The search is on for future Oscar winners

 'NextGen Young Filmmakers Wales’ seeks fresh young talent to bolster one of the fastest growing business sectors in Wales


In March 2015, the Welsh Government announced that the creative industries in Wales were one of the fastest growing business sectors in the country and that they would be supported with over £300m of government investment, as well as qualifying for UK tax credits. With an influx of high profile productions to the Swansea area and leading VFX companies such as Bait Studio and Milk having offices in South Wales to take advantage of the wealth of unique filming locations, investing in the development of future talent there has never been more important, ensuring skills shortages are minimised so the sector can continue to grow and be successful.


NextGen Skills Academy, a pioneering organisation backed by both government and industry investment, today announced that it will help support the thriving creative sector in Wales by launching a brand new short course in visual effects (VFX) aimed at young people aged 16-19 in Swansea and the surrounding areas, designed to start developing the next generation of creative talent.


Running on three consecutive weekends from 23rd January 2016, ‘NextGen Young Filmmakers Wales’ is part of the BFI Film Academy – UK Network Programme, which aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British 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. This is the first time the BFI Academy has supported a VFX course for young people in Wales.


Taking place at University of Wales Trinity St David's in Swansea, the course will be delivered by Dan Thomas and Faye Hannah from Talent Dock Wales, a company dedicated to delivering training and support for the Welsh creative industries. The course will offer a broad introduction into VFX including production techniques and equipment, storyboarding, filming & editing and completing films.Welsh-based VFX firms Bait Studios and Milk will also mentor the 20 participating students and Framestore will provide supplementary careers advice.


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 can go on to attend further residential workshops and courses during half term and summer holidays.


"It’s tremendous to see the creative industries growing and thriving in Wales, but we know that with the overall growth of the VFX sector, there is also a growing shortage of skilled staff,” said Gina Jackson, Managing Director at NextGen Skills Academy. “By offering courses such as this one, we aim to draw out talented young people that will eventually become the leaders of these sectors, allowing them to continue to thrive, whilst also giving students on the course the opportunity to get a head start on their careers with some very useful, relevant and fun hands on training.”


Applications to the course are open from now until 11th December 2015 and can be made here