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Film Hub Wales - Iris Festival
Gay Rugby World Cup film to open Iris 2015

Gay Rugby World Cup documentary SCRUM to open Iris 2015

SCRUM is one of 14 feature films selected to beef up world famous short film festival!

“…with the pioneering work of out gay ref Nigel Owens, you get the impression Wales is a progressive country.” – Poppy Stockell

 

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Film Hub Wales announces exciting season of film at independent Welsh venues

7th August 2015

Film Hub Wales announces exciting season of film at independent Welsh venues

Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Its independent partner venues have been coming up with inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.

“Film Hub Wales, with Chapter as its lead organisation, is proud to develop this new, innovative season of events, created by Hub members across Wales. This year we’re reaching rural and diverse audiences in Mid, North, South and West Wales, with everything from cinema at sunset, to archive films by the river, with cinemas at the heart of each project.” Hana Lewis, Film Hub Wales’ Strategic Manager

Here’s what’s in store:

The Torch Theatr, Milford Haven

Audiences will experience the great outdoors this August as the Torch Theatre take their spectacular Sunset Cinema programme to heritage sites across Pembrokeshire. Watch Sci-Fi classic, Back to the Future surrounded by a back drop of boats in Milford Haven Marina, or as the sky goes dark, see Christopher Lee play Dracula at Pembroke Castle. More here.


Caught by the River Teifi Festival, Carmarthen 
Introducing a festival of film, music, outdoor living and adventure. Find yourself at family friendly Fforest, Coal Warehouse or River’s Edge from the 10th to 17th August; three beautiful locations which showcase Wales at its best. With Welsh filmmaker Kieran Evans’ confirmed to attend a celebration of his work, features such as Vashti Bunyan, Finister and Kelly & Victor will be screened alongside local rare archive footage of the River Teifi, with everything from coracle demonstrations and DJ sets to get the audiences involved! More here.


Cymryd Rhan and Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
If you like the idea of watching Paddington with your own marmalade sandwiches spread out on a picnic blanket, then you’re in luck! From July 2015 to March 2016, special film events are popping up across the county of Flintshire.  Don’t miss Pride at Mold Clubhouse on the 28th August! The project is inspired by the Mold Do-It network who specialise in working with old age groups and people with mental ill health, learning or physical disabilities. More here.


Flicks in The Sticks, Powys 
In rural Mid-Wales where filmgoers have to travel long distances to find their nearest cinema, public transport is poor and ticket prices are prohibitive, Flicks in the Sticks are making a difference. For ten community venues in Mid-Powys, volunteer groups are supported to run their own ambitious independent film programmes. From September 2015 to May 2016 expect to see an exciting programme of film filling village halls across the county! More here.


Gwyn Hall and Darkened Rooms, Margam Park, Neath
This September, pop-up provider Darkened Rooms and Neath’s Gwyn Hall will come together for the first time to bring two classic horror films to life in the eerie setting of Margam Park Castle. British film, The Haunting (1963) and the Wolfman (1941), which was based on the Talbot family and their country estate in Wales, will screen as night falls. Local school children will take part in the power of sound workshops with national charity, Into Film Cymru during the day. More here.


ABOUT

Film Hub Wales

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine UK wide ‘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 develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, we’ve supported sixty nine exciting cinema projects, reaching over 51,600 audience members.

In partnership with our member cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW
aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.

