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A Message to our Members on Covid-19

This page will continue to be updated with information and relevant links.

To all our colleagues and friends across the Film Hub Wales membership. We hope you’re well and keeping safe and healthy.

We want to share the following information, which you might need during coming weeks/months:

Hub Updates:

  • Our office
    In line with current medical advice, Chapter has had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close. During this time, calls will be diverted to us during office hours, so please call as normal.
  • Hub events
    The rural cinema event on the 28th March was postponed. We will be in touch in relation to any further planned events.
  • 20/21 funds
    There is a temporary hold on the launch of any new schemes or decision making on new awards. If this causes any immediate concern to your project plans, please get in touch.
  • Existing 19/20 funded projects
    If you have a current award with us for an ongoing project and are concerned about cancellation, please get in touch.
  • Talking to each other
    Members can access the closed Hub Facebook group and Slack group. You will need to fill in an updated membership form (if you haven’t already) in order to access this. If you can’t locate your Slack invitation, just let us know.
  • Closures
    If you have a moment to let us know whether you’re remaining open or closed during this time and for how long, this would help us with communications.

Government Guidance and Funds:

  • Welsh Government – A traffic light roadmap setting out how Wales could exit the coronavirus lockdown (May 2020) here,
  • Measures for freelancers and the self-employed here,
  • 2020 budget information here,
  • Advice for employers here,
  • Welsh Government have announced a support package for small businesses, which you can read about here with update on 1.1 billion funding available announced here.

BFI

  • New Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund set up,
  • BFI answer questions on Covid-19 from the screen sector here,
  • The BFI have set up an email address to field general enquiries from across the industry through covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk,
  • BFI advice and information here,
  • Message from CEO Ben Roberts here.

Partner updates and advice

  • Independent Cinema Office: Drive-in cinemas in post-lockdown UK (May 2020) here,
  • Film Hub NI: Drive-In Cinema – the answer to getting our film fix soon? (May 2020) here,
  • Arts council for Wales 
    Information for those working as artists, freelancers and in publicly funded cultural organisations here.
  • Film and TV Charity
    If you have individuals working with you who are suffering financial loss, or just need someone to talk to, there is a very helpful service from the Film and TV Charity.
  • Cinema For All 
    Covid-19 advice for Community Cinemas can be read here. Results of their volunteer-led cinema focus groups can be read here (June 2020).
  • UKCA
    The UKCA published safeguarding guidelines for the reopening of cinemas and safeguarding guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas (June, 2020) you can also check for regular updates and UKCA members can access HR advice.
  • Screen Skills 
    Updates and online learning here.
  • CICAE
    Useful advice for cinema operators here.

We will update you as soon as we have any new information and we are on hand to help if we can do anything to support you. Our utmost concern is that you are all well and that we can work together to keep cinemas, festivals and events running in the long term.

The Film Hub Wales team

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Message about Coronavirus to industry from BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts
COVID-19 presents us with an unprecedented challenge to our business. We are keenly aware that the wide ranging and damaging impact of the virus is being felt across the entire industry and at every possible level.

As the lead organisation for film, we will support our many industry colleagues during this fast moving and rapidly evolving situation, and we are in discussion with key partners, stakeholders and Government to urgently assess the scale of the short and longer term impact on business.

We are focused on ensuring the resilience of the industry and on tackling the huge range of short to mid-term financial, cultural and societal challenges – not least to the exhibition and freelance sectors who are likely to be hit hardest most immediately by the crisis.

The BFI is in constant communication with colleagues in Government and with other funders across the sector, to ensure we all fully understand the ramifications of the most critical issues, and help shape measures to address them.

We have an already established Screen Sector Taskforce which will be convening to coordinate our conversation with Government and discuss the potential mitigations. We also urge practitioners across the industry and cultural sector to contact us with their key concerns and have set up an email address as a centralised point for all enquires covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk to feed into our impact response recommendations.

As a funder, we will be as supportive and flexible as possible across existing funding arrangements, including the ability of those organisations and projects to meet contractual requirements.

As a production financier, we are obviously supporting our filmmakers with advice on a case by case basis. They are all different projects, each case is different and complex with completely different variables, so there isn’t one size fits all guidance, and we are advising them through these very particular challenges as best we can.

The BFI is working hard to support everyone across the sector during this extremely challenging time and we will update you with more news and information when we can.

