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New film library to tackle homophobic bullying in schools
  •        Ground breaking film library to tackle homophobic bullying in schools
  •        8 short films are now available free of charge
  •        Produced by young people in Wales for young people everywhere

Organisers of the Iris Prize have today (28 January 2016) launched a library of short films produced by young people dealing with LGBT bullying. The short films have been produced by secondary school pupils from all over Wales over the past two years. Available free of charge on YouTube, the 8 short films are all unique telling a different story using comedy as well as hard hitting drama to communicate their message.

Figures released by Stonewall confirm that over half of all young gay people experience homophobic bullying and of them, 41% have attempted or thought about taking their own life. 56% of young people deliberately self-harm and this rises to 61% if subjected to bullying.

Andrew Pierce, Chair of the Iris Prize said: “There’s something quite special about empowering young people to deal with these important issues on their own terms. We’ve been fortunate to have worked with some incredibly talented and brave pupils from all over Wales to produce these films.

“I’m encouraged that we have schools in Wales who are willing to address issues of homophobic bullying head on. These films can now be used by other schools as a starting point for debate and discussion. The films can also be integrated into different parts of the curriculum.”

“Thanks to the generous support of Ffilm Cymru Wales we are able to deliver the project for another year and during 2016 we will be visiting 5 secondary schools in Wales, and by the end of the year we will have another five films to add to the library.”

Janine Barnett-Phillips, Woodlands High School, Cardiff said: “Pupils who attend Woodlands High School have special needs. Thanks to the approach of Team Iris in treating the pupils as equals it has been a joy to see how they developed as individuals during this project. The level of discussion and debate, stimulated after making and watching short films, continues to make me proud of the individuals I teach. They are extraordinary and Team Iris have inspired them and helped to raise their self-esteem. The pupils from Woodlands more than most pupils understand the impact that being different can have on your life and this has helped them understand issues of homophobic bullying.

The 8 short films can be found here:

The Iris Prize education outreach project has received financial support from Google, Ffilm Cymru Wales and UIA Charitable Foundation.


Further Details.

Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 818294


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, Tim Marshall (Australia) – 2013, Brendan McDonall (Australia) 2014 and Arkasha Stevenson 2015 (US).


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FHW Top 10 Welsh Films 2015

It’s been a great year for Welsh cinema, Welsh filmmakers and retrospective seasons – here’s a roundup of some of the best films and events of 2015! 

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New Digital Platform means anywhere can be a Cinema

Since 2009, the social enterprise Open Cinema has been enabling low-income and excluded communities in the UK and Ireland to programme and manager their own cinemas and filmmaking programmes. Since inception, 34 film clubs have welcomed 14k admissions with 200 special guests, and participants have produced 56 short films of their own. The company has won numerous awards and recognition for its work, including being selected to present film made my homeless people from all over the world at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Open Cinema today (Thursday 1st October) launches its new service, enabling workplaces, leisure or community centres to screen films to audiences across the UK. It has also received over 600 enquiries from 70 countries, from communities that want to use and adapt their model themselves and return communal storytelling to its ancient role in society.

  • Digital platform is a subscription service – £40 per month (£30 to low-income communities)
  • Venues can choose from a growing library of films – currently over 13,000 – to show to audiences at their chosen time, venue and price
  • Open Cinema helps venues get started with a guide to equipment and screening room preparations
  • Events are accessible to all, or to private groups, or if you wish, programmable by outside groups, such as a book club or surfers collective
  • Platform automates the licensing of each screening
  • Event marketing and reviewing tools are built in to the platform
  • Platform enables venues to sell tickets, with the revenues then being automatically distributed between the venue and the rights owner

The platform is operated by a new company, Open Cinema International Ltd, 10% owned by the Open Cinema Foundation. The Foundation continues to work on the special projects with frontline support organisations including St. Mungo’s Broadway and Homeless Link, publish impact research, and provides filmmaking programmes for both service uses and communications teams within social sector organisations. Open Cinema are currently in discussion with dozens of organisations across a wide range of sectors, including community centres, hotels, care homes and offices, and expect to capitalise on the success of over 6 years of community cinema delivery through the foundation.

10% of profits from the new company will be used to support the Foundation’s work in support environments

Founder and CEO Christopher Warrack says:

“Open Cinema was founded to bring excluded communities together through cinema, and to bring the film industry closer to the poor. A digital platform has always offered the prospect of reducing costs and prices, and making the model much more widely available to low-income communities.

But there shouldn’t really be such a distinction, so any community can now register a space as a cinema and start presenting thrilling or in any way significant film events – libraries and law firms, corporates and community centres, church halls and pubs – and these can be findable and accessible by anyone with the app, bring all walks of life together to engage in events that stir the passions and mobilize collaborations, or simply delight or bemuse.

