Welsh Students Get FFresh Each February

Written by James MacGregor on . Posted in Festivals

james macgregorFfresh is the annual film showcase  attended by students and lecturers of the moving image, as well as industry players who could boost or kick-start careers outsde the walls of Welsh academia.

Ffresh Chair Maggie Russell,Head of Talent for BBC Wales spelt out the opportunity the showcase presents.

“Ffresh is a really exciting opportunity for students to get up close and personal with the industry.”
Held in the seaside town of Aberystwyth, Ffresh was set up in 2002 following a drive by a  tutors to establish an event allowing discussion and debate as well as a healthy competition between the colleges and universities offering moving images courses in Wales.

Sgrin Cymru Wales took over the role of establishing and coordinating the event in 2002 and swiftly organised a committee of advisors and set about raising funding for the 2-day event.

The festival takes now place annually at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a state of the art venue on the West Coast of Wales, this year offering 200 screenings.

Since its inception on 2002 the Festival has grown in stature and the awards presented have also become significant indicators of the best talent each year in the categories presented.

As well as eleven awards, the festival offers a chance to hear from industry practitioners and presents valuable networking opportunities.

Ffresh Award Categories 2006

Skillset Cymru are offering the winner of the Audience Award £500 towards a training course of their choice and £100 towards the cost of a one-to-one advice session by a Skillset Professional Advisor and travelling costs (£100 to cover both).