales will be able to apply to join Ffolio, the initiative launched by BBC Wales, BBC Arts, the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh film development agency Ffilm Cymru to create new arts content for screen.
Sixteen short films will be commissioned by the BBC as part of the inaugural round, with the scheme’s first callout asking for ideas that reflect the theme of ‘modern Wales’, through forms such as scripted drama, performance, animation or documentary.
Ffolio is intended for artists and creatives working in any art form, from dance, music and writing to photography and video games, but is particularly focused on those without professional experience in film or TV.
Shortlisted artists will receive training and bespoke mentoring to develop their ideas, as well as bursaries for costs such as travel and childcare.
Up to 16 films will then be commissioned for BBC platforms on air and online, including television, BBC iPlayer and BBC Wales’ social media channels.
The first deadline will be February 3, with further rounds yet to be announced.
Martin Smith, executive producer for BBC Wales, said he hoped Ffolio would provide an opportunity for a wider range of Welsh talent to takes steps into storytelling on screen.
Film Cymru’s head of production, Kimberley Warner, added: “There is such a breadth of creativity in Wales and we can’t wait to hear their ideas for screen.”