Chapter 

A multi-platform venue that presents and produces international art, live performance and film from around the world alongside a social space that welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year. Chapter is a dynamic cultural and community venue with 2 cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, a cafe/bar, 60 resident companies in cultural workspaces and rooms for hire for 200 community and cultural groups. In relation to film, Chapter remains the only cultural centre in Wales with a full-time commitments to cultural film programming, two screens, educations programme, Europa Cinema support and access to high-definition digital projection.

www.chapter.org

British Film Institute (BFI)

The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity organisation governed by a Royal Charter. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The BFI awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

www.bfi.org.uk

Hub Partner details

The Torch Theatr: www.torchtheatre.co.uk

Caught by the River: www.teififestival.co.uk

Cymryd Rhan: www.cymryd-rhan.org.uk

Clywd Theatr Cymru: www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk/en

Flicks in the Sticks: www.artsalive.co.uk/Flicks.aspx 

Gwyn Hall: www.gwynhall.celticleisure.org

Darkened Rooms: www.darkenedrooms.com

Into Film Cymru www.intofilm.org

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Film Hub Wales - Seven Songs
Seven Songs for a Long Life – available for screening

Seven Songs for a Long Life 

A film for anyone who has ever pondered their own mortality. In a unique collaboration between SDI and the palliative care leadership collaborative, the film will be the centre point of a targeted campaign across the UK during Hospice Care Week (October 5th – 11th).

Available for screening from the 3rd October onwards.

More information here

Contact Rebecca Day for bookings/further details.

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Film Hub Wales - Richard II
Available now! Richard II is available to screen at non-cinema venues.

There’s just one month until Richard II is available to screen at non-cinema venues. Have you booked your screening yet?
You can screen the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed 5 star production of Richard II directed by Gregory Doran with David Tennant in the title role, as broadcast live to International cinemas on 13 November 2013.

For the first time this acclaimed production is available for public screenings in non-cinema venues – exclusively through Cinegi and for a limited time only!

Whether you are an arts centre, community centre, village hall or any other public venue YOU can book and screen this 5 star production for your audiences this September.

Available 7-30 September only.
Book online now and offer your audiences a unique opportunity to share this acclaimed production together, through a screening at your venue.

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015 comes to Cardiff & Aberystwyth

11th August, 2015
Announcing the dates for the
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2015

We are pleased to announce the dates for this year’s festival, so get these in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out on another fine selection of Japanese animated excellence. As before, there will be two separate days taking place, one in Cardiff on September 26th and the other in Aberystwyth on October 10th.

The venues are listed below, along with the great films we have on offer.

  • Chapter Arts CentreSaturday
    26th September 2015
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
    Saturday 10th October 2015

Five Exciting Welsh Premieres!

A Letter to Momo
Cardiff: 11:00am | Aberystwyth: 12:50pm
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Duration: 2hr
Released: 2011
Rating: PG (infrequent mild bad language)
Momo, while recovering from her father’s death and her mother’s decision to move their family from Tokyo to a remote island, discovers a letter from her father that causes strange events to occur.

Short Peace
Cardiff: 1:15pm | Aberystwyth: 5:20pm
Duration: 1hr 8m
Released: 2013
Rating: 15 (Contains strong bloody violence)

A compilation of four short films:

  • Possessions: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine. Director: Shuhei Morita.
  • Combustible: A spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan. Director: Katsuhiro Otomo.
  • Gambo: A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon. Director: Hiroaki Ando.
  • A Farewell to Weapons: A tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Director: Hajime Katoki.

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
Cardiff: 4:00pm | Aberystwyth: 3:10pm
Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani
Duration: 1hr 48m
Released: 2014
Rating: 12 (moderate sex references)
The heroes of TIGER & BUNNY are back in an all-new feature-length film! Picking up after the events of the Maverick incident, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr. resume their careers as heroes fighting crime in HERO TV’s Second League.

Royal Space Force:
The Wings of Honneamise
Cardiff: 6:30pm | Aberystwyth: 10:30am
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Duration: 2hr 1m
Released: 1987
Rating: PG (brief sexual violence)
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film directed and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga. In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Perfect Blue
Cardiff: 8:45pm | Aberystwyth: **
Director: Satoshi Kon
Duration: 1hr 20m
Released: 1997
Rating: 18 (strong violence, nudity and language)
** Not available at Aberystwyth.
Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon. The film follows Mima Kirigoe (voiced by Junko Iwao), who becomes a victim of stalking after she decides to leave a Japanese pop idol group.

