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Frequently asked questions about Film Hub Wales and the BFI:

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What is Film Hub Wales?

Film Hub Wales (FHW) champions the work of exhibitors, offering inspiration, support and inclusion, bringing British and international film to audiences across Wales and the UK.

We are part of a UK wide network of 8 hubs funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to reach audiences through development of the exhibition sector, offering research, training and audience development project support.

Since FHW was set up in 2013, we’ve supported over 225 cinema projects, reaching over 465,000 audience members. Our audience development support programme is designed to enable innovative and adventurous cultural film programming Wales wide, helping exhibitors to invest regularly in bold choices, facilitating greater in-depth audience participation and overcoming potential barriers to access. Inclusion is at the heart of what we do, promoting the diversity of our audience and eclectic exhibition network. We recognise the significance of film to isolated rural communities and young audiences in Wales.

Together we celebrate the power of film to generate positive partnerships, life-changing skills and the fundamental value of film as both heritage and art-form, promoting Wales as a cornerstone for film culture.

What is Chapter, Cardiff?

Chapter is one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, a café, award-winning bars, over 60 cultural workspaces and more.

Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration. It offers an ever-changing programme of the best performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world.

What geographical area does Film Hub Wales cover?

Film Hub Wales has identified and worked with over 280 sites in Wales. We aim to support activity that covers all of Wales’ regions: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, The Vale of Glamorgan, Torfaen and Wrexham.

Where can I find out about equality and inclusion?

Film Hub Wales are proud to lead the Inclusive Cinema Strategy on behalf of BFI FAN here in Wales, hosting FAN Access Officer, Toki Allison at Chapter. Inclusive Cinema is a UK-wide project developed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) designed to support screen exhibitors. Together, we celebrate diversity on screen, in the audience and behind the camera. More information.

We also operate according to Chapter’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Does Film Hub Wales have a Welsh language policy?

We develop programmes that celebrate the rich heritage of Welsh language and culture, offering a platform for Welsh talent. We operate according to Chapter’s Welsh language policy, which reflects the following values and principles;

  • Offer a service of equal standing to Welsh and English speakers
  • Understand and acknowledge the bilingual nature of Wales
  • Give a wider access to our activities
  • Raise our Welsh profile and recognise ownership by Welsh speakers and non-Welsh speakers alike
  • Strengthen our appeal both within and outside Wales
  • Strengthen our ability to meet the requirements of funders and other partners
  • Ensure conformity to the linguistic and cultural specifications in legislation and best practice guidance as approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner.

The Film Hub Wales Welsh Language Policy will form part of a progressive and forward-looking commitment to promote a bi-lingual Wales.

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How much money has Film Hub Wales been awarded?
Film Hub Wales has been awarded up to £210,000 per year for a period of 4 years (2018-2022).

How is the £210k being used?

Film Hub Wales support is split primarily across open calls and strategic projects. This includes programming and audience development, training and sector development and research initiatives, with part of the funding covering overheads, including staffing and facilities costs. We are committed to a transparent use of support streams and details of all awards will be publicly available.

How will resources be distributed?

Film Hub Wales allocate funds to applicants and strategic projects (please see our guidelines for further details). Future announcements on how and when these schemes will operate will be made available here, on our website and via our Film Hub Wales mailing list. You can join our mailing list here.

How can I apply for support from Film Hub Wales?

You can read our guidelines here, which will tell you everything you need to know about how to fill an application form. If you wish to discuss your ideas before application stage, please get in touch.

I’m a filmmaker, how can Film Hub Wales help me?

At FHW we celebrate our national identity, language and culture through our Made in Wales strategy.

Since 2013, we have supported the exhibition of over 70 unique Welsh features, 24 of which would not have otherwise had a theatrical release. We have invested over £35,000 into projects exhibiting Welsh film (such as a year of Welsh film at the Phoenix Ton Pentre) and have improved audiences for self-distributed Welsh film titles by 23%.

If you are making, or have made a Welsh film and would like us to promote it to over 315 exhibitors in Wales, please fill in this form.

Please note that Film Hub Wales are unable to offer financial support for film production, development and distribution. Read more about our strategy here.

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What are the aims of Film Hub Wales?

