Win for Foot in the Door training programme

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ unique training programme – a collaboration with Charter Housing supported by the Film Skills Fund – has won the Community Award at this year’s Arts & Business Cymru ceremony.

Foot in the Door participants on the set of Apostle with producer Ed Talfan (back right)

Foot in the Door offers new opportunities for those in Wales not currently in employment, education or training to kick-start their futures. Participants engage in tailored training and placements on film and television sets to learn new transferable skills such as carpentry, hair and make-up, and costume, all of which can be applied to broader employment in the creative industries and beyond. 

Last year’s pilot programme saw 10 participants from the Newport and Caerphilly areas spend a week on the set of Gareth Evans’ forthcoming Netflix film Apostle, starring Michael Sheen and produced by Severn Screen. Housing association Charter Housing also offered support with transport and childcare to make Foot in the Door an opportunity that worked for everyone.

Since the initial pilot, two further housing associations, encouraged by Charter, have partnered Foot in the Door, enabling Ffilm Cymru Wales to offer a further 20 placements on the S4C/BBC TV series, Craith/Hidden. The annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards celebrate creative collaboration, and this year's ceremony at Wales Millennium Centre marked the 25th anniversary of the organisation. 

Foot in the Door is supported by The Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s Partnership Fund and ScreenSkills' Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

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