Come along and enjoy another great day of Japanese Films, Food, Friends and Fun.

Tickets for any of the films, and raffle tickets will be available nearer the actual date, so please contact the venues for further details. Full programme line-up and details of the raffle prizes will be published over the coming weeks on our website here.

Please keep an eye on the Kotatsu Festival website for the very latest information, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us. Contact details can be found below, and on our website.

Kotatsu Festival Team

Contact:
info@kotatsufestival.com
www.kotatsufestival.com

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For ticket and booking information please contact:

Cardiff

Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Canton
Cardiff
CF5 1QE

Tel: +44 (0)29 2030 4400

Aberystwyth

Aberystywyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth University
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3DE

Tel: +44 (0)1970 62 32 32

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18 countries compete for £30K LGBT short film prize

10th August 2015: Press release

  • films from 18 countries compete for £30,000 Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBT short film prize supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation
  • Czech Republic make it to the final for the first time!
  • 17 year old Lucas Helth Postma from Denmark becomes youngest finalist!

17 year-old Lucas Helth Postma (pictured) from Denmark becomes the youngest Iris Prize finalist. Boy, his accomplished short film is one of three from Denmark competing for the 2015 Iris Prize. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Emilie who has always been a boy inside although his mother cannot accept the way he feels. During an Easter lunch he decides to do something drastic, which has its consequences.

Organisers of the Iris Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have today (10/08/2015) announced the 30 films competing for the £30,000 prize, which continues to be the world’s largest international LGBT short film prize.

The films will screen during this year’s Iris Prize Festival which takes place from October 7th – 11th in Cardiff, Wales, (UK). The winner of the Iris Prize will be announced on Sunday 11 October 2015 during the Iris Awards hosted by Amy Lamé.

“Once again the shortlist for the Iris Prize represents the best of the best. 20 of the short-listed films have been nominated by our partner festivals, including for the first time ShanghaiPRIDE in China. These film festivals from around the world have their fingers on the pulse of upcoming LGBT filmmaking talent.  I’m confident that amongst this year’s shortlist of live action, documentaries and animated films we have yet another winner deserving of the Iris Prize,” said Andrew Pierce, Festival Chair.

“Iris is recognised for supporting talented film makers from all over the world. Seven shorts, made with the prize, have been produced since we launched in 2006. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance,” added Andrew.

“It’s great to see films from all over the world represented in the shortlist with an entry for the first time from the Czech Republic joining work from Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Australia, US, Portugal, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile, Denmark, and the UK all making it through to the final. The US once again secures the largest number of films in competition with an impressive 8 out of the final 30 with Denmark in second place with three films,” said Andrew.

The 30 films competing for the 2015 Iris Prize are:

A Straight Journey – days and nights in their kingdom
Dir. Masamojo
Country: China

Boa Noite Cinderela – Goodnight Cinderella
Dir. Carlos Conceicao
Country: Portugal