  • Young People: Improving year round access to film for young audiences aged 16-30.
  • Inclusion:
    Meaningful year-round programmes that celebrate diversity on screen, in the audience and behind the camera.
  • Engaging Audiences:
    To attract and sustain audiences for British independent (including Welsh) and international cinema, offering an in-depth cultural experience.
  • Heritage: Celebrating our national identity, language and culture through film.
  • Skills: Boosting a skilled and diverse workforce across the Film Audience Network membership

All projects must be open and accessible. In order to reach the widest possible audience through our supported projects, we are committed to the BFI Diversity standards

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Who are the main Film Hub contacts at Film Hub Wales?

 Who makes the decisions?

Applications are assessed by the team (Film Hub Wales Strategic Manager and Development Officer), with support from the Advisory Group where needed. Any decisions made will be final. The Advisory Group represents the interests of the Film Hub Wales membership and engages stakeholders in Hub development. The Advisory Group will provide oversight, monitoring and make appropriate recommendations to the Film Hub Wales Sub-Committee or Chapter Board (as appropriate).

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Why do I need to become a Hub member?

In order to apply for support and take part in any of the Film Hub Wales schemes, you will need to be a Film Hub Wales member.

What do I need to do to become a Hub member?

Please read our membership guidelines and complete a membership application form here.

How much does membership cost?

Membership is free. All that is required is a commitment to Film Hub Wales’ aims and objectives.

What benefits are there to becoming a Hub member?

Membership will provide you with access to support, training and sector development initiatives offered by Film Hub Wales. It will encourage collaborative programming and audience development projects, provide access to UK wide initiatives and allow organisations the opportunity to draw upon the experience of Hub members. Please see our hub booklet for the full list of benefits.

Is there criteria for Hub membership?

Member organisations may include:

  • Cinemas (independent and local/national circuits),
  • Mixed arts venues,
  • Volunteer-run film societies and community cinemas,
  • Touring cinemas and community screen networks,
  • Film festivals,
  • Screen archives,
  • Regular pop-up film events,
  • Academic institutions,
  • Museums and galleries,
  • Local authority departments and agencies,
  • Local and regional development agencies,
  • Community groups and leisure providers

Please read our guidelines for full details.

Is there a limit to how many Hub members there can be?

There is no limit. FHW welcomes new members year-round.

Where can I find out about exhibitors in Wales?

Please see our Hub member list or map here.

Is a Hub member an individual, or an organisation?

Organisations must be formally constituted (e.g. as a community interest company or limited liability company registered at Companies House; a charity or trust registered with the Charity Commission; a Local Authority or statutory body; or a voluntary group with a written constitution and bank account).

Can members only be from not-for-profit organisations, or can individuals from commercial organisations become Hub members?

Membership is open to all film exhibitors in Wales, including commercial sites. Please read our membership overview for further details.

Can I be a Hub member of two different regions? 

You may be a member of more than one Hub region. Applications for support should be to the Hub region where your main audience-facing work takes place. Please contact us to discuss your particular circumstances.

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Will there be any new vacancies at Film Hub Wales?

There are currently no vacancies at Film Hub Wales. Any new opportunities will be posted here on our website.

How can I apply to join the Film Hub Wales Advisory Group?

The Advisory Group is in place for the current year but any new opportunities will be posted here on our website or a call will be placed amongst the membership.

The current Film Hub Wales Advisory Group are:

Advisory Group members are from a range of organisations to ensure broad representation of the Welsh film exhibition sector. This includes: mixed arts venues, single screen cinemas, commercial operators, multi-venue cinemas, film festivals, multi-screen cinemas, organisations based outside of Cardiff, film clubs and societies, community-led organisations and event-based/pop up operators. We want to ensure a range of roles are represented, including programming, publicity, operation, education, event production and audience development.

Advisory Group members are committed to the aims of Film Hub Wales and BFI Film Audience Network and prepared to represent the sector beyond their respective organisations.

Please contact lisa@filmhubwales.org if you have any questions.

What is the British Film Institute (BFI)?

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  1. To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  2. To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  3. To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals – delivered online and in venue
  4. To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  5. To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  1. As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  2. By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  3. By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards. More information.

What is the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)?

Supported by National Lottery funding, the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), is central to the BFI’s aim to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone. Established in 2012 to build wider and more diverse UK cinema audiences for British and international film, FAN is a unique, UK-wide collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country. FAN also supports talent development with BFI NETWORK Talent Executives in each of the English Hubs, with a mission to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.

