Press Releases 2016

UWTSD is helping to find Ffresh Film Talent in Wales

07.09.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be working in partnership with Ffresh Festival, once again, who deliver the UK’s longest running Student media festival.

Ffresh has announced it will continue to support the thriving creative sector in Wales by launching two new British Film Institute (BFI) UK Network Academy course in Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation in Cardiff and at UWTSD’s School of Art and Design in Swansea aimed at young people aged 16-19. The two courses are designed to start developing the next generation of creative talent in Wales, for Wales. Applications are open now and Ffresh are looking for up to 40 young people to participate. 

Both BFI Ffresh Talent courses will run for 6 days in Cardiff and Swansea in UWTSD across October half-term, as part of the UK wide BFI Film Academy, which aims to help train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The course proved to be hugely successful in its first year in Swansea and building on that success, will again be delivered by Dan Thomas and Faye Hannah of Talent Dock. The course will offer a broad introduction into Film, VFX and Animation including production techniques and equipment, storyboarding, filming, mentoring & careers advice and support.

Jody Tozer, Director of Ffresh Limited said : “We recognise that there remain barriers for some young people in Wales to accessing filmmaking courses like BFI Ffresh talent. This fantastic support from Welsh Broadcasting Trust is allowing us to invite young people who need it most to apply for a bursary with their application and in turn, we can ensure we are inviting as many applications as possible from young people across Wales.”

Ffresh is working with a range of industry partners on the course including BAIT Studio and Clothcat Animation who will be mentoring up to 40 selected participants as well as offering advice and talks on careers and industry progression. Managing Director of BAIT Studio Jon Rennie said : “Bait Studio are very pleased to be participating in the BFI Film Academy again this year, not only contributing to the VFX course but also the new Animation course through our sister company Cloth Cat Animation. As a local company in Wales, we recognise the importance of encouraging young talent and ensuring they have a career path to success."

Successful participants will achieve a ‘Preparing to Work in Film’ Level 2 award on completion of the course, which will act as a starting point from which those with a taste for VFX and Animation and can go on to attend further residential workshops and courses during half term and summer holidays, becoming part of a larger UK network.

Applications to the course are until midday on 23rd September 2016