Boxeadora
Dir. Meg Smaker
Country: USA

Boy
Dir. Lucas Helth Postma
Country: Denmark

Bunker
Dir. Vibeke Heide
Country:Norway

Charlie
Dir. Shawn Ryan
Country:USA

D.Asian
Dir. Sarah Smith
Country: USA

Daniel
Dir. Dean Loxton
Country: UK

Elgin Park
Dir. Danny Yourd
Country: USA

En Eftermiddag – An Afternoon
Dir. Soren Green
Country: Denmark

Falling Angels
Dir. Maria Winther Olsen
Country: Denmark

First Clue
Dir. Susan Sullivan
Country: USA

Gloria
Dir. Luis Hernández de la Peña
Country: Mexico

Hole
Dir. Martin Edralin
Country: Canada

Hole
Dir. Tony Radevski
Country: Australia

Hora
Dir. Yoav Brill
Country: Israel

In The Hollow
Austin Bunn
Country: USA

Intrinsic Moral Evil
Dir. Harm Weistra
Country:The Netherlands

No Strings
Dir. Eoin Maher
Country: UK

Peacock
Dir. Ondrej Hudecek
Country: Czech Republic

San Cristobal
Dir. Omar Zuniga Hidalgo
Country: Chile

Showboy
Dir. Samuel Leighton-Dore
Country: Australia

Sobre Papeis – Paper and Jeans
Dir. Pedro Paulo De Andrade
Country: Brasil

Sundar
Dir. Rohan Kanawade
India

The Little Deputy
Dir. Trevor Anderson
Country: Canada

Thirst
Dir. Guy Sahaf
Country: Israel

Tits on a Bull
Dir. Tim Worrall
Country: New Zealand

Tomgirl
Dir. Jeremy Asher
Country: USA

Vessels
Dir. Arkasha Stevenson
Country: USA

Way to Hell – Fahrt Zur Holle
Dir. Henning Beckoff
Country: Germany

Background:

The 2015 Iris Prize Festival will present 6 main awards:

  1. The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation is valued at £30,000 and remains the only short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.
  2. Iris Prize Best British Short sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group and valued at £14,000 will be presented for the second time in 2015.
  3. Iris Prize Best Feature Award valued at £1,000 is sponsored by Martin Brigs and presented to the best new feature screened at the festival.
  4. Best Actor in a Feature sponsored by Gay Star News
  5. Best Actress in a Feature sponsored by Gay Star News
  6. Iris Prize Youth Jury Award sponsored by Cardiff University and presented to one of the short films as selected by a jury of 10 between the ages of 14 and 17.

Important Dates:

  • The full Iris Prize Festival programme will go live on Tuesday 25 August 2015.
  • The Box Office will open on Monday 7 September 2015. (Members Priority Booking opens Wednesday 26 August – through Sunday 6 September).
  • The festival takes place in Cardiff and opens on Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 October 2015.

Further Details:
Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 818294
Email: berwyn@thefestivalscompany.co.uk  
www.irisprize.org

Notes to Editors:

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance. The winner receives £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK. 

Past winners, include Dee Rees (US) – 2007, Till Kleinert (Germany) – 2008, Eldar Rapaport (Israel/US) – 2009, Magnus Mork (Norway) – 2010, Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil) – 2011, Grant Scicluna (Australia) – 2012 and Tim Marshall (Australia) – 2013 and Brendan McDonall (Australia) 2014.

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Silent Horror Shorts Vol II

Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival are back with a  new collection of early silent horror shorts from the dawn of the 20th century. This collection features the lighter side of cinema’s first adventures into the realms of the macabre and the other-worldly. The four films, which delightfully embrace both the sinister and the just-slightly-bananas, are set side-by-side with one of the truly classic dark films of silent horror.  All of these films are accompanied  by a specially commissioned score by the Abertoir Horror Festival whcih will be performed live by silent film pianist Paul Shallcross.

The films in the package are:

Un Homme de Têtes (1898)
Georges Méliès, France, 1 minute.
Written, directed and acted by the great French innovator of early film Georges Méliès and featuring four decapitated heads, all of them belonging to Méliès.


Une Excursion Incohérente (1909)
Segundo de Chomón, France 9 mins.
A family day out in the woods turns into a day of horror. Chocolate worm cake, maggot roll and mice eggs are all on the menu as Chomon treats us to one of his finest surrealist fantasies.


Prelude (1927)
Castleton Knight, UK, 8 mins.
“To be buried alive, is beyond question, the most terrific of the extremes of agony which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.” A man sits reading these words of Edgar Allan Poe and in the darkened room familiar objects soon acquire a sinister overtone; a tolling bell, a funeral procession, falling earth, a struggle beneath the shroud. A beautifully crafted dark film inspired by Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor.


