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Tainted Love season 2016 (Philip Wyn Jones)


An introduction to Chapter’s Tainted Love season from Philip Wyn Jones, part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet:


“I’M LOOKING FOR LOVE. Not something superficial and unconvincing. The real thing. But please don’t rush. I’m writing this with reference to four Hitchcock films showing at Chapter in October. They are: Rebecca (1940), Notorious (1946), Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960). All these films feature various kinds and degrees of love. I’ll be choosing the most impressive and placing those characters in my Lovers’ Gallery”

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Film Hub North presents This Way Up

Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 December, HOME, Manchester

We’re excited to announce This Way Up 15’s keynote speakers, guiding themes and an opportunity for you to help shape the programme.

This innovative two-day conference, hosted by Film Hubs North, Scotland and North West Central, invites film exhibitors to rethink traditional exhibition, and reflect on what audiences really want in a personalised, digital age.

Come along to examine emerging and disruptive trends, experiment with new models, and debate these provocations and more: What is the value of cinema? – From communal DIY to West End deluxe. Are film critics an endangered species? The rise and rise of Event Cinema  – is a film no longer enough?

Keynote speakers announced

Nick North (Director of Audiences, BBC) will explore how rapid shifts in delivery are changing the way audiences discover and consume content in Audiences 2.0.
Marianne Maxwell (Producer, National Theatre of Scotland) will ask what cinemas can gain when they start thinking Without Walls?
Anna Higgs (Executive Producer, High Rise, Duke of Burgundy) will look at how experiments with day and date releasing can create new opportunities for audiences, filmmakers and cinemas.
Writer, broadcaster, critic and arts consultant, Gaylene Gould will act as conference MC.

Open call for pitches

Interested in helping to shape this year’s programme? We’re launching an open call for pitches for content – contact with your ideas for discussions or lunchtime labs (Deadline: 30 October 5pm).

Book now

Snap up your delegate pass for £130 and access a range of specially negotiated hotel deals via

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Film Hub Wales
Iris Prize 2015 Winners Annnounced

Vessels by US filmmaker Arkasha Stevenson about Diamond, a young transgender woman working at a garment factory for little pay, has been announced winner of the 2015 Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The £30,000 prize will allow Arkasha to make a new short film in the UK.

At the sold out Iris Awards presented by Amy Lamé at Cardiff’s Cineworld and Park Inn Hotel, Lord Glendonbrook announced that the international jury had selected Arkasha Stevenson from the USA to scoop the coveted award.

Lynn Hunter, Chair of the Iris Prize Jury said, “Iris’ 2015 theme was ‘Watch Films, Party Nightly, Repeat and this was nowhere more evident than on the screen.  The standard of films this year was exceptionally high, covering a rich diversity of genres and themes, and this made for some very robust jury discussions.

We had a very interesting, lively and difficult time trying to decide on this year’s Iris Prize winner. We saw many extraordinary films that made us laugh, cry and certainly think. Choosing one from all the wonderful films was extremely difficult but in the end we all agreed that Vessels is a strong, unique and purposeful vision. It evoked issues around equality and exploitation, and transgender and women’s voices are voices we need to be championing right now. With a strong and emotional voice, it tackled some difficult issues in an honest, visceral and graphic way”.

Two other short films reached the final stage of the competition with high commendations. They were:

Hole directed by Martin Edralin from Canada
“Engaging and thought provoking with the opening shot of any of the films we saw. This is bold and challenging filmmaking”.

In The Hollow directed by Austin Bunn from the USA
“A very moving, brave and under-represented story. A great hybrid approach to drama and documentary”.

Addressing the audience during the closing night screening of the winning films, Berwyn Rowlands said:
“I’m thrilled that Arkasha is this year’s winner of the Iris Prize. This is only the second time the Iris Prize has been presented to a woman, the first being Dee Rees during our inaugural festival in 2007. We are already looking forward to meeting Arkasha to discuss her new Iris Prize short!”

And the other winners are:

Best British Short sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group
Closets directed by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan was announced Best British Short. Craig Ford representing the Best British Jury said:
“Closets is a clever, original concept. Time travel, teen issues, great performances”.

“This film successfully engaged with its target audience of young people, but at the same told its story in a way that appeals to a much wider and older audience, which is often the benchmark of excellent filmmaking. It also tactfully highlights the similarities and differences between growing up gay in the 1980s and the present”.

Prior to presenting the Best British Award to Lloyd, Andrew Smith, Director of Strategy and Communications at Pinewood Studios Group delighted the audience when he confirmed that they would continue sponsoring the Best British prize in 2016 but would also increase their sponsorship from £14,000 to £20,000.

Also highly commended were:

Mirrors by Neil Ely
“Well directed, well improvised, great use of space. A raw, honest film”.