Ben Roberts, Chief Executive, BFI

 

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Picturing Our Past: Celebrating Wales’s film heritage – six special screenings and a brand new app!
Picturing Our Past: Celebrating Wales’s film heritage – six special screenings and a brand new app!

“That fertile legacy from the past century” was how Dave Berry, Wales’s much-missed film historian referred to Welsh screen culture. It is now being honoured in a completely new way – with a series of film screenings throughout Wales to promote the publication of an innovative free-to-download app, Picturing Our Past/Fframio’n Gorffennol, which will tell the story of Welsh film and television by combining text and film inserts in one free product.

The screenings, organised by the National Library of Wales Screen and Sound Archive with the support of Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), will pair a film from the past with a more recent production. On 27 February, at the Phoenix Cinema, Ton Pentre, the 1937 documentary Today We Live (1937), with its famous shots of miners scrabbling on a coal tip, will be shown with the heart-warming, award-winning documentary Dark Horse (2015), about the celebrated racehorse bought and trained by a Cefn Fforest syndicate. Then on 5 March at Yr Egin, Carmarthen, composer John Rea’s powerful new film Atgyfodi will be paired with Tryweryn – the Story of a Valley (1965) – made by the pupils of Friars School, Bangor.

On 23 March the Coliseum Cinema, Brecon will be screening Coming Up Roses/Rhosyn a Rhith (1987), a gentle comedy that is a joyous celebration of cinema itself, portraying the plight of the much-loved Rex in Aberdare, together with Cinema Memories, a short film recording the reminiscences of Cwm Afan residents of movie-going and working in the cinema. The star of the main film, Dafydd Hywel, will join the audience for a Q+A at the end of this showing, and also at the later screening in Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh on 3 April, where it will be paired with the award-winning documentary short Dial-a-Ride. The tour will conclude on 29 May with the new bitter-sweet Welsh comedy Denmark at Sinema Sadwrn, Llansadwrn.

The app Picturing Our Past/Fframio’n Gorffennol, supported by the Books Council of Wales, brings Dave Berry’s pioneering book Wales and Cinema up-to-date and digital technology enables its authors, Colin Thomas and Iola Baines, to include extracts from key films from Wales’s cinematic past.

Iola Baines, Moving Image Curator at The National Library of Wales Screen and Sound Archive explains:

Our aim in launching this app is to introduce new audiences and enthusiasts to Wales’s rich film and cinema heritage – and we are proud to include living, breathing examples to illustrate this history, in the form of moving image extracts from each era. We hope that this enhanced e-book will inspire people to delve deeper into this fascinating history, unearthing the people and stories behind the films they discover – and perhaps being moved to add to the history by creating and filming their own stories!

Colin Thomas, a TV producer/director of who made the Welsh history series The Dragon Has Two Tongues and is three times winner of BAFTA Cymru’s Best Documentary and a Prix Europa, adds

It’s exciting to be able to honour the Welsh filmmaking tradition to which I have tried to make a contribution, and to enable a new generation to discover how rich that tradition is.

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of The National Library of Wales, said:

This new e-book is an exciting and innovative way of presenting the National Library’s rich audiovisual collection, offering users a fresh and contemporary pathway to engage with this inspiring heritage. Furthermore, the film tour promoting the e-book is an excellent way to take our collection of films ‘on the road’, reaching out to audiences in the four corners of Wales who may never before have experienced heritage film on the big screen, or made the connection between ‘the new and the old’ in terms of Welsh cinema.

Hana Lewis, Film Hub Wales’s Strategic Manager adds:

Picturing our Past fuses new screen technologies with Welsh heritage, taking an innovative approach to audience development for films with Welsh connections. This is a fantastic new resource and we’re delighted to support The National Library of Wales Screen and Sound Archive as they bring these important stories to cinemas across Wales.

The app will be officially launched in May with a special event in Cardiff.

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Wales One World Film Festival returns for 2020
Wales One World Film Festival returns for 2020

WOW Wales One World Film Festival returns to venues across Wales from March 7th. This will be WOW Film Festival’s 19th journey of discovery through the riches of world cinema, bringing an eclectic, inspiring and eye-opening view of our world to film fans around Wales.

As ever WOW brings to Wales the very best films that have won major awards at festivals worldwide, such as Bacurau (Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival), The Cave (nominated for Best Documentary Oscar), Retablo (nominated for Outstanding British Debut at BAFTA), The Painted Bird (UNICEF Award at Venice Film Festival), Talking About Trees (Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary at Berlin International Film Festival), Running to the Sky (FIPRESCI Prize at Busan International Film Festival), Balloon (Best Screenplay at Chicago International Film Festival) and Sister (New Director Award at San Sebastian Film Festival).

