Ffilm Cymru Wales


Ffilm Cymru Wales is seeking additional Board members to further the work of this entrepreneurial and impactful sector development body. Applicants should share a passion for a Welsh film sector that is inclusive, fit for growth and provides social, cultural and educational value across Wales. We will be staggering appointment start-dates across the year and are particularly interested to hear from candidates with high-level experience in the following areas:

  • Business: offering business experience that can support Ffilm Cymru’s evolution and offer sectoral insights in building resilience and growth potential;
  • Market Insight: offering sales, distribution and/or market development experience;
  • Sector Skills Development: offering significant understanding of the skills, training and education landscape, and routes to improving pathways, sector capacity and social inclusion;
  • Creative Sector Policy Development: offering insights at devolved, UK and international level that can inform on-going policy development and advocacy.

Read the full description here.


Applications should be sent for the attention of our Chair, Professor Ruth McElroy c/o [email protected].


The deadline for applications is 12:00 PM, Friday the 6th of December 2019.


For more information and to find out how to apply, click here:

Taking Flight Theatre

D/deaf Youth Theatre

Supporting the Youth Theatre- how does it work?

You can make a gift to the Youth Theatre which could then be boosted by additional gifts from Aviva staff when the campaign opens to them next week, making your money go even further.

Selected Aviva staff have been given free money by Aviva to spend on the Community Fund projects!

Support us with the money you might otherwise spend on Christmas cards, a gingerbread latte or a new tree bauble!

There are lots of lovely rewards up for grabs too, from your name framed in BSL, to T shirts, to Deaf Awareness training for up to 20 people (useful for companies and charities).

It’s easy- all you have to do it click and support!

The youth theatre is funded in the main part by BBC Children in Need with additional support from The Laura Ashley Foundation. Your support will pay for travel bursaries, one to one support for specific young people and additional activity in the holidays.

If you know a young person aged 4-18 who you think might like to attend the Youth Theatre here in Cardiff, please email [email protected] or contact us via our Facebook page 

The Youth Theatre will meet every Saturday from January 11th 2020 (term time). It will be lead in BSL and English (by Steph and Anna) and there will be plenty of volunteers around to support participants to get the most out of the sessions.

All staff and volunteers will have Child Protection training and will be DBS checked.

If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch in the same way. You won’t need to be available every Saturday, as we’ll be operating a rota system.

Our Aviva campaign is now LIVE!

We’ve had our first pledge of £250 (thanks Pat Dawson!) and today you too can support young D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people in South Wales to grow in confidence, learn new skills, make friends and participate in the artistic life of Wales.

Click here to make a gift

Ffilm Cymru Wales – Mindset

Extension of Deadline for Applications

Mindset – Mental Health Awareness Training for Film & TV producers, managers and Head of Department

4th & 5th December , Tramshed Tech, Cardiff

The deadline for applications for Mindset has been extended to next Monday (25th Nov) @ 5pm. We are asking for a CV and 200 words on why the programme would benefit the applicants practice. We will also accept applications in audio format.

The cost to attend is £60 for freelancers and not-for-profit organisations and £120 for company employees. A hardship fund is available to cover costs such as travel and childcare where required (get in touch for further info) and lunch will be provided for all 3 days. This is a fully inclusive programme so please get in touch to discuss any access requirements.

The project is funded by ScreenSkills UK and supported by BFI Talent Network and BAFTA Crew UK.

Its aimed at Producers, Managers and Heads of Department working in roles (above and below the line) across the screen-based industries in Wales. We are interested in including a mixture of both freelancers and company employees.

The programme includes 4 main elements; an invite to a BAFTA Crew networking day on 30th Nov; Day 1 (Weds 4th Dec) – Mental Health in the Workplace delivered by Mind Cardiff; Day 2 (Thurs 5th Dec) – Delivered by Rebecca Day (Film in Mind); and a follow on peer-2-peer mentor session with Rebecca in Jan/Feb 2020.