The Thieving Hand (1908)
J. Stuart Blackton, U.S.A. 6 mins.
An artificial arm is endowed with an uncontrollable instinct for thievery. It takes over the life of an innocent purchaser and leads him to the only place where the arm can feel safely at home. Originally made as a comedy the film’s realistic stop-motion portrayal of the very mobile artificial arm has earned it a well-deserved place in the annals of early horror.


The Haunted House (1921)
Buster Keaton, U.S.A. 21 mins.
Keaton’s spoof on the then popular ghost-house genre is packed to the rafters with gags and stunts to delight all audiences. Apart from Keaton himself, the starring role in this film is taken by none other than a collapsing staircase.


For more information on this new package of short films and how you can book them please visit the Abertoir Website 

 

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New LGBT stories in Welsh
  •        New Short Film scheme to support Welsh Language LGBT stories
  •        S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales work in partnership with the Iris Prize
  •        Short film to premiere at festival’s 10th anniversary in 2016

Organisers of the Iris Prize have launched a new Welsh language LGBT short film scheme supported by S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales via BFI NET.WORK.

The aim of the scheme – called Straeon Iris (Iris Stories) – is to encourage more LGBT stories for the screen, from Wales, about Wales, and in Welsh. The scheme is open to individual writers and also writer and director teams and will focus on developing up to six short film scripts before selecting one to go into production.

“We have been sharing our stories with as wide an audience as possible for almost 10 years. During this time we’ve seen some amazing LGBT stories in many languages from all over the world. As we reach our 10th anniversary I think it is only appropriate for Iris to look closer to home and support LGBT story telling through the medium of the Welsh language,” said Andrew Pierce Festival Chair.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with S4C and Ffilm Cymru Wales, who, between them have an unprecedented track record for supporting Welsh talent in Welsh and English. Through this partnership we will see LGBT stories from Wales in Welsh reach an international audience as we tap into our global network of partner festivals in 15 countries,” he added.

Gwawr Martha Lloyd, S4C Content Commissioner for Drama says; “Straeon Iris is a truly exciting project and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with the Iris Prize Festival and Ffilm Cymru Wales. As well as being an advocate for new Welsh drama, S4C is committed to reflecting diversity on screen. Straeon Iris promises to be an exciting opportunity for a cross section of voices to be heard, and will take the Welsh language across the world.”

Tracy Spottiswoode, BFI NET.WORK Manager at Ffilm Cymru Wales added, “Straeon Iris is an important addition in our commitment to supporting diversity, reflecting the rich variety of voices and stories from Wales. This exciting opportunity follows our recent Welsh language script writing scheme Y Labordy and current short film initiative Beacons/Bannau, and we’re looking forward to expanding our work with the Iris Prize Festival, who we’re pleased to have supported since they started!”

The finished film will premier in Cardiff during the Iris Prize Film Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations in October 2016.

Full details about the scheme are available at www.irisprize.org  

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150 UNSEEN FILMS ABOUT LIFE IN WALES REVEALED FOR THE FIRST TIME

7th July 2015

150 UNSEEN FILMS ABOUT LIFE IN WALES REVEALED FOR THE FIRST TIME

BRITAIN ON FILM LAUNCHES ON BFI PLAYER

The BFI today launches Britain on Film, a new project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the UK’s key film and TV archives. From today the archives go digital on BFI Player, giving everybody in the UK free[1] access to 1,000’s[2] of film and TV titles featuring where they live, grew up, went to school, holidayed as a child, or any place of interest in Britain. By 2017, thanks to National Lottery funding and the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, 10,000 film and TV titles from 1895 to the present day will be digitised. The public can get involved with the project via Twitter and Facebook, with a campaign launching today that sees 60 films from all over the UK released over 60 days, and special screenings and events across Wales.

Through the project, Britain on Film curators have found extraordinary footage of ordinary people and places from across the collections.

