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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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
- Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
- Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
- Promoting British film and talent to the world
- Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
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:
- As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
- By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
- 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 Josh Berger CBE. More information.
What is the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)?
Film Hub Wales is a lead film hub partner in the BFI Film Audience Network.
The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a ground-breaking initiative that gives audiences across the UK the opportunity to see a broader range of films in a cinema setting. For filmmakers, getting films onto cinema screens is a highly competitive business, particularly for specialised films which includes archive, documentary, independent and foreign language films.
With £12 million of Lottery funding over four years (2018-22) the BFI FAN works with cinema exhibitors, film festivals, educators, film societies, community venues, film archives and other organisations in their regions or nations to boost audiences for film across the UK.
The film hub partners which drive audience engagement across the UK comprise: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham with Flatpack, Birmingham; Chapter, Cardiff;; Film London; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Glasgow Film; the Independent Cinema Office (for the South East); Showroom Sheffield in partnership with HOME, Manchester & Tyneside Cinema; and Watershed, Bristol. 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 Network, Into Film, BFI 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.