Ranging from the fun and accessible Abercon through to enlightening documentaries, powerful dramas and beautiful scenery, it’s as ever a pleasure to bring some of the best in world cinema to audiences across Wales. We’re especially pleased to be bringing the festival to Newport and Bangor for the first time,” said David Gillam, WOW Film Festival director.

The festival opens on March 7th, International Women’s Day, with a screening of Made in Bangladesh, Rubaiyat Hossain’s fictionalised account of a female sweatshop seamstress’ battle to improve conditions for herself and her colleagues. The film is presented by the festival’s regular Women’s Film Club, which includes a free creche and craft activities for children, as well as food after the screening. This also marks the first time that the main WOW programme visits The Riverfront. WOW will also travel for the first time to Pontio, Bangor.

WOW Film Festival continues to showcase the work of female filmmakers from around the world, with this year’s programme including the début film from Manele Labibi Arab Blues, starring acclaimed actress Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly, Paterson). Elsewhere in the programme Svetla Tsotsorkova’s latest film Sister offers a tense and emotionally-driven drama centred on a single mother and her two daughters. Critically-acclaimed German film System Crasher, featuring a phenomenal central performance by Helena Zengel as 9-year old Benni, a traumatised and difficult girl trapped in the foster system, screens at Aberystwyth, Bangor and Oswestry ahead of its nationwide release at the end of the month.

Some thematic links between films in this year’s programme include a series of films from the Silk Road, such as Running to the Sky, from Kyrgyzstan and by the same director as Heavenly Nomadic; and The Cave, a powerful and urgent documentary about the Syrian war through the experiences of a doctor in Ghouta. A strand of films which explores father-son relationships is also featured at the festival, including Pema Tseden’s Balloon, which sees a close-knit rural Tibetan family facing embarrassment and ethical dilemmas when a condom is found amongst the family’s belongings.

WOW Film Festival 2020 will see the return of AberCon – for a second year, this comic-con style anime event is being hosted by the festival at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Sat, March 21st). This ground-breaking initiative is a partnership with Mencap Ceredigion, a grass-roots group who support people with learning disabilities, autism and brain injury. Animation is a brilliant way for autistic adults and children to improve communication skills, and over the course of the winter WOW Film Festival has been working with a group of Mencap Ceredigion members to create their own animations. AberCon will showcase their work alongside relaxed, accessible screenings of stunning animated films, including the Studio Ghibli classic, Pom Poko.

We’re immensely proud of this year’s programme and that we’re continuing our partnership with Mencap Ceredigion on AberCon,” said Rhowan Alleyne, WOW Programmer and co-ordinator of AberCon. “By bringing this type of event to a rural location we’re able to showcase films to an appreciative audience and help the local community put on a fun and inclusive event.”

Bringing films from Kyrgyzstan, France, Japan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Hungary, Syria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Colombia, Brazil, and others, WOW Film Festival opens at The Riverfront, Newport on March 7th, and travels to Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Pontio, Bangor; Mwldan, Cardigan; The Riverfront, Newport; Kinokulture, Oswestry and Taliesin, Swansea.

See www.wowfilmfestival.com for details of the full programme.

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Make your independent cinema a destination for Student Art Pass members with tickets for £5 or less!

To raise the profile of the existing youth ticketing schemes at FAN member venues we’ve developed a new partnership with the Art Fund’s Student Art Pass which aims to give independent cinemas in the UK some additional profile.

COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITY

If you have a ticket offer of £5 or less for 16-25 year olds (or if your general ticket offer is £5 or less) they’d like to profile your cinema and offer to their student membership. The partnership will run for a year from the 25th February and will continue if successful. All we need to add your cinema to their offer is details about your venue, your ticket prices and a lovely image! Venues will be added on a rolling basis over the year but the more we have on board by the 25th February the better.

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Cardiff Animation Festival announces His Dark Materials, Bob’s Burgers, Moominvalley and more!

Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 will run from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th April at Chapter, an independent arts hub and cinema space in Cardiff. Cardiff Animation Festival passes are on sale now, with a limited number of reduced-price Early Bird passes available at cardiffanimation.com/2020-passes

Cardiff Animation Festival has added further announcements to their April lineup, including masterclasses and Q+As with key talent behind His Dark Materials, Bob’s Burgers, Moominvalley and The Rubbish World of Dave Spud

The four-day celebration of animation for everyone will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world for adults, families and filmmakers.

