Advisory Group

Image: Daniel Ribeiro (Winner, Iris Prize) in conversation with Festival Patron, Andrew Pierce at Chapter (Cardiff)
Image: Daniel Ribeiro (Winner, Iris Prize) in conversation with Festival Patron, Andrew Pierce at Chapter (Cardiff)

Collectively the group has been selected to represent a diverse range of Film Hub Wales (FHW) members within the cultural and exhibition sector. They will provide oversight, monitoring and make appropriate recommendations to the FHW sub-committee or Chapter board (as appropriate).

The group is made up of ten members representing venues, education, heritage, fundraising, programming (in both rural and urban settings), festival management and audience research and development.

​The Advisory Group;

  • Acts as ambassadors for the Hub and represents the interests of FHW members;
  • Endorses a broad and inclusive criteria for membership of FHW;
  • Approves annual priorities and monitors strategy around all areas of FHW development objectives;
  • Oversees the development of the call for proposals criteria, delivery terms and agreement for project delivery partners;
  • Attend meetings, provide support and industry expertise (where appropriate) for programme and training needs relevant to FHW Members;
  • Works towards creating a strategy around income generated through trading activities of FHW;
  • Considers strategic development opportunities to enable FHW to broaden its activities;
  • Decides upon the FHW sub-committee members.

Meet the Film Hub Wales FHW) advisory group:


​Sally Griffith (Chair)
Director of Film Hub Wales (FHW)
Director of Cinema & Film, Chapter (Cardiff) / Film Hub Lead Organisation

“This is an exciting time for film audiences across the whole of the UK. Chapter are delighted to be the regional FHLO (Film Hub Lead Organisation) for Wales and to be part of what is a truly ground-breaking initiative from the BFI. Working with people across Wales and the wider UK, Film Hub Wales will work to ensure the delivery of a 4-year programme that is relevant, innovative and challenging and will cover the length and breadth of Wales. The significant support from the BFI and from our Hub members will ensure the development of wider access for audiences to engage with a wide range of film through events, screenings, education opportunities and collaboration with other practitioners and regional HLOs.” Read more about Sally here.




Steve Blandford

Steve is Emeritus Professor of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of South Wales and also currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is a Visiting Professor at Cardiff Metropolitan University and at the University of Winchester. He has published widely on British theatre, film and television including, most recently, 'Theatre and Performance in Small Nations' (Intellect, 2012) and 'Jimmy McGovern' (Manchester, 2013).

Steve is a published playwright and has directed for theatre. He was a founding Board member of National Theatre Wales and was on the Board of Zoom, the International Festival of Young People's Film. He is a Board Member of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Until 2013 he was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales.
 



Jim Barratt

Jim's interests lie in community exhibition and audience research, although professional experience extends wider to include film and media education, project evaluation and film market analysis. Since 2006 Jim has undertaken a wide range of commissions through his consultancy, Bigger Picture Research, delivering quantitative and qualitative research, project evaluation, training and strategic and business planning advice.

Clients have included the British Board of Film Classification, British Federation of Film Societies, British Film Institute, BOP Consulting, Creative Skillset, Department for Children, Schools and Families, European Audiovisual Observatory, Film Agency for Wales, First Light, Irish Film Censor’s Office, Office of Communications, Screen England, Screen East and the UK Film Council. Jim is also founding Chair of Llancarfan Community Cinema, an award-winning, volunteer-run exhibitor in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Jim has worked in the creative industries for nearly two decades. Prior to establishing Bigger Picture Research he was Head of Research & Statistics at the UK Film Council, Head of Policy at the Advertising Standards Authority and a Film and Video Examiner at the British Board of Film Classification. Jim chaired the UK Film Research Network and was instrumental in setting up the European Film Agencies Research Network. From 2004 to 2007 Jim served on the BBFC’s Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing, holds a PhD, funded by the British Film Institute, is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and sits on the Board of Media Education Wales.

Jim has written widely on film subjects in magazines, journals and online, and his book about Peter Jackson’s debut feature film, Bad Taste (1988), was published by Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press in December 2008. 



Berwyn Rowlands
Berwyn is a Welsh Internationalist who has 27 years' experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality.