We have a huge range of amazing features to add in the coming months, according to what people find valuable or useful. I hope that this begins to realise a little more of the potential in the much-loved medium of cinema, at a time when communities could do with better ways to express themselves and find solutions to the challenges we face.”

Film actor and former Open Cinema guest Natascha McElhone says:

“In these days of trying to watch great creative works on little gadgets on the bus, Open Cinema put the community and big screen first. They hand the gift of cinema to people far from the spotlight of the high street, wealth and celebrity.

I introduced The Truman Show to an audience of young people at a homeless shelter in the West End… I saw people’s moods change, lift, conversations start, interaction where there had been a heavy sad silence in the room before.

The transformational effect of movies is what makes them so necessary and everyone should have access to that experience – even if it’s just for two hours – being transported away from their real life woes can sometimes make things just bearable. With their new digital platform, many more communities will be able to watch great films in local settings and get closer to all the stories the world of cinema as to offer”

For more information please contact or visit



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Film Hub Wales
Charlotte Brownhill: The Work Experience Diaries 2015

Charlotte Brownhill – A second year BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Journalism student at the University of South Wales, talks about her placement with Riverfront Arts Centre (Newport):

21st October 2015

Today my day involved writing a press release for Disney Pixar’s Animated film Inside Out (U). The Riverfront will be showing this film at their cinema next week for half-term from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th October.

The Riverfront usually screens a film a week from Monday – Wednesday but due to half-term it was really important to produce a lot of marketing for Inside Out as it is a cheap day out for all the family, only costing £1.50 a ticket – you can’t go wrong there!

I began by writing a press release that will hopefully be featured in The Argus – A South Wales Newspaper. This newspaper is where The Riverfront advertise all of their upcoming events e.g. theatre, cinema etc. To ensure my press release would give the film justice I began to research reviews written about Inside Out, this involved the website Rotten Tomatoes which I highly recommend when trying to find an in depth review of a film as it provides statistics, trailers, ratings and reviews varying from top critics (such as The Guardian) to everyday users. I also began to look reviews from The Telegraph to Variety to Rolling Stones. I gather key words and information from them all and begin to form my own press release. I enjoy this as it gives me the opportunity to research thoroughly into a film – since beginning my work experience here my knowledge of films has improved.

After my press release is completed and checked, I schedule a number of tweets for the upcoming week to promote the film. I schedule tweets on Hootsuite throughout the day and evening promoting Inside Out in various ways such as linking trailers or images on the film as well as hash tags. The power of the hashtag can really boost promotion and I think it’s important to use as much social media as possible when promoting.

Another perk of the job this week was that I got two free meals for the Nando’s opening opposite the Riverfront in The Friars Walk shopping centre!

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Film Hub Wales
Children’s Film First Conference 2015 (Claire Vaughan, Chapter)

Claire Vaughan, Programme Officer at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff tells us all about her experiences at the Children’s Film First Conference 2015 in Brussels:

“A hop to London on a bus, a skip onto the Eurostar and a jump off the platform into the beautiful, multicultural city of Brussels and I was making my way to a European-wide conference on Children’s Cinema.”




In these times of austerity it proved that there are alternatives and with a little investment in these areas we can create a more robust and healthy film culture in the future. A really inspiring couple of days with some wonderful people.



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Film Hub Wales - The Tivoli
Llandaff North Tivoli Cinema Nominated for Award

Llandaff North’s Tivoli Cinema is in the running for a national award this weekend – just three months on from the community project’s launch event in June.

Cinema For All – the organisation that supports community cinema across the UK is holding the Film Society of the Year Awards on Saturday, 3 October in Sheffield.

The Tivoli Pop-Up Cinema is nominated in the Best Single Event category for its screenings in June as part of the Llandaff North Festival.

The original site of the Tivoli became a car showroom in 1961 and is now James & Jenkins Garage. As part of the Llandaff North Festival, local residents converted the showroom back to its original use and screened “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” – the last film shown at the Tivoli before it closed in 1959.

When organisers approached Mark James, of James & Jenkins, he immediately offered to move the cars out of the showroom – the old cinema hall – so people could 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 could be part of the festival in such a significant way, and wish them the best of luck at the awards”

Festival organiser, Lewys Wootten said, “When we learned that the garage was the original site of the cinema we researched online and found 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 and proved very popular. We have some photographs and plans of the original cinema and many people who came along told us their memories of the Tivoli.”

There was also a family matinee show of ‘Paddington’ on the Sunday afternoon of the festival. Both films were very well attended and the Tivoli Cinema has since screened films in a local school and a café.