Roxanne by Paul Frankl
“A fresh, non-stereotypical positive spin on a transgender character”.

Iris Prize Best British Feature sponsored by Martin Briggs
Fourth Man Out directed by Andrew Nackman is the winner of the Iris Prize Best Feature Award.

Jury chairman Martin Briggs said:

“We’ve run a marathon of 14 feature films, taking road trips across Argentina and Australia. We’ve walked the streets of New York, floated over lakes, looped the loop, sucked toes with Larry Clark and got down with the scrum and the junkies.

Fourth Man Out was a standout performance, directed to engage a contemporary audience with sensibility and wit. A fantastic piece of ensemble acting from the central characters with memorable supporting roles. We felt this was a gay film for a mainstream audience”.
Also highly commended were Josh Kim’s How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) and Joey Kuhn’s Those People.

Performance Awards sponsored by Gay Star News
The performance awards sponsored by Gay Star News were presented to Davide Capone for his role as Davide in Darker Than Midnight and Sigrid ten Napel who played Anna in Summer (Zomer). Presenting the Award Tris Reid-Smith said, “This has been a breakthrough year for features at Iris and our deliberations were tough but the performances we chose represent  the best of LGBTQ cinema – challenging, heart-warming and true”. The ensemble cast of Fourth Man Out were highly commended too.

Finally, the Iris Prize Youth Award was presented to Closets directed by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan from the UK. Two representatives of the Youth Jury of 100 pupils from 6 secondary schools in Wales said, delighted the audience when they initially forgot the name of their favourite winning film! They eventually commented: “This film is really useful as a teaching aid because it talks to young people directly. It confirms that whilst things have changed for the better, there are still underlying issues to address, for example homophobic language and bullying.”

Festival guests included directors Andrew Nackman (Fourth Man Out, USA) and Poppy Stockell (Scrum, Australia); and a strong UK contingency including Paul Sweeney, Film Consultant for Vue, Andrew M Smith (Pinewood Studios). The International Jury included last year’s Iris Prize winner Brendon McDonall from Australia and Best British winner Charlie Francis from Scotland, Diva Magazine’s Film Editor Lucy Peters and GAZE Film Festival director Noel Sutton.

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Film Hub Wales
Under Milk Wood open for bookings!

Metrodome Distribution are delighted to announce that Kevin Allen’s acclaimed and starry feature film adaptation of Wales’ greatest poem is now available to book at your venue from its very first day of release, 30 October. Starring Rhys Ifans and with Charlotte Church as you’ve never seen her before, the distributor is inviting bookings, even for limited shows and short runs, from all cinemas and film societies.

Mark the end of Dylan Thomas’s centenary year celebration, ‘DT100’, by screening the English language version of Allen’s “lusty and accessible” (Mark Kermode) adaptation, described in The Guardian’s 4-star review as “a funny, sweaty, bawdy, hyperactive, highly coloured fever-dream”. Originally written for an iconic BBC radio play in 1954 and immortalised on screen by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1972, Under Milk Wood is an enduring pillar of Welsh literature that comes alive with Allen’s unstifled, energetic and melodic approach, exploring the visceral elements of Thomas’s most famous and greatest work.

Realising that you are often forced to wait months in order to play new releases in your venues, Metrodome invite you to suggest early bookings from 30 October in order to benefit from the publicity surrounding the national release, which will include a star-studded premiere the week prior.

Under Milk Wood is available to book on DCP, Blu-ray and DVD.

Please email for more information and to sign up to the Metrodome exhibitor newsletter.

Film Hub Wales have also found out recently that Dan Y Wennalt, the Welsh language version of the film is now an Academy Award contender. The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have confirmed that the film is one of the 81 submitted films consideration for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. We will be looking out for it when the final nominations are announced in January.

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Film Hub Wales
Italian Film Festival Cardiff launches with focus on poetry, gender and migration

The Italian Cultural Centre Wales presents the first ever Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC), which will take place on 10, 16 and 17 October at Cineworld, Chapter Arts and Penarth Pier Pavilion. The festival will showcase a selection of contemporary films, all premiering in Wales and most of them in the UK too, with central themes of poetry, gender and migration.

The event brings to the screens of Wales a dynamic and diverse portrait of Italy with its beauty, complexity and contradictions. The selection of films includes a number of genres of Italian cinematography with a strong emphasis on new narrative forms and independent productions.

The festival will be launched as part of the celebrated LGBT Iris Prize Film Festival on Saturday 10 October at 8.30pm with the harrowing story Più buio di mezzanotte (Darker than Midnight) by Sebastiano Riso followed by a Q&A with the director. The film deals with the controversial issue of gender in modern Italy.