Wales’ highlights include:

  • Men Against Death (1933) – the first sound film ever to have been made and set in Wales featuring Dorothea Quarry and its slateworkers who are “poised between heaven and earth”
  • Tryweryn – The Story of a Valley (1969) – a documentary filmed by schoolchildren of the events up to and the flooding of Capel Celyn, including the last ever day at the village school.
  • Letter from Wales (1953) – a charming Welsh language drama produced for the Children’s Film Foundation, set in and around Llandwrog featuring a happy blend of children, animals and indulgent adults.
  • Tiger Bay and the Rainbow Club (1960) – silent film showing life in Tiger Bay, a diverse community celebrating weddings and children enjoying trips and activities at the local Rainbow Club.
  • Time of Change (1967) – a tale of two employees at the Anglo Celtic Watch Company in Ystradgynlais, otherwise known as ‘The Tick Tock’.
  • Dulais Valley – a dizzying array of community celebrations in and around Onllwyn between the 1950s-70s. Filmed in colour by Master Baker John Dillwyn Williams. Hywel Francis, the MP for Aberavon from 2001 to 2015,features as a young boy.
  • Babs’ Recovery (1969) – a Ministry of Defence film showing the excavation of Babs the racing car from Pendine Sands after it crashed and killed Wrexham’s John Godfrey Parry Thomas in 1927 as he attempted to beat the land speed record.

This newly accessible film and TV presents a Britain that is vibrant, diverse and eccentric, whilst shining a light on issues and situations that affect every generation. Many of these films have never – or rarely – been seen since their first appearance and can now be searched for by specific UK locations through BFI Player’s ground-breaking new Film and TV Map of the UK, which also enables people to share films with their family, friends and communities.

While researching the project, Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI, discovered her great grandmother, grandmother and mother together on film in scenes from Children’s Excursion (1952) featuring Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway, the village she grew up in.

Heather said

“I’ve never seen my family on film before so it was a wonderful surprise to discover three generations together. There’s a perennial joy in location spotting; couple this with the emotional power of film and Britain on Film has the potential to touch everyone in the UK. 

Britain on Film changes the film and TV archive landscape forever. It’s vital that the UK’s film and TV archives – Britain’s national collection – can be enjoyed by everyone, and now they can. The unprecedented scale of this project is a testament to the collaborative effort and skills of the BFI National Archive and the regional and national archives of the UK.”

Through Britain on Film, a moving and intimate portrait of the diversity of British life is revealed by professional and amateur footage of vanished landscapes, urban and rural communities, historic traditions and folklore, people at work and at play, and British characters in all their unique glory. Newsreels, advertisements, home movies, forgotten TV shows, and films by government departments all offer surprising insights into British life in the 20th century.

Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI said 

“For 120 years cameras have captured almost every aspect of life in the UK on film, but too often these have been inaccessible to all but the most determined researchers. Now, Britain on Film is transforming access to films from the UK’s archives and giving new life to them by making them available, no matter where you live.”

The Screen and Sound Archive of Wales has teamed up with the BFI on the Britain on Film project. Film development officer Iola Baines said:

“There are some incredible pieces of Welsh film, rarely seen until now, which tell us so much about our shared history and our communities. Britain on Film has enabled us to unlock film heritage and to share this compelling footage with the wider public. Now we can all explore the landscapes and streets where we grew up, the communities of a previous generation and cultures and traditions that are now long gone.”

Britain on Film is the result of the BFI National Archive and the UK’s national and regional film archives and rights holders joining forces to bring these films together with a major programme of curation and digitisation that started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017.

REGIONAL SCREENINGS

Film Hub Wales – one of nine Film Hubs around the UK that are part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN initiative – is organising a series of Made in Wales screenings to share Britain on Film’s archive shorts to run from November 2015 to January 2016).

Screenings and events will take place at; Chapter, Cardiff; Memo Arts Centre, Barry; Gwyn Hall, Neath Port Talbot; Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea with more venues to be confirmed.