“We want to see families from Llandaff North, as well as film fans from further afield, come along to support our pop-up cinema. We keep ticket prices as low as possible and we show films that people will find interesting. It’s a fantastic initiative, but it needs the support of local people. The award nomination is recognition of the work we’ve put in as volunteers, and the potential for community cinema in Llandaff North.”

The Llandaff North pop-up cinema is supported by Film Hub Wales and Cinema For All, to find our more and to follow their progress head to their facebook page

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Film Hub Wales - BFI Love Season

Press release: 15 September, 2015 (Download)

Fall in love with film this autumn as Film Hub Wales announces an irresistible Wales-wide season of events.

Film Hub Wales invites audiences across Wales to rekindle their passion for film, as the Film Audience Network launches BFI LOVE in partnership with Plusnet. A season of films to fall in love with, films to break your heart.

As part of the UK-wide BFI LOVE season between October and December 2015, venues will be bringing an alluring selection of 85 screenings and events to audiences right across Wales, from The Magic Lantern in Tywyn, to Castell Coch in Cardiff.

Audiences will be taken on an emotional journey, experiencing the heartbreak and longing of epic love stories like Brief Encounter (1945), charming and light-hearted romantic comedies such as Amelie (2001) and the darkest tales of obsession, betrayal and danger including Fatal Attraction (1987).

From today, the full listing of confirmed Film Hub Wales BFI LOVE events can be found at

Strategic Manager for Film Hub Wales, Hana Lewis, commented: “Audiences have many chances to discover their love for film this autumn at some of the exceptional independent cinemas Wales has to offer. With an array of exciting events arranged, from an immersive multi-media production of Brief Encounter at The Torch, to touring LGBTQI ‘Love Bites’ shorts from Iris Prize, there’s plenty to choose from. Our Film Hub Wales members make BFI blockbusters creative, exciting seasons to look out for. With Chapter as our Hub lead organisation in Wales, we have an unmissable season ahead.”

Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said: ‘‘Film can bring love to life more powerfully than any other art form – it is cinema’s most seductive illusion and has transformed the way we see ourselves, and our love lives. Our season is not about sex. We’re getting back to LOVE: embracing the intimacy of the close-up and the anticipation of the much longed-for screen kiss: the very language of cinema itself.”

The heart-warming and heart-breaking highlights from the Film Hub Wales BFI LOVE offering include:

  • Screenings and singalongs at Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle: Cosy up under blankets with a loved one in the atmospheric settings of Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle to enjoy Chapter’s site-specific offerings of twisted and tangled tales. Films include Beauty and the Beast, The Princess Bride and classic silent film, Phantom of the Opera, set to a live score from Steepway Sound Collective and with a musical introduction from Welsh National Opera. Got little ones to entertain? They’re sure to love you even more for taking them along to The Frozen Singalong, with a musical warm up from Welsh National Opera. Chapter will also celebrate the darker side of desire and obsession with Hitchcock and Lynch and Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival is uprooting from Aberystwyth, slicing up their prime cuts of brand new horrors for Halloween night at Chapter. Dates: 9th-10th Oct (Castell Coch) & 20th-21st Nov (Caerphilly Castle).
  • Brief Encounter at The Torch Theatre: Nestled amidst an eclectic film programme throughout Nov & Dec is a stunning multi-media stage production, switching between and blending together live action and film footage, this dramatic and poignant adaptation of Brief Encounter, inspired by Kneehigh Theatre’s hit Broadway version, is set to be the biggest production ever staged by The Torch Theatre Company. With the Theatre foyer dressed to special effect, audiences will be transported back in time for this immersive evening, guaranteed to take them on an emotional rollercoaster from laugher to tears and back. Dates: 8th-24th Oct (The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven).
  • LOVE Bites: Addressing themes including Coming Out, Forbidden LOVE and Illegal LOVE, this selection of LGBTQI short films from the Iris Prize archive have been expertly selected. Details of screenings to be announced soon.
  • Sunday afternoon movies, music and cream teas at The Magic Lantern, Tywyn: Enjoy a delicious cream tea, accompanied by love-themed music and a Sunday afternoon film screening. Films include Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Brief Encounter and A Matter of Life and Death. Dates: Sundays from 25th Oct (The Magic Lantern, Tywyn).
  • L’Amour at Le Monde: Darkened Rooms present French Cinema in the most romantic way possible, with food, drink and great music in a charming location. Dates: 13th & 14th Nov (Le Monde, Cardiff).
  • What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?: School pupils across Wales take part in an immersive educational event that reimagines Bill Forsyth’s essential teen romance Gregory’s Girl and explore the science behind human attraction before introducing them to the charming 1980s romance. Dates: Jan – Feb 2016 (20th Jan – Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 27 Jan – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, 4th Feb – Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold).
  • Further events include a vampire love and Bollywood series at Gwyn Hall, Neath and the evolving theme of love on film at Penarth Pier Pavilion. Audiences can celebrate 100 years of love at the Newbridge Memo, Caerphilly and take a trip to Memo Arts Centre Barry, where programmes will soon be announced.