BFI FAN Film Hubs are:

  • Film Hub Midlands is led by Broadway, Nottingham working in partnership with the Birmingham-based Flatpack
  • Film Hub North is led collectively by Showroom Workstation, Sheffield and HOME Manchester
  • Film Hub South East is led by the Independent Cinema Office
  • Film Hub South West is led by Watershed in Bristol
  • Film Hub Scotland is led by Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Film Hub Northern Ireland is led by Queen’s University Belfast
  • Film Hub Wales is led by Chapter in Cardiff
  • Film Hub London is led by Film London

More information.

What is the BFI definition of specialised film?

The BFI’s definition of ‘specialised film’ relates to those films that do not sit easily within a mainstream and highly commercial genre. The BFI believes in the diversity of film and of audiences. We want films to find their audiences and audiences to build their appreciation of a wide range of films. A wider knowledge of film gives us a wider knowledge of different cultures and ideas. We believe that the on-going development of film culture relies on both familiarity with the great titles of film history, and on experimentation with new ideas and forms.

  • Foreign language films with subtitles: In almost all circumstances foreign-language films will be classified as ‘specialised’ due to most audiences’ lack of familiarity with and resistance to subtitles.
  • Documentaries: In almost all circumstances feature-length documentaries intended for theatrical distribution will be classified as ‘specialised’ because non-fiction cinema tends to have a narrower appeal than fiction.
  • Archive / Classic films: Films from the beginning of cinema’s history until the last 10-20 years, older titles shown again on the big screen so that today’s audiences can experience important or overlooked titles in their original format.
  • Artists Film / Experimenta: Feature-length films or programmes of shorts that express an artistic vision or particularly experiment with the film form for aesthetic purposes.
  • Short Film Programmes: Short films give new film makers a chance to learn their craft, find their cinematic voice and to see how audiences respond to their work.  Classic short films can give audiences the chance to see the first films by now famous filmmakers, and students of filmmaking the chance to see the format at its best. For these reasons, feature-length (70 mins+) programmes of short films will be considered.
  • Other Criteria: Films that fall outside of the above parameters may also be considered on the basis of unusual or undefinable genres; complex and challenging subject matter; innovative or unconventional storytelling/narrative structure. Films with stories and subjects relating to diversity (for example Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; disability; LGBT) may also be classified as ‘specialised’.
  • British film: ‘British’ films are those that are in receipt of a ‘Certificate of a British Film’ under the terms of Schedule 1 of the Films Act 1985 as amended i.e. films that pass the UK’s Cultural Test. ‘British’ films do not include films certified as British under any of the UK’s co-production treaties or under the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production for the purposes of eligibility for this funding.

Where can I find out about other film organisations in Wales?

Please see our funders and partners page.

What is the BFI 2022 plan?

Building on the success of Film Forever, which saw the establishment of schemes such as the Film Audience NetworkInto FilmBFI NET.WORK and Unlocking Film Heritage, the BFI have completed a period of consultation and unveiled a new five year plan for UK film, which aims to build on successes to date. More information.

What are the other Hub regions?

The other Hub regions are Film Hub London, Film Hub North, Film Hub Northern Ireland, Film Hub Scotland, Film Hub South East and Film Hub South West, Film Hub Midlands and Film Hub North. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Audience Fund?

Using funding from the National Lottery, the BFI Audience Fund (which replaces the separate Distribution, Film Festival, Programming Development and Neighbourhood Cinema Funds which ran until March 2017) is central to this commitment. This Fund is underpinned by our desire to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK which recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Film Education Scheme?

The BFI’s Film Education Scheme 2018-2022 is delivered by Into Film. Into Film support teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Their programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and our annual Awards. It has been designed to meet the needs of all four nations in the UK.. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Network Scheme?

The BFI NETWORK is a UK-wide talent development programme for new and emerging film writers, directors and producers. Devised by the BFI and delivered by its national partners – Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative England, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen – the BFI NETWORK is committed to discovering the next generation of British filmmaking talent. More information.

Can Film Hub Wales help me with screenings at Chapter?

We do not programme the cinema here at Chapter. If you’re interested in screening your film or want to hire the space, please contact Chapter directly.

Where can I hire pop-up kit from?

We run an Equipment Hire Scheme with Cinema for All, designed to help members who need to hire kit for pop up screenings, at low prices. TAPE in Colwyn offer blow up cinema kit for hire in North Wales, along with Sinimon. We also know of other individuals who may be able to help, please contact us for more details.