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Two Made in Wales films are heading to SXSW!
Rare Beasts and Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm, two films that featured in our latest Welsh Film Preview Days, will premiere at the festival held in Austin, Texas in March.

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera and this year it features two Made in Wales films in it’s programme.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm, a feature-length music documentary is about two Welsh brothers that launched the legendary Rockfield studios and brought rock and roll royalty such as Black Sabbath, Oasis, Coldplay, Stone Roses, Robert Plant and Simple Mind to their studio in the Monmouthshire countryside. It is produced by ie ie Productions’ Catryn Ramasut and also features Wales’ own James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers)

Joining Rockfield at SXSW is another film, Rare Beasts that featured in our latest Welsh Film Preview Days at Gwyn Hall in Neath & Galeri in Caernarfon and is the directorial debut of Billie Piper, who also plays Mandy, a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents’ separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete, who’s searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity. Rare Beasts is produced by Vaughan Sivell (Western Edge Pictures) who is from Pembrokeshire.

Both films have received funding from Ffilm Cymru Wales.

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Cornerstone Films Off to the Races With Worldwide Sales on Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse


London, October 31, 2019 — Cornerstone Films has closed worldwide sales, including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), for BAFTA award-winning director Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse. The film stars Toni Collette and Damian Lewis together with Owen Teale, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson, with Nicholas  Farrell and Siân Phillips. It is is currently in post production in Wales. Cornerstone Films has also closed deals with  Welt Kino (Germany), Impuls (Switzerland), Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. (Japan) and Terry Steiner (Airlines). As previously announced, Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly acquired the U.S. rights and Warner Bros is  distributing in the UK. The SPWA deal includes rest of world, excluding Canada, Italy and France.

Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s. He is everything to her: friend, confidant and an escape from a life of always putting other people’s needs first.

Dream Horse is a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground. The true story behind the film was previously told in the documentary Dark Horse, produced by Judith Dawson and directed by Louise Osmond, also backed by Film4 and Ffilm Cymru. It won the World Cinema Audience Award at
Sundance before being released by Picturehouse in the UK and Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S.

The RAW production was written by BAFTA award-winning writer Neil McKay and developed with Film4. It is produced by Katherine Butler and Tracy O’Riordan. Executive producers are Piers Vellacott and Joely Fether for RAW, Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious Media, and Pauline Burt for Ffilm Cymru Wales.Film4, Ingenious Media, Ffilm Cymru Wales provided funding for the film, which is also supported by the Welsh Government. They are joined by Warner Bros UK, which will release the film in the UK. Cornerstone Films handled
international sales, and is selling Canada, Italy and France.

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Call For Submissions – Open City Documentary 2020

Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2020 are now open.

The festival is looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length documentaries, as well as cross-platform projects.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 5,000 people attended last year’s festival.

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Open City Award, Best Emerging International Filmmaker Award, and Best UK Short Award (supported by the British Council).

Last year 70 films were screened in the festival and we brought 38 filmmakers to the UK alongside the films.

Earlybird Deadline: December 20th 2019

Submissions via FilmFreeway

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Solomon and Gaenor is Back on the Big Screen!

The UK Jewish Film Festival are screening the Welsh-Yiddish classic at 2 Welsh venues this December.

This Oscar-nominated classic is 20 years old this year. Set amid the anti-Jewish riots of 1911, and starring Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts and Maureen Lipman, Solomon a Gaenor tells the story of a young Orthodox-Jewish man in South Wales who falls in love with a local girl. Will their love survive their respective communities’ prejudice and fear?

  • Winner – Best Film, Best Design, Best Camera (Drama) & Best Costume, BAFTA Cymru Awards 2001
  • Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2000

[an] understated, beautifully layered performance. – The New York Times

Find out how to book the film here.

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BAFTA’S For The Love Of Film Competition 2019

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond for their love of film?

BAFTA are searching for people across the country whose passion for film makes them legendary in their communities.

Maybe they’ve saved your local cinema from closure, spent a lifetime serving popcorn, or run a mobile film club bringing the big screen to people in remote areas. 

If you know of anyone who has done something extraordinary to benefit others and enrich their experience of film, then we want to hear from you!

Nominate them for BAFTA’s For the Love of Film competition using the form below, and they could be in with a chance to win an amazing prize.

The Prize:

Two incredible winners will each win tickets for themselves and a guest to join BAFTA and EE at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 2 February 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall.