ABOUT BRITAIN ON FILM AND UNLOCKING FILM HERITAGE

Britain on Film is one of the largest and most complex archival projects ever undertaken and is part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (2013-17). Unlocking film heritage for everyone in the UK to enjoy is a key strategic priority for the BFI and Britain on Film is the public launch of a vast programme of work, which has been ongoing for over three years. This work has included a sophisticated programme of data capture, cataloguing, copying to archival standards, meticulous preservation of original materials, thorough searching of archives across the country, new state of the art equipment and digital storage facilities and the transfer of films to the BFI’s online video platform, BFI Player.

Unlocking Film Heritage and Britain on Film are thanks to £15million funding from the National Lottery and the additional support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

ENDS

  • For more information, please contact Jane Thomas on 07967 351 827 or hello@janethomaspr.com.
  • Film and TV titles and the Britain on Film Trailer can be viewed and downloaded via Panther – for access to please contact Jane Thomas
  • Images via – www.image.net/britain on film

Britain on Film online elsewhere

  • Britain On Film will be hosted on the BFI’s YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter so audiences can find and experience it in the easiest way possible
  • BFI curators will be writing features highlighting important films and themes on the BFI website. Their expertise will add context and provide new ways in for the British public to find films that illuminate the places they know and love
  • Join the conversation at #BritainOnFilm

Britain on Film is a project from The BFI National Archive and the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives

About the Regional and National Film Archives

The English Regional Film Archives and other National Film Archives (listed below) hold significant collections of film and video material specifically relevant to their regions or hold dedicated collections such as Imperial War Museums, preserved in specialised storage facilities and made widely available for education, research, communities and the wider public.

  • East Anglian Film Archive
  • Imperial War Museums
  • London’s Screen Archives
  • Media Archive for Central England at the University of Lincoln
  • North East Film Archive
  • North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive
  • Scottish Screen Archive
  • Screen Archive South East
  • South West Film & Television Archive
  • National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales
  • Wessex Film and Sound Archive
  • Yorkshire Film Archive

About the BFI

The BFI is the lead organisation 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 film makers 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 Greg Dyke.

About the BFI National Archive

The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and has grown to become the one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world with over 180,000 films and 750,000 television programmes. For over 80 years the BFI has been an international leader in film preservation and guardian of Britain’s unparalleled film and TV heritage. The BFI is an innovator in presenting films to audiences in new and dynamic ways, from cinemas to film festivals, outdoor events to online video-on-demand. At the heart of all its activities is the BFI’s central aim to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to the widest possible range of film and their own film heritage.

That heritage includes all time great British directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Powell and Pressburger; and the rich vein of documentary filmmaking, in which Britain led the world, including the lyrical work of Humphrey Jennings. The archive also boasts a significant collection of filmmakers’ papers as well as extensive stills, posters and production and costume designs along with original scripts, press books and related ephemera.

Expert teams undertake the time-consuming and complex task of restoring films at the BFI John Paul Getty Jr Conservation Centre in Hertfordshire. The BFI’s most precious film materials are kept in optimum conditions in the world-leading Master Film Store in Warwickshire.

About BFI Player

FI Player is a ground-breaking video on demand service which offers a uniquely diverse range of films, from the latest releases to the rarest silent cinema classics, giving UK audiences a rich and rewarding digital film experience. The Britain on Film collections are accessible through the BFI Player.  http://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film 

About 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 diverse 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. The BFI FAN aims to change this.

With £8.7 million of Lottery funding over four years (2013-2017) BFI has set up partnerships with nine lead organisations (Film Hubs) to work full-time 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 Hubs, which drive audience engagement locally, work together with the BFI at a UK-wide level to grow audiences for British independent and specialised film.  They currently comprise:  Broadway, Nottingham and Cambridge Film Trust; Chapter, Cardiff; HOME, Manchester; Film London; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Regional Screen Scotland; the University of Brighton; Showroom Sheffield and National Media Museum, Bradford; and Watershed, Bristol.  These organisations and their partners form the BFI FAN.