For more information about the project visit:

Find out more about BFI LOVE at: and on social media: @BFI #BFILOVE



For further enquiries contact:
Dan Thomas: / 07989 971956
Fleur Tucker: / 07703 679227

BFI LOVE participating venues in Wales:

The Magic Lantern, Tywyn

Iris Prize Festival

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Penarth Pier Pavilion

Darkened Rooms


Chapter, Cardiff

Newbridge Memo

Gwyn Hall, Neath

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Taliesin Arts Centre
Clwyd Theatr Cymru

About Film Hub Wales:

Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Its independent member venues, regularly develop inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.

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 seventy four 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.


Film Hub Wales contacts:
Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager, on 02920 353 740 or
Lisa Nesbitt, Development Officer, on 02920 311 067 /


About 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.


About the 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 film makers and audiences.


About the BFI Film Audience Network:

The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialized and independent British film.

The Network is made up of nine Film Hubs which cover the whole of the UK. Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) that receives funding the BFI to deliver extensive programming, audience development activity and support sector training in their region.



The power of love is cinema’s most seductive illusion, making our hearts beat faster and shaping our dreams and longings. BFI LOVE in partnership with Plusnet, is a major new project that will re-kindle audiences passions for film and television’s most enduring love stories. Truly an affair to remember, the UK-wide season includes over 1,000 screenings at 100s of cinemas, special one-off events, new and rare releases on DVD and BFI Player, education events and innovative interactive content across online and social media.

About What’s the Grey Matter with Gregory?:

This project is being managed by Cinelive, BFI Education, and Film Hubs Scotland, Wales and South East. It is designed for school pupils and not open to the public. Tickets are free and schools will be approached directly to attend.

A visual event: the set design, staging, acting and costumes will provide excellent photo and filming opportunities for press.

Cinelive is an arts education organisation that invites young people to create and immerse themselves in live performance and take part in exceptional learning experiences.

BFI Education helps people of all ages to understand and enjoy film. They run events and courses at BFI Southbank and encourage new audiences into the world of specialist, independent and archive.


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Berlin International Film Festival 2015 (Iris Prize)


Berwyn Rowlands, Festival Director of the Iris Prize and Queer Film Network member, visited the 2015 Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and wrote this blog about his adventure.

The 2015 Berlinale proved to be everything I had ever dreamt it could be and more!

For the past 25 years people have responded with varying degrees of surprise when I admit that I’ve never been to the Berlin Film Festival. Sundance, Cannes, Edinburgh, Cork have all featured in my film past, each offering different experiences as I visited as a programmer, film producer, media executive or ordinary punter! Some were designated festivals for watching new films while others were places to do business and close deals, almost divorced from any screenings.

Berlin for a number of reasons was never on my list. What a mistake that was!

I was able to rectify this omission and spend 3 days at the 2015 Berlinale thanks to the support of Film Hub Wales. The dates were carefully selected to co-inside with the annual Queer Programmers Meeting co-ordinated by the Teddy Jury. This proved to be the largest gathering of queer programmers and festivals I had ever attended.

With the potential to be completely overwhelmed by the whole experience I kept reminding myself of my objectives for attending:

  • Meeting people – new contacts, sponsors, partners for collaborations!
  • Seeing films and meeting film makers to expand and enrich the Iris programme, especially now that we have increased the number of feature film screenings from 8 to 20!
  • Promoting the Iris Prize to encourage submissions and increase the international audience for the annual Cardiff festival.

I’m pleased to confirm I achieved all my objectives and more by attending the Queer Programmers Meeting, hanging out at the Market Place, attending meetings which I had organized before leaving Cardiff, leaving space in my schedule for unexpected meetings and watching films (not as much as I would have liked).

What was unexpected during my packed 3 days in Berlin was finding the time to “think” – considering how busy and frantic the Berlinale can be – but I found the moments between meetings an opportunity to focus the mind.

I’m already looking forward to returning to Berlin for the 2016 festival.


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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.


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.


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.

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.

Hub Partner details

The Torch Theatr:

Caught by the River:

Cymryd Rhan:

Clywd Theatr Cymru:

Flicks in the Sticks: 

Gwyn Hall:

Darkened Rooms:

Into Film Cymru

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Film Hub Wales - Silent Horror Shorts
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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Film Hub Wales - Letter From Wales

7th July 2015



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.


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.


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.


  • For more information, please contact Jane Thomas on 07967 351 827 or
  • 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 – 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. 

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.

[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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