They will receive the full film star treatment with an overnight stay at The Savoy Hotel, a helping hand to get red carpet ready and the chance to mingle with the best in the film industry at the awards ceremony.

Winners will be selected by a fantastic jury of film experts, from directors and producers to critics.

The competition closes at 10:00 AM on Monday 2 December 2019. Winners will be notified by 31 December 2019.

Nominate Your Local Film Heroes Here

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The National Library of Wales (NLW) Announce Scheme ‘Living Memory’ That Offers Venues Bilingual Resources

For over a year The National Library of Wales (NLW) has been developing a scheme to offer bilingual resources from the Library’s graphic and audiovisual collections for reminiscence.

As part of the scheme, they are offering independent cinemas and film societies a programme of archival films that will appeal to older people, those living with dementia and their families; they will also offer a wider audience a medium to generate discussions about their community, e.g. how culture and traditions change over the years.
Find out more here

Ers dros flwyddyn mae Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (LlGC) wedi bod yn datblygu cynllun i gynnig adnoddau dwyieithog o gasgliadau gweledol a graffigol LlGC ar gyfer hel atgofion ac i hwyluso therapi’r cof.

Fel rhan o’r cynllun rydym yn cynnig rhaglen o ffilmiau archifol (sy’n addas ar gyfer pobl hŷn, rhai sy’n byw gyda dementia a’u teuluoedd) i sinemau annibynnol a chlybiau ffilm; bydd y ffilmiau hefyd yn cynnig cyfrwng i gynulleidfa ehangach i gychwyn sgyrsiau am y gymuned, e.e. sut mae diwylliant a thraddodiadau wedi newid dros y blynyddoedd.
Darganfod rhagor

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Arts Council for Wales: New Guidelines Published

Following their extensive National Lottery Strategy consultation, the Arts Council for Wales have reviewed and
revised their funding programmes.

Read the new strategy in full here. 

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Cinema For All
Equipment hire scheme – first hire FREE for Film Hub Wales Members!

The Equipment Hire Scheme is designed to help members who need to hire kit for pop up screenings.
Cinema For All has three sets of equipment one of which is hosted by Film Hub Wales, which are available to hire at low prices.

To help new groups get started the equipment pack is comprised of:

  • a projector
  • portable Screen
  • AMP
  • speakers
  • blu-ray player & cabling

For more information about the scheme, click here.

If you’d like to book, fill out the booking form here.

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Full Programme Announced for This Way Up 2019

The full programme has been revealed for This Way Up, the UK’s film exhibition conference which takes place 3 – 4 December at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.

There will be plenty of debates and talks to inspire, enlighten and challenge, plus opportunities to connect and share with your industry colleagues.

Delegate passes are available for £160 (+VAT).

Apply for a bursary to help support with costs here


View the full programme

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This is an online space for Film Hub Wales members to connect with each other.

Hold conversations, announce events, provide information and ask questions. The more members and partnerships we build, the greater impact we can make for audiences and our exhibition sector in Wales.

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What’s On in 2019: New Welsh Networks and Festivals Create Opportunities for Film Audiences in Wales

Film Hub Wales (FHW), led by Chapter and part of the part of the BFI Film Audience Network, has announced support for 10 new projects. Thanks to National Lottery funding they will bring more films, to more people, at more cinemas and film festivals across Wales.

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BFI unveils full programme for BFI MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN Including BFI UK-wide re-releases of Tommy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and in the Rain across the UK from Oct 19 Jan 20.


On Tuesday (10th September), the BFI revealed the programme for the UK’s greatest ever season celebrating the film musical, at an all-singing, all-dancing event at BFI Southbank with special guests including actors Petula Clark and Clarke Peters and

Patricia Ward Kelly, wife and biographer of Hollywood legend Gene Kelly. BFI Musicals will celebrate the greatest stars including Gene Kelly, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Doris Day, and spotlight the directors and composers whose creativity was the driving force behind countless beloved musicals; from the virtuoso choreographer and director Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Sweet Charity) to the late great composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, Les demoiselles de Rochefort). The programme will also shine a light on the musicals which engage with socio-political themes, such as racism or the horrors of the Depression, as well as celebrate the films which provide audiences with escapism from political uncertainty and troubled times; from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s box office boom during WW2 and in the post-war years, to the phenomenal successes of the latest musical films like The Lion King (Jon Favreau, 2019), which has already surpassed $1.5 billion globally. From singalong screenings to Q&As and immersive events for the whole family, BFI Musicals is guaranteed to have the UK singing and dancing in the aisles this autumn.