The main festival will run over 16 and 17 October starting with a double bill L’arbitro and Io sto con la sposa (The Referee and On the Bride’s Side) at Penarth Pier Pavilion on Friday 16 October followed by Q&A with directors of both films, Paolo Zucca and Gabriele Del Grande.

Migration from Palestine and Syria is the theme of the heartrending account of On the Bride’s Side by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry. The Referee by Paolo Zucca is a humourous take on soccer as a metaphor for life without shying away from the dark places.

Chapter Arts Cinema will host a full day of the festival on Saturday 17 October with Sarà un paese (It Will Be a Country) by Nicola Campiotti at 3.30 pm, a docu-film that aims to explain contemporary Italy, its issues and its hopes for the future, to a young audience. The film is aimed to young people (8+) but it will be suitable also for anyone interested in issues of contemporary Italy. The screening will be preceded by an Italian language workshop for children focusing on the themes of the film.

The festival will continue with another double bill in the evening at Chapter Arts Cinema with films exploring the beauty of poetry in Il giovane favoloso (Leopardi) by Mario Martone and the crude reality of the disillusion of Naples in Le cose belle (The Beautiful Things) by Agostino Ferrente and Giovanni Piperno, followed by a Q&A with the director and producer.

Read the Festival Press Release announcement here.

For further details visit:


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BFI Future Film Festival Submissions are open!

The BFI Future Film Festival 2016 is now open for submissions. The festival is the British Film Institute’s annual film festival for young people, held at the BFI Southbank in London. BFI Future Film are shaking things up this year with a new festival format and a whole new selection of prizes to give away to filmmakers aged 15 – 25 next February.

BFI Future Film are on the hunt for short films from filmmakers aged 15 – 25 who are working with interesting and original concepts across a range of forms and genres. They accept all types of films including, but not limited to, fiction, documentary, animation, music videos, trailers, experimental and visual effects. To submit, films must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and the core creative team (Director, Writer, Producer) must be aged between 15 – 25.

This year will see the return of BFI RAW prizes of £5000 to put towards developing your filmmaking career, and a year of talent development and mentoring. The festival is also open for International submissions who will be eligible for our Best International Short Film Award. The winning filmmaker will receive £500 and financial support to attend the festival next February. There’s another seven awards on offer as well, all with cash prizes, so the search begins for the best young filmmaking talent working today. Along with the Best Short Film Awards (15-18 or 19-25), they are introducing the following awards; Best Director, Best Producer, Best Writer, Best Micro Short (Under 90 seconds) and Best Experimental Short.

It’s completely free to submit short films to the BFI Future Film Festival and full details can be found here including all the information about how to submit –

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Film Hub Wales
Dates for the next Zoom Youth Film Festival announced!

Put these dates in your diary: 14 – 18 March 2016. 

This is the week when the tenth anniversary edition of the Zoom Youth Film Festival will take place, packed with film and TV workshops, screenings and more for young people from across Wales.

  More details and full programme will be released in the coming weeks and months, but we encourage any questions or expressions of interest from schools, colleges, venues, filmmakers and others to get involved at this stage. Please contact


THE ZYFA’s 2016

The countdown is on to The ZYFA’s 2016 – a glitzy ceremony taking place on 18th March 2016 in Bridgend, South Wales.

It’s a great chance for showcasing the work of young people aged 8-25 who have made short films and want to see them on the big screen.

  There will be 16 categories and a winning film from each will be selected by a panel of industry professionals and members of the Zoom Youth Jury, with winners announced on the night


Comedies, music videos, dramas, documentaries and animations by young people are just some of the short film types that the ZYFA’s honour. 

All the info HERE.

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Film Hub Wales
Literature Wales launches new Roald Dahl Funding Scheme, Invent your Event

Roald Dahl is loved by millions of people, young and old, around the world. However not many people know that the world’s number one storyteller was actually Welsh. Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature, is on a mission to change that, and to bring Roald Dahl firmly back to Wales.

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl and to celebrate this important centenary, Literature Wales has launched Invent your Event, a new outreach and funding scheme that will engage the whole of Wales in literature, creative writing and reading.

Invent your Event is funded by the Welsh Government and is supported by the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. The Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations will form part of Welsh Government’s Year of Adventure.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl, The Minpins

Literature Wales will use the magic of Roald Dahl’s words, stories and characters to inspire creativity and to take literature to new and unexpected places. Financial support for events organised to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 in Wales will be offered through Invent your Event. This unique funding scheme will run parallel to Literature Wales’ successful Writers on Tour scheme.

A complementary outreach programme delivered by Literature Wales and partners will focus on the social justice agenda to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to take part in the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations.

