Welcome to Clwstwr Clwstwr aims to put innovation at the core of media production in South Wales - moving Cardiff’s thriving screen sector from strength to leadership. 33 new innovations funded in 2020 Clwstwr cohort Creative industries in South Wales benefit from £900,000 to test new ideas. Nimble Productions: Laying the line markings for women’s football content hub Dylan Wyn Davies, creative director of Nimble Productions, shares his Clwstwr story. Perspective: Research, development and the news Journalist Shirish Kulkarni shares his learnings from his Clwstwr R&D project, News Storytelling through Modular Journalism. Painting Practice, creators of Plan V, talk about their Clwstwr experience at two tech festivals This month, Clwstwr cohort member Painting Practice – a Cardiff-based creative studio named in Createch’s 100 Ones to Watch 2020 – spoke at two tech industry festivals. AMPLYFI: using AI to fast-track investigative journalism Rony Seamons, chief operating officer at AMPLYFI, discusses his experience of working on a Clwstwr project. Clwstwr Policy Brief No. 1: The (potential) impact of Brexit on creative businesses This report examines how a range of creative businesses view Brexit - their hopes and fears, as well as some of the practical business implications. Yello Brick: Imagining new realities for digi-physical games Allie John, co-founder and creative producer of Yello Brick, talks us through her company’s Clwstwr experience. S4C: innovating during COVID-19 The current global pandemic has had a profound effect on many of the ways in which we live and work. ‘Business as usual’ simply does not exist and as a result there have been a multitude of innovations globally in order to develop and deliver new ways of working across all sectors. Clwstwr Horizons Clwstwr Co-Director Professor Ruth McElroy has asked four Clwstwr Co-Investigators to share their thoughts on the current round of Clwstwr projects including those proposed to our May 2020 Open Call Expressions of Interest. Introducing…Screen Census 2020 These Clwstwr censuses are being carried out by University of South Wales Research Fellow, Faye Hannah. Perspective: Meshing technology and dance with Moving Layers Digital artist, Rob Eagle, shares his experience of working on National Dance Company Wales' R&D project, Moving Layers. Perspective: From Fandom to Reel Reality Rebecca Hardy is the Director of edge21 and her Clwstwr seed project, Reel Reality, is exploring new outlets for public engagement with screen content. Here, she shares her first month of R&D. Clwstwr Creative Industries Report No. 1: The size and composition of the creative industries in Wales This report aims to begin to map the overall strength of the creative industries in Wales, so that we might begin to tell the story of a creative nation and an emerging and significant media cluster in its capital city. Bait Studio: supporting collaborative, remote working in the screen industries Peter Rogers, managing director of Bait Studio, shares his Clwstwr experience. Perspective: Five things I’ve learned in my first Clwstwr month Andy Taylor is exploring the concept of SMART Podcasts after being awarded seed funding through the Clwstwr Ideas Lab in February. Here he shares what he has found in his first four weeks of his project Perspective: Pivoting in a time of crisis Clwstwr Steering Board member and CEO of the Alacrity Foundation, Dr Wil Williams, on the art of pivoting during unpredicted times. Top tips for your R&D journey As we welcomed our first cohort of seed funded projects this month, we hear from Clwstwr Management Team members Robin Moore and Gareth Jones on what to consider as you embark on research and development. Film Hub Wales to champion Welsh film through new Made in Wales projects Film Hub Wales has announced two pioneering new projects that will champion Welsh storytelling across Wales and internationally. First Clwstwr Seed cohort South Wales freelancers secure seed funding for screen ideas Perspective: Film and TV and Games industries collide in the first Clwstwr cohort Clwstwr Co-Investigator Rich Hurford on games technology revolutionising film and TV production. Clwstwr in Brussels Clwstwr team share and connect with media industry professionals, academics, policy makers and strategic agencies in Brussels. Clwstwr at Beyond Clwstwr team heads to Edinburgh for the 2019 Beyond Conference Perspective: Will Robots Write Our News? Clwstwr Co-Investigator, Professor Richard Sambrook, talks about the excitement and fear caused by the arrival of any new disruptive technology. Perspective: Gavin in Japan Gavin Johnson, one of the four Clwstwr Producers, talks about connections made and lessons learned on his recent trip to Japan. Perspective: Triongl at MIPCOM Triongl co-founder, Nora Spiteri, recently attended MIPCOM in Cannes. She talks about what she learnt from the market. BAFTA Cymru announce winners of the 2019 British Academy Cymru Awards BAFTA Cymru announced the winners of the 2019 British Academy Cymru Awards at a glittering ceremony at St David’s Hall, hosted by Huw Stephens. ‘Do we need journalists?’: Clwstwr Director hosts GWLAD panel on challenges in news As part of the Welsh Assembly’s Democracy Festival, GWLAD, Clwstwr Director, Professor Justin Lewis, chaired a panel of young journalists at the Assembly. Perspective: From News Journalist Mode to Researcher First Perspective blog from 2019/20 Cohort member and journalist, Shirish Kulkarni, about his Clwstwr project Clwstwr at Immersive Technologies in Academia and Industry The Immersive Technologies in Academia and Industry (ITAI) workshop brought together innovative examples of immersive tech from both academia and industry. First cohort of funded Clwstwr projects announced Meet the 23 screen and news innovations which have the potential to develop into new products, services and experiences. Croeso to the first Clwstwr Cohort First cohort of Clwstwr funded projects will change the way we look at R&D in the creative industries Academics and industry to co-create innovation Clwstwr has brought together academics from across Cardiff’s three universities to share insight into the programme’s research ambitions. Read Professor Ruth McElroy's thoughts on Clwstwr’s first academic gathering. Major response to first Clwstwr funding call There has been overwhelming interest in our brand-new programme for innovation in the South Wales screen and news sectors. Cardiff hosts 2019 Creative Cities Convention Team Clwstwr reflects on the insights gained from the broadcasting industry event What is Clwstwr? Learn more about our brand new programme for research and development in the screen sector. Our Partners Clwstwr is led by Cardiff University in partnership with University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Read more about our partners. Meet the Team Get to know the Clwstwr team who will set up and curate the programme to create new screen sector products, services and experiences. Creative Industries Clusters Programme This £80 million investment aims to drive innovation and skills, and create products and experiences. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. 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