Head Curator of the BFI National Archive, and BFI Musicals Programmer Robin Baker tonight revealed that the programme would span the length and breadth of the UK, with nationwide re-releases of Ken Russell’s rock opera Tommy (1975), starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Elton John, Oliver Reed and Tina Turner, and of Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or-winning The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. Alongside the previously announced BFI re-release of Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952), these re-releases will screen at venues across the UK, alongside a touring programme of 12 musicals presented by the ICO (Independent Cinema Office) and a major series of special events programmed in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). Highlights of the UK-wide BFI FAN programme will include the Wizard of Oz(Victor Fleming, 1939) in Belfast Cathedral; an immersive screening of Brigadoon (Vincente Minnelli, 1954) in Edinburgh; Reframing Streisand, a UK-wide film tour celebrating the iconic star; a series of aquatic themed musicals in and around Belfast harbour; and a Russian musicals season in London, Bristol and Nottingham. The full UK-wide programme will be revealed soon.

Special guests from the world of film, TV and musical theatre will take part in events throughout the season, with full line-ups being announced by individual cinemas soon. Guests confirmed for BFI Southbank so far include:

  • Imelda Staunton (Theatre: Gypsy, Follies, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz)
  • Patricia Ward Kelly (Wife and biographer of Hollywood legend Gene Kelly)
  • Clarke Peters (Theatre: Five Guys Named Moe (writer), Guys and Dolls (actor), TV: The Wire)
  • Kerry Ellis (Theatre: Wicked, We Will Rock You)
  • Howard Schuman (TV: Rock Follies)

While the movie musical never truly went away, the last few years have seen a major resurgence in the popularity of the genre, with La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016), The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (Ol Parker, 2018) taking a combined global box office of more than $1.25 billion, emulating the Golden Age of Hollywood, when MGM musicals ruled the box office. Meanwhile, Rupert Goold’s forthcoming biopic Judy (2019) starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, and TV series Fosse/Verdon, which immortalises director and master choreographer Bob Fosse and Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Gwen Verdon also point to a renewed interest in the life and work of musical icons. As well as the recent success of the movie musical, theatre audiences continue to lap up musicals on stage, with revenue from the genre in London’s West End increasing year on year by 15.4% in 2018 to just shy of £504 million. With stage successes being regularly developed into feature films – such as Tom Hooper’s much talked-about Cats (2019) and next year’s adaptations of Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights and British hit Everyone’s Talking About Jamie – it’s clear that the movie musical is here to stay.

BFI Musicals will explore the reasons for the current success of the movie musical, including the notion that it is the best form of escapism from the troubled times we are living in. The season will celebrate the greatest stars, directors, composers and choreographers, and look at the stories of the Hollywood, British and international musical. The season will also look to confirm the musical as a genre which, hidden beneath the glitz and glamour, speaks to audiences
about profoundly serious subjects, from the hardship of the Depression and the insidiousness of racism to the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive and BFI Musicals Programmer said:

 “Welcome to the new golden age of the movie musical. Audiences flock to musicals in troubled times – from Busby Berkeley’s spectacular routines during the Depression to the masterpieces of MGM’s Freed Unit during WW2 – so it’s no surprise that the big screen musical is currently enjoying a major revival. We’re delighted to be bringing both classic musicals and rarities to cinemas across the UK in Britain’s biggest ever celebration of the musical. So, time to leave your woes behind and immerse yourself in the emotional, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-arms-raising joy brought to you on the big screen by Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Beyoncé and an all-singing, all-dancing cast of thousands.”

BFI MUSICALS THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN will be in cinemas and venues across the UK from October 2019 to January 2020 and will celebrate the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching film musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers on the big screen where they belong. BFI MUSICALS will include:

  • A major season at BFI Southbank, with screenings and one-off events, immersive venue takeovers, a pop-up piano musicals bar, quiz nights and much more
  • BFI UK-wide re-releases of Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952), Tommy (Ken Russell, 1975) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
  • Hundreds of screenings and events at venues across the UK programmed in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO); details to be announced in full soon.
  • BFI home entertainment releases of Yentl (Barbra Streisand, 1983) (Blu-ray), Hair (Miloš Forman, 1979) (Dual Format Edition) and Les demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy, 1967) (Blu-ray)
  • A major musical collection on the BFI’s VOD service BFI Player
  • 100 newly digitised musicals-themed TV programmes available to watch for free in the BFI Mediatheque at BFI Southbank

Visit for more information and for full UK-wide listings

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