There will also be opportunities for Welsh writers, artists and arts practitioners to develop and deliver Roald Dahl-inspired events, talks and workshops as part of Invent your Event. See Chapters 2 and 3 for details.

The Invent your Event scheme is made up of three strands, or Chapters. These are as follows:

Chapter 1 – Funding for Large Events, Festival Programmes and Residencies
Chapter 2 – Funding for Small Events
Chapter 3 – Wales-wide Outreach programme

To find out more about Invent your Event, and the opportunities available for Welsh writers,
artists, and arts practitioners, click on the links above, or contact Literature Wales on:
029 2047 2266 /  

Follow @LitWales and #RoaldDahl100Wales on Twitter
for further details and announcements.

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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 - Iris 2015
Filmmakers vying for £30,000 are heading to Cardiff for 2015 Iris Prize festival
  • Film makers from Norway, The Netherlands, India, Australia, Israel, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, UK and The USA on their way to Cardiff vying for £30,000 Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation
  • Largest British contingency every to attend Cardiff screenings for Pinewood Studios’ Sponsored Best of British Award
  • 40 amazing stories representing the diversity of LGBT life from 18 countries make final short film selections
  • 7 Days and counting before Iris arrives in Cardiff for LGBT film festival – Wednesday 7 – Sunday 11 October 2015!

The world’s largest short film prize is a whopping £30,000 and is presented annually in Cardiff to the Best LGBT short film as decided by an independent jury, chaired this year by popular actress Lynn Hunter.

The Iris Prize, known to film aficionados as the Gay Short Film Oscars, is now in its 9th year and to some the best kept secret Cardiff has, opens on Wednesday 7 October.

As the organisers prepare for the 10th anniversary in 2016, they are determined that the 2015 festival will also make a mark! Taking place at the same time as the Rugby World Cup, the festival’s opening night film is a documentary called Scrum, which follows the trials and tribulations of three men competing during the Bingham Cup – the gay rugby world cup.

The fresh new slogan adopted by the festival team dictates “Watch films. Party nightly. Repeat.” – this is possibly why the festival is popular with both film makers and members of the public, with attendances last year hitting 7,000.

“Access to the film makers is a big part of the Iris appeal,” Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands feels.

“We have an access all areas policy, which basically means members of the public have easy access to the talent attending the festival. The VIP area is shared by everyone – because we don’t have one – every part of the festival is VIP and open to the public,” he added.

2015 is proving to be another popular year for attracting talent to Cardiff, with film makers attending from all over the world. These are just some of the film makers who will introducing their films at screenings in Cardiff:

Films in this year’s programme include:

Baggage, Dir: Sarah Ball (UK)
Bunker, Dir: Vibeke Heide (Norway)
Chance, Dir: Jake Graf (UK)
Charlie, Dir: Shawn Ryan (USA)
Charlie, Prod: John Ainsworth (USA)
Closets, Dir: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan (UK)
Daniel, Dir: Dean Loxton (UK)
An Afternoon (En Eftermiddag), Dir: Soren Green (Denmark)
Hora, Dir: Yoav Brill (Israel)
Intrinsic Moral Evil, Dir: Harm Weistra (The Netherlands)
Mirrors, Dir: Neil Ely (UK)
Quixotic Player, Dir: Jay Bedwani (UK)
Roxanne, Dir: Paul Frankl (UK)
Showboy, Dir: Samuel Leighton-Dore (Australia) (pictured above)
Sundar, Dir: Rohan Kanawade (India)
Sundar, Crew: Vikrant Pednekar (India)
Thirst, Dir: Guy Sahaf (Israel)
No Strings, Dir: Eoin Maher (Ireland)
Paper Thin, Dir: Nataly Leboulex (UK)
Morning is Broken, Dir: Simon Anderson (UK)
Morning is Broken, Prod: James Walker (UK)
Want it, Dir: Lee Haven Jones (UK)

The full festival programme and box office can be found here: or follow Iris on Twitter @irisprize   #iris15


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Film Hub Wales - borderlines
Neighbourhood Cinema Training Opportunities

The Independent Cinema Office are holding two training days in Birmingham and York to support the activities of BFI Neighbourhood Cinema members, as well as offering free in-depth consultancies.

The Birmingham training day will be led by our Head of Cinemas, David Sin and the York training day, by our Director, Catharine Des Forges. Sessions will incorporate presentations offering a helpful background to how the film industry works, audience development (including encouraging attendance by families and children), archive programming, and how best to utilise social media and other marketing tools to grow audiences on a budget.

Monday 9th November Birmingham & Midland Institute (Birmingham) | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10th November Clements Hall (York) | 10:00am – 5:00pm

These events are free to attend and are open to staff of community cinemas. Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme will be prioritised.
A free lunch will be provided at each event.

To secure your place, please click here.

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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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