Audiences will get a chance to step into the many worlds of His Dark Materials, and learn how the show’s many creatures were animated. Produced in Cardiff, the hit television show produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Productions for BBC One and HBO, based on the novels by Philip Pullman and starring Lin Manuel Miranda launched to 7.2 million viewers in November, making it the most-watched new British show on any channel in five years. Brian Fisher and Eliot Gibbins, the show’s heads of Creature Effects, will take Cardiff Animation Festival audiences behind the scenes, showing how traditional puppetry, cutting-edge VFX and a sprinkling of Dust combined to bring daemons and armoured bears to life.

Cardiff Animation Festival’s 2020 theme is “green”, and as part of an exploration into how to make the festival more green, this year’s programme will feature a virtual guest. Welsh animator Simon Chong will join the festival via video link from LA, where he now lives and works as a Director on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers after his fan-made Bob’s Burgers and Archer crossover animation got him noticed by show creator Loren Bouchard and landed him a job on one of the most-loved animated series on television around the world. Simon will give an insight into his unconventional career, and what it’s really like to work on your favourite show.

On Sunday 5th April, festival-goers will be invited to step into the magical Moominvalley, with a rare chance to see episodes of the animated show starring Matt Berry and Rosamund Pike on the big screen. A Q&A with Episode Director Avgousta Zoureldi will give audiences of all ages a chance to learn more about the making of Gutsy Animations’ beautiful TV adaptation of writer-illustrator Tove Jansson’s classic stories about the Moomins.

Ed Foster, creator of Illuminated Films’ hit animated CITV comedy The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, will tell the story of his 16 year journey from student film to directing his own series, and the origins of underdog, unlikely hero and unwitting creator of chaos Dave Spud and his family. With a voice cast featuring Gina Yashere and Johnny Vegas, and animation by Cardiff’s Cloth Cat Animation, the show’s ratings have been far from rubbish since its launch in September.

Following her recent Skwigly article responding to new statistics on inclusion and diversity in the UK’s VFX and animation sectors, animation art director and illustrator Tanya J Scott will chair a discussion on inclusion in the animation industry, with a panel of animation and VFX creatives discussing how we work towards a fairer and more diverse workplace.

Events in partnership with ScreenSkills will give new and emerging talent a chance to network and learn from established professionals across the animation industry. Young audiences will get to meet and learn from animators and sound designers with a schools programme in partnership with Into Film. Cardiff’s long-running Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival will bring a selection of some of their favourite Iris Prize-nominated animated shorts to Cardiff Animation Festival.

The festival will screen its selection of 118 animated short films in competition across seven themed programmes for adult audiences and two for children. Themed programmes will focus on mental health, neurodiversity, our relationship with our environment, and will feature animated comedy, documentaries and experimental animation, including many of this year’s Oscar- and BAFTA-nominees. Maryam Mohajer, winner of this year’s Animated Short BAFTA with her film Grandad Was A Romantic, which is also screening in competition, will share insight into her work with a talk hosted in collaboration with Creative Mornings Cardiff on Friday 2nd April.

Rounding off a day of short films, education, careers and industry events on Thursday 2nd April, the festival will celebrate its launch with Cardiff Animation Nights. Run by the CAF team since 2014, Cardiff Animation Nights brings some of the best animated short films from around the world to Kongs in Cardiff City Centre for free every two months. This month’s Cardiff Animation Nights event saw record audience numbers, with 230 people coming together to enjoy independent animated short films.

Cardiff Animation Festival 2020 is funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales, as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and sponsored by Cloth Cat Animation, Picl Animation, the University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

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Film Hub Wales to champion Welsh Film through new Made in Wales projects

Film Hub Wales (FHW), led by Chapter as part of the BFI Film Audience Network, has announced two pioneering new projects that will champion Welsh storytelling across Wales, the UK and internationally.

Supported by Creative Wales and developed in consultation with Welsh screen organisations, an exciting new role will be created for a Made in Wales Officer. Building on the work of FHW to date, the post holder will explore ways of bringing Welsh film to public audiences, ensuring that regional stories, talent and locations are at the forefront. Details of the post can be found on Film Hub Wales’ website.