Here are the links to the online programme/application information:

Link to FfCW listing: http://www.ffilmcymruwales.com/index.php/en/film-educators/mindset

Link to ScreenSkills listing: https://www.screenskills.com/training-courses/mindset/b5566222-6aea-42df-ab1b-ce20667ef4c6/?instance=0ea56e1a-ab60-4d70-80a0-e879d3b14a61


Christmas celebration concert in aid of The Noah’s Ark Charity

Join the Welsh Hospitals’ Choir at their Christmas Celebration Concert in aid of the Noah’s Ark Charity!


Thursday 12th December St David’s Hall Cardiff 7.30pm

A Christmas Concert of Seasonal Music & Carols

There’ll be an array of festive performances and a chance to sing along to your favourite Christmas songs.

Performers include:

– Jane Watts – International organist
– Charlie and Harry Lovell-Jones – Violin and Percussion Duo
– Fanfare Trumpeters and the Brass Ensemble of the Welsh Guards
Llanedeyrn Primary School Choir
– Welsh Hospitals Choir
– And Conductor, David John Davies

There’ll be a raffle and bucket collectors from Noah’s Ark on the night so you can help to continue supporting the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, which provides world class care. This helps to ensure the best outcome and experience possible for children and their families.

Having raised more than £20 million to build and equip the hospital, today the charity continues to work hand in hand with the NHS, providing funding for the most up to date equipment and facilities.

It also funds support services for families like the play specialist team, who help children be children, despite the difficulties they are facing.

Tickets available from St David’s Hall Box Office

DASH and Wysing Arts Centre

Open Call for Curatorial Commisions Programme

Curator in Residence – Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

As a partner in the ground-breaking DASH Curatorial Commissions Programme, Wysing Arts Centre is happy to announce an open call for its Curator in-Residence.

DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Deaf and Disabled artists to exhibit and curate.

These opportunities have significantly advanced the careers of more than 15 Deaf and Disabled artists, and have influenced and changed the thinking of a number of key people in these galleries. However, DASH asserts that further deep-rooted cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become a more inclusive and accessible artform.
One way of effecting this change is by placing Deaf and Disabled people in positions of influence within the visual arts, to drive change from within – this led to the establishment of the Curatorial Commissions Programme which along with Wysing Arts Centre, runs in partnership with Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art MIMA and Midlands Arts Centre MAC.

The long-term aim of the programme is to support the development of Deaf and Disabled Curators, so they can become the directors/curators/programmers of the future.

During 2020, Wysing Arts Centre will put broadcasting at the centre of its artistic programme; to connect with remote audiences in a way that enables us to listen, as well as to transmit, ideas using digital and other technologies.

Through exhibitions, events, residencies, retreats and our annual music festival, we will work with a range of artists and contributors across the year to explore how broadcast technologies, in particular radio, can enable the communication of ideas and create dialogue and understanding.

Building on the work of our recent programmes, we will focus on connecting a network of ‘many voices’ made up of those often left out of the conversation, whether due to access requirements, location outside of metropolitan centres, or discrimination due to race, gender and/or sexuality.

We will be looking to both amplify voices and enable supportive networks and connections to be made. Our gallery will become an expanded studio space where ideas are explored, including through exhibitions, commissioned and archival artworks, recorded events with live audiences, new collaborations and through works that are made specifically to be broadcast from Wysing.

As part of the year we are looking to work with a Curator in-Residence who is interested in the context of our 2020 programme and in exploring with us some of the barriers to accessing art. It is within this context that we invite expressions of interest from a Curator who identifies as a Disabled person to be in-Residence at Wysing five days per month from April 2020 to March 2021.

Our initial expectation is that the Curator in-Residence will work from Wysing’s site five days per month.

This can be consecutive days or spread across the period. However, we are also open to exploring this and to alternative arrangements.

The role will be based within Wysing’s programme team. The Curator in-Residence will work alongside two permanent Curators, a Digital Producer, Education Manager and Head of Development, and be based in the programme office.

The team works collaboratively and will work with the Curator in-Residence to support the development of their ideas, leading to a public outcome which could include an exhibition, event, or a talks programme. The residency includes free onsite accommodation if required.

The residency fee is £13,750 (55 days at £250 per day) inclusive of VAT.
There is a budget of up to £1,250 for travel and other expenses.
There is a budget of £10,000 for a residency outcome.

How to Apply

Applications are made as a two-part process. The first asks for an initial expression of interest in response to the context of our 2020 programme, alongside some background information. 

