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Film Hub Wales - Ffwrnes Film Fest
Submissions open for Ffwrnes Ffilm Ffest 2015


Submissions are now open for new films for Ffwrnes Ffilm Ffest 2015. The festival at Ffwrnes in Llanelli exhibits short films by new and fresh filmmakers, providing a platform for local, national and international filmmakers to engage with new audiences.

Working to create a better film making communities in areas outside of Cardiff, the festival brings together filmmakers to create an environment for both individual pursuits and collective collaborations. The festival also gives audiences in Llanelli and surrounding areas the opportunity to see films from new filmmaking talent. 

The weekend will consist of film screenings, industry talks, awards and networking opportunities, providing aspiring filmmakers with the opportunity to meet industry professionals and make valued contacts.

The only specifications are that the film must be a maximum of 20 minutes running time and the filmmaker must have no previous professional creative credits (e.g. writer or director).

Along with technical aspects and the overall quality of the production the panel will also be looking for outstanding creative potential.

For full terms and conditions and an FAQ for submissions please visit the Ffwrnes Website.


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Film Hub Wales - Tivoli
Revisiting the Tivoli Cinema – Llandaff North Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit Llandaff North Festival or contact Norman Gettings at

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


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Film Hub Wales - Cellb
Cell B to install top class cinema system

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

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

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

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Film Hub Wales - Cinema for All
Cinema for All Competition

Do you want to push the boat out when it comes to programming, but don’t have money in the kitty to justify the risk? Are you itching to create exciting cinematic experiences, but need some backing to get you there?

Cinema For All offer support for this all year round to Community Cinemas and Film Societies, however to help a little more they are looking to award one lucky organisation the following:

1 free Cinema For All membership (12 months)
3 free film screenings*
2 Community Cinema Conference full weekend passes (3-4 October)

This prize is worth over £750 in screenings, freebies and member benefits. To enter, send your response to the following question to by 30th June:

If there were no restrictions, no funding issues and venue location was of no issue, what would your ideal film night look like? (no more than 500 words)

Cinema for All are looking for a group that wants to diversify their programme by introducing more specialised film, so tell them about what British films, world cinemas, documentaries, archive screenings or animations you’d love to screen and how you’d make a night your audience will remember. The more imaginative, the better so get creative! The winner will be announced in early July. Good luck!

For full terms and conditions and more information visit the Cinema for All Website

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Film Hub Wales
ICO Summer Screening Days


The Independent Cinema Office have just announced that Summer Screening Days will be taking place at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield on Saturday 25th July – Monday 27th July 2015. This is the next in their series of four national events taking place across the year. Screening Days are the industry screening events for programming, marketing and education staff of cinemas, film festivals, and film societies.

The weekend gives film exhibitors first-hand knowledge of upcoming film releases to help them select, market and get strong audiences at their screenings. The ICO focus on key art house and independent titles, and the summer event will showcase titles scheduled for release in August–November 2015.

See films that will help your programme stand out, meet and exchange ideas with colleagues, and hear from industry experts on important developments.

To find out more about screening days, book your place or see which films they are screening, please visit their website.

Bursaries are available for these events, for more information see here.


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Film Hub Wales
Cinema For All – Film Society of the Year Awards 2015

Cinema For All – Film Society of the Year Awards are now open for applications! 
Winning an award can bring a huge amount of profile and exposure to new audiences, not to mention a confidence surge for volunteer groups. The award ceremony is on the 3 October in Sheffield, and will be co-hosted by actor and film-maker Mania Akbari (Ten, Life May Be). It will be a really special evening, with goodies, prizes, quizzes and a huge after-party ’til late.

Groups can download application forms from the Cinema For All website, where they can also find guidance notes, tips from previous winners and much more to help them with their application:

There are 11 categories to choose from, including the brand new award for Best Single Event and the Filmbankmedia Audience Award, which comes with a prize of £1000. 

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Film Hub Wales
ABCinema Flatpack 2017: Archive and Young Audiences (Chapter)


Paul Holder, Workshop Leader at Chapter, Cardiff, tell us about his experiences at the ABCinema Sprint during Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham:

“The ABCinema Sprint, part of Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival, brought together filmmakers, educators, archivists, programmers, and other creative professionals from across Europe to share and explore approaches to engaging young people with film archive and heritage.

The key challenges were summed up early on; how and why should we try to reach young people regarding film history? ; how can we bring digital mediums and methods into our attempts to encourage participation? ; how can we re-imagine the way in which audiences are invited in and experience film? Big questions, which over the course of the three-day event found many intriguing and innovative answers.”

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