Research: Youth Festivals

Pics Film Festival winners at Galeri Caernarfon in 2015
Pics Film Festival winners at Galeri Caernarfon in 2015

Film Hub Wales are pleased to present Youth Film Festival Network for Wales, Audit of Youth Film Festivals in Wales, the Wider UK and Europe.
 

This report, prepared by Dan Thomas maps the youth film festival activity in Wales, the wider UK and Europe, focusing on the youth film festival landscape in Wales, outlining the current landscape and identifying any development opportunities.
 

You can read the full report here on the Film Hub Wales website, or download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
 

Executive summary

This audit of youth film festival activity in Wales, the wider UK and Europe maps festivals which took place in 2014/15 and are aimed at participants aged 5-26.
 

The research specifically focuses on the youth film festival landscape in Wales, outlining the current landscape and identifying any development opportunities. The methodology consisted of desk research and qualitative interviews with selected festivals across Wales, the UK and Europe.
 

Taking these sources of evidence together, the research found that:

  • There are over 90 youth film festivals across Europe.
  • Festivals can screen films made for or aimed at young audiences, and/or screen films made by young people.
  • The UK has the largest number of youth film festivals in Europe.
  • In Wales there are 6 youth film festivals which tend to operate independently of each other.
  • There is a lack of cohesion and joined up thinking in Wales leading to a somewhat piecemeal sector.
  • The sector can be developed to offer better opportunities for young people in Wales to watch a wider range of films and screen their films to a wider audience.
     

The Youth film sector has grown in Wales over the past 10 years but is now at a critical stage in its development. Six festivals are planned in 2016 but cuts to subsidised cultural opportunities in Wales and the lack of a joined up, youth festival strategy means they operate under extreme financial and human resource pressure, and have little room to grow.
 

Yet, despite this difficult funding landscape, opportunities do exist to develop youth film festivals further in Wales. The sector needs to come together as a network to maximise the impact of partnership working across film and the wider arts and creative industries, and to coordinate activity to build relationships with the youth film sector beyond Welsh borders.
 

Contents

1. Introduction

  • Report structure
  • Background
     

2. European Youth Film Festivals
 

3. UK (excl. Wales) Youth Film Festivals
 

4. Youth Film Festival Landscape in Wales
 

5. Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities
 

6. Research methods


To view appendices, please download the full report below

DOWNLOAD: FHW Youth Festivals Report FHW Youth Festivals Report ENG.pdf