The Film Hub for Central East (Cambridge Film Trust & Broadway Cinema, Nottingham) has secured funding as part of the BFI’s Programming Development Fund to administer and coordinate more than 80 screening events across all UK Film Hubs including film from the regional archives to engage with a wider audience in a number of venues.

About the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. We are happy to be supporting  Britain on Film – a significant, UK-wide film archive project, which will make titles from the BFI National Archive and national and regional screen archives available to the British public, offering a unique opportunity for insight and reflection on places, communities and histories throughout the UK.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  We make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

[1] Over 90% of the film and TV content is free

[2] 2,500 film and TV titles will be available on 7th July 2015

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BFI: Seven steps to starting a community cinema!

Thinking about setting up a community cinema? Get ready for a little work – and a lot of fun!

Follow BFI Neighbourhood Cinema‘s seven key steps, narrated by Edith Bowman, to help make your cinema’s launch a success!

Read more here.

 

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Revisiting the Tivoli Cinema – Llandaff North Festival

Llandaff North residents will see the Tivoli Cinema open again in its original building – 55 years since it closed its doors for the last time. Now the site of James & Jenkins Garage, the old Tivoli became a car showroom in 1961, however this year, as part of the Llandaff North Festival, local residents will convert the showroom back to its original use and screen “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” – the last film shown at the Tivoli before it closed in 1959.

Organisers have been working with Mark James, of James & Jenkins, who has moved the cars out of the showroom to recreate the old cinema all so that people can enjoy the film in its original venue. “The building itself looks very different now, of course, but if you look carefully, you can still see one or two of the cinema’s features. When we took over the building the old projection room was upstairs with the screen at the far end of what is now our large showroom. I’m pleased we can be part of the festival in such a significant way.”

Festival organiser, Lewys Wootten said, “Whe n we learned that the garage was the original site of the cinema we researched online and saw that the last film shown there was a wartime comedy starring some great British talents – Brian Rix, Leslie Phillips, Hattie Jaques, Liz Fraser, and a young Andrew Sachs. It seemed the natural choice for our pop-up cinema. There will also be a children’s matinee show on the Sunday afternoon. We want to see families from Llandaff North, as well as film fans from further afield, come along to support our pop-up cinema“

The films will be shown on Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th June as part of the Llandaff North Festival 2015. All proceeds will go to the local festival and tickets will be available on the night or from Lew’s Coffee Shop on Station Road.

The Llandaff North pop-up cinema is supported by Cinema For All. Renown Pictures, the company that owns the rights to “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” were also delighted to help with a DVD copy of the film. They recently launched Talking Pictures TV, a satellite channel dedicated to showing classic British films.

Festival organisers hope their ‘premiere’ will lead to regular film screenings throughout the year for children and adults, as part of a Llandaff North Cinema Club.

For more information visit Llandaff North Festival or contact Norman Gettings at normanllandaffnorthfestival@gmail.com

Find out more about the old Tivoli Cinema here on the Cinema Treasures website.

 

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Cell B to install top class cinema system

Fantastic news for Film Hub Wales Member Cellb in Blaenau Ffestiniog, who have this week announced that they have been successful in a bid to Arts Council Wales and have been granted a Capital Lottery grant of £70,000. This is also joined by funding from the Magnox Socio Economic Scheme, allowing them to install a state of the art Digital Cinema set up worth £90,000 in it’s music venue in the old Magistrates Court Building.

Cellb have already been hosting pop up cinema events in their multifunctional creative arts venue, however we are looking forward to seeing what they have planned for the future now that they are capable of hosting more films on a bigger scale.

To follow their new venture and find out first about their new cinema programme visit the Cellb website.

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