Following this initial phase, we will select approximately ten proposals to be worked up in further detail. Bursaries will be available for additional support for this phase. 

Expressions of interest can be made in writing or recorded to video or audio. We would prefer these to be made online via the website Submittable. Once you have set up a Submittable account, you can return to your expression of interest any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019. Let us know if you would prefer to send your expression of interest by email. 

You will need to provide: 

  • Your response to our 2020 programme (maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).  
  • Some information on: your experience your areas of interest (total maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).
  • Your access requirements.  

We are happy to receive links to websites or already existing online material as a response to any of the areas outlined above, all of which can be added to Submittable. 

If you would like to arrange an informal phone conversation about the role before applying, or have any other questions, please email [email protected] or call 01954 718881. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Open Art 2020 At Cyfarthfa Castle March 17 – June 14 2020

Notice for all artists!

We are looking for submissions of artwork for our 2020 Open Art Exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle

Last year we displayed over 150 pieces of amazing art and are looking to do the same in 2020.

If you are a professional or amateur artist then please get in touch to request an application form .

We have  limited space so please get in touch ASAP to request a form and return it as soon as possible

To request  an application form and further information contact [email protected]  or [email protected]

or call 01685 727371

Hijinx Odyssey this Christmas presents The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense







Follow the white rabbit to Wales Millennium Centre!

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense: 5 December 7pm, 6 December 7pm (audio description) and 7 December 3pm & 7pm

This Christmas join Hijinx Odyssey as they follow Alys, her cat Dinah and the white rabbit on their adventures in a whole new wonderland adventure.

Hijinx Odyssey, the community theatre arm of professional theatre company Hijinx, will perform ‘The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense’ in Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre this December.

Dum has lost Dee, the Queen has lost her tarts, and the Hatter’s lost the plot…

When Alys follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, a world of silliness and surprises awaits. Followed by her overprotective mam and faithful cat, Alys discovers the magical delights and darkest depths of a Wonderland full of colourful, comical and curious characters.

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.


Help raise funds for DAC when you shop on line

Turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations for Disability Arts Cymru


Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £156.35  so far.
If you haven’t signed up yet please visit http://efraising.org/BwL9Gq2fLs



You can also raise funds for us if  you shop on line through Amazon Smile.  We have raised £29.38 so far.

If you haven’t signed up yet please visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/charity/homepage.html and nominate DAC as your chosen charity

Thank you for supporting DAC


Applications are now open for our new mental health awareness training programme – ScreenSkills presents MindSet, in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales.

ScreenSkills presents MindSet, in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales, a new mental health awareness training programme for film and TV producers, managers and Heads of Department.


Taking place at Cardiff’s Tramshed Tech on the 4th and 5th of December, this intensive and insightful training course will give participants the tools to create safe and inclusive working environments in which mental health can be discussed in a professional, open and relaxed manner.

Day one will be led by training organisation and mental health charity Mind Cardiff. Day two has been shaped through the expertise of film producer and psychotherapist Rebecca Day (Film in Mind), who will deliver a range of bespoke sessions tailored towards sector-specific issues. Each participant will then receive a one-to-one mentoring session with Rebecca as part of a personalised follow-up to the training programme.

MindSet is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions and delivered by Ffilm Cymru Wales, in association with BFI NETWORK Wales & BAFTA Crew UK. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries.

As part of their Well-being of Future Generations Plan 2019, Ffilm Cymru are committed to developing a healthier and more equal film industry for Wales. To that end, they are also devising a film education programme exploring mental health issues around Craig Roberts’ new film Eternal Beauty. Launching later this year, Life Through My Lens will work with young people to examine representation of mental health on film and challenge stereotypes. The project will also give participants the opportunity to get creative and share stories by making their own films.

Funded by Ffilm Cymru, the BFI and the Wellcome Trust, Eternal Beauty is a refreshing and deeply personal depiction of schizophrenia starring Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, which recently premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

To book your place on MindSet, please visit www.ffilmcymruwales.com.

Read more here: http://www.ffilmcymruwales.com/index.php/en/news-and-events/850-ffilm-cymru-puts-spotlight-on-mental-health