In 2006 he established the Iris Prize – at £30,000 it continues to be the world’s largest LGBT short film prize presented annually during the Iris Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales (UK). 6 short films have been produced to date with the Iris Prize. Burger and Followers were selected out of 8200 entries for the 2014 and 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Iris Prize was recognised by The Queen at a reception for the British Film Industry in 2013.

In 1997 aged 31 Berwyn was appointed the Chief Executive of Sgrîn Cymru Wales in which capacity he established Ffresh, the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales, the Wales Screen Commission, and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (in partnership with the National Library of Wales).

Berwyn has produced content which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C including Llety Piod (UK) starring Bill Nighy, Colonial Gods (US/UK Co-production) and Boys Village (German/UK Co-production). Among projects for radio, he produced Wales: Land of Film for BBC Radio 2. 

He is regularly asked to talk about film and gay rights on TV and radio. He has also served on film award juries and speaks on both programming and event production at universities, conferences and festivals having contributed to the European Short Film Symposium, Cork, Kashish Film Festival, Mumbai, Gaze Film Festival, Dublin, OUFEST, LA and the International Film Festival Summit, New York.
 



Dr. Katie Featherstone

Katie is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. She is a social scientist with a focus on the sociology of medicine and has produced two first authored research monographs: Risky Relations: Family and kinship in the era of new genetics (Berg), an in-depth study of family and disclosure in the context of genetic risk and Creating Conditions: The Making and Remaking of a Genetic Condition (Routledge), which provides a detailed exploration of the impact of new genetic knowledge on the processes of disease classification. Her current programme of clinical ethnography examines the everyday work of caring for patients with dementia in hospital settings.

Impact and engagement: Importantly, Katie's research has made key contributions to government policy, professional practice and public discourse.

Her research has been taken up directly by a government select committee on clinical genetics (House of Lords Select Committee on Genomic Medicine, 2009). Katie was also asked to participate in forming UK public policy on genetic testing by the Human Genetics Commission as part of an expert panel to advise on the likely impact of incidental findings arising from clinical genetic testing (September 2011).

Katie provides expert commentary on developments in clinical genetics to UK national media (e.g. Daily Mail, Mother and Baby Magazine), and has been invited as a speaker at European festivals (Cheltenham Science Festival, 2012).

She directed Cardiff Sciscreen from 2010-2014 and the archive of events and speaker essays can be found on the blog www.cardiffsciscreen.blogspot.com and website www.cardiffsciscreen.co.uk. Katie is currently curating Tinted Lens, a programme of events exploring contemporary social and cultural developments and the ideas found within new-release, cult and classic film, with a focus on understandings of the mind, human behaviour, memory, the life-course, and ageing. More information on the Tinted Lens programme can be found here.
 



Gareth Bailey
Gaz Bailey currently works at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and is also the founder and director of Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival. His involvement in the industry includes training in television post-production, and he has also worked for American TV station PBS.

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Film Studies in the UK, Gaz moved into the exhibition sector and is currently the film manager and programmer for Aberystwyth Arts Centre. He is also on the board of numerous exhibition initiatives across Wales, including Sinemau Cymru, the advisory group of Film Hub Wales, and the  WOW Wales One World Film Festival.

From 2006, he has enthusiastically developed the Abertoir Horror Festival over many years into an exciting and diverse six day event that features premieres, silent films with live accompaniment, talks, presentations, new shorts, cult screenings, guest Q&As, theatre and music, all with the ambition of creating new and exciting initiatives for mid-Wales.

 

Rhiannon Hughes

Rhiannon has spent 19 years creating new opportunities for young people through Arts and Film Festivals. In 2016 she was a founding member of  Wicked Wales, an international youth film festival screening short films from Wales and from all over the World. In 2017 she has joined a team of volunteers from Rhyl Little Theatre and FHW Young Programmers to launch Wicked Cinema an affordable, community run mobile cinema.

Rhiannon has consistently looked at ways to broaden participation and access in the arts and the creative industries for young people in Wales. A former vice chair of Arts Council Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Trustee of National Museums Wales and Chair of the Scala Cinema Trust, she always tries to involve young people in discussions and as a former Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Councillor for over 20 years, she consistently championed this work. She has recently joined the Hijinx Board.

As an Internationalist she believes in the importance of creating international opportunities for young people and is pleased to be a member of the British Council Advisory Board in Wales.