The rising talent scheme that launched the feature film directorial debuts of Craig Roberts and Euros Lyn is to return for a second round. Ffilm Cymru Wales will work again with co-founders BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision.
Cinematic produces three films from Welsh directors showcasing creative appeal, commercial potential and market focus. The scheme supports emerging filmmakers with bold and unique voices through intensive training, development and funding.
The first round of the scheme helped to launch Submarine star Craig Robert’s directing career with Just Jim, a dark comedy drama starring Emile Hirsch that premiered at SXSW in 2015. He is now in development on his second feature as writer-director of In My Oils, which is produced by Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate of Vox Pictures and co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI. Meanwhile, the second film from Cinematic, Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse is currently on release through Soda Pictures.
Known for his work on television hits Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Marvel’s Daredevil, director Euros Lyn made his feature film debut with the Cinematic-supported Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides. Adapted from Fflur Dafydd’s novel, this Welsh-language thriller sees twin daughters set a deadly trap for their mother’s murderer in the National Library of Wales. The film premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, and earned its lead Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who) the award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for her dual portrayal of both Ana and Nan. Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides will be released in select UK cinemas on 5th August through Soda Pictures. Following the theatrical release, production partners S4C will broadcast the film next year.
The next round of Cinematic is now open, with an application deadline of 30th September. The scheme will support the development of 10 projects and their teams, as well as committing funding to the production and market preparation of three of the films.