Also underway, is a piece of research into the potential of Made in Wales as a recognisable brand. Funded by Clwstwr, the project will explore the possible cultural and economic impact of a national brand for films with Welsh connections.

Read the full press release here

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VACANCY: Made in Wales Officer 2020 (CLOSED)
  • Made in Wales Officer (part time) – 32 hours per week
  • 12 month fixed term contract
  • Salary scale: £25,399 pro-rata

Film Hub Wales (FHW) aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Along with its independent member venues, FHW regularly develops inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema. 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. The aim is to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, it’s supported over 225 exciting cinema projects, reaching over 422,000 audience members.

Purpose of the Role
To develop audience and industry awareness of films with Welsh connections. The post holder will work with the screen sector in Wales to develop new and sustainable audiences for Welsh film, exploring film performance data, marketing techniques and events which add value to the film’s release. This role is supported by funding from Welsh Government.

  • Application forms and job description available to download below or contact apply@chapter.org
  • Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 2nd March
  • Interviews to be held: Friday 6th March

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Film4 boards Iris Prize Best British Short as sponsor & submissions open for 2020

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Iris Prize Festival, with a total prize fund of £50,000 at the Cardiff based festival

Organisers of Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have today (28 January 2020) announced details of a new three-year sponsorship agreement with British producer/broadcaster Film4. The agreement will see Film4 acquire broadcast and streaming rights to each of the 15 British LGBT+ short films shortlisted for the newly rebranded ‘Iris Prize Best British Short Supported by Film4’.

See the tabs below to find out more about the Iris Prize and how to submit your film.

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:

“This is a pivotal moment in the development of the Iris Prize. This relationship with Film4 will allow Iris to achieve our main aim which is to increase audiences for LGBT+ stories. As the premier film channel in the UK, with a strong track record for supporting diverse British film making, this is the perfect partner for Iris. We are so excited!”

Tim Highsted, Senior Editor, Acquired Feature Films for Film4, commented:

“The Iris Prize, with its focus on diversity, inclusion and new voices, and its setting in Cardiff, is a perfect fit for Film4. Short form content is a critical proving ground for rising talent, but with new platforms allowing for a wider range of voices to be heard, it’s also increasingly a draw for viewers. We can’t wait to see this year’s shortlisted films and look forward to giving those filmmakers a chance to reach a nationwide audience through Film4 on All 4.”

Berwyn Rowlands, Founder Iris Prize, commented:

“This is always an exciting period for us at Iris HQ as we open submissions and wonder which filmmakers will take home this year’s prize fund of £50,000 to invest in new LGBT+ film talent. Thanks to the generous support of The Michael Bishop Foundation, the Iris Prize continues to be the largest and only LGBT+ short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film.”

“Thanks also to Pinewood Studios Group we are able to support our British film makers directly with a prize valued at £20,000 for sound post production on their next short film project.”

“And now in 2020 we are also able to help British filmmakers reach a huge audience thanks to our new sponsorship agreement with Film4.”

“Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what filmmakers need – funding, support, guidance and a new audience for their work.”

Russell T Davies, presenting the 2019 Iris Prize commented:

“I think the world is becoming a much more scary place. It’s becoming the sort of world where we have to fight for our rights. I thought all that was over 10 years ago. It turns out there was just a little lull, and now we need to defend ourselves and speak for our rights more than ever. What better place to do that than at a film festival where we all come together – different types of people, different types of ‘otherness’ and queerness, sexualities and identities. All together in one place, raising our voices. It’s brilliant.”

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, Film4, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, BBC Cymru Wales, For Cardiff, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect, University of South Wales, Ministry of Sound and Cineworld.

The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.

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FHW Launches into Outer Space!

At Abertoir Corp’s 2019 edition of the festival, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Alien and their sci-fi theme, Abertoir attempted something literally out of this world…Abertoir, IN SPACE!

Teaming up with one of the writers of Alien, Ron Shusett, they recorded a very special introduction to the screening of the iconic film.

Before the festival, Ron’s video was loaded onto a computer attached to a special balloon capable of travelling to the edges of space. There, a mounted camera recorded Ron’s introduction playing back against the backdrop of our planet. The resulting footage was screened before the 40th anniversary screening of Alien on the closing day of the festival.

As a special thanks, Abertoir included Film Hub Wales, BFI Fan, the Institute of Physics, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Ffilm Cymru in the launch!

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

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

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

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

Both films have received funding from Ffilm Cymru Wales.

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

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

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

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

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

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