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Call For Submissions – Open City Documentary 2020

Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2020 are now open.

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

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

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

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

Earlybird Deadline: December 20th 2019

Submissions via FilmFreeway

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Solomon and Gaenor is Back on the Big Screen!

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

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

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

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

Find out how to book the film here.

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BAFTA’S For The Love Of Film Competition 2019

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

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

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

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

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

The Prize:

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

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

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

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

Nominate Your Local Film Heroes Here

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

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

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

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

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

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Arts Council for Wales: New Guidelines Published

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

Read the new strategy in full here. 

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

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

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

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

For more information about the scheme, click here.

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

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Full Programme Announced for This Way Up 2019

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

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

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

Apply for a bursary to help support with costs here


View the full programme

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Join Our Facebook Group

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

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

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Made in Wales Brief for External Consultancy (CLOSED)


Through our ‘Made in Wales’ strand, Film Hub Wales (FHW) celebrates Welsh stories on screen. Our ambition is for Welsh film to stand regularly alongside quality independent and foreign language titles worldwide.

The Brief

FHW are seeking external consultants to research and develop the idea of a Made in Wales brand, for films with Welsh connections. Building on the work of FHW to date and with the support of over 25 industry partners (including BAFTA Cymru, Into Film and Ffilm Cymru Wales), our aim is to explore how we might increase awareness of Welsh screen content and deliver this message to digital generations.

This scoping work, which is supported by Clwstwr Creadigol via Cardiff University, might include:

  1. Learning from other UK and international models of delivery,
  2. Exploring the idea of Welsh identity, how we tell stories and how this might be harnessed to reach audiences,
  3. Looking at data gaps, trends and case studies to explore how we might use data to reach audiences.

Closing deadline for applications: Friday 15th November 2019

Organisations may be invited to discuss in person.

Queries should be addressed to or 02920 353740.


Read the brief in full

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Into Film Young Reviewer, Cai, Reviews Showdown
Into Film Young Reviewer, Cai attends the premiere of Showdown at Cinema & Co., Swansea and lets us know his thoughts.

Cai says – ‘Showdown tells the story of Sam, a young autistic boy, with a passion for Western films, who must decide whether to stand down or stay his ground when a showdown presents itself. To demonstrate the main character’s autism, the sound is used perfectly and practically to signal when Sam is experiencing sensory overload, with the shaky camera adding to this depiction of his autism. The camera is also used well by the filmmakers to emphasise Sam’s isolation through far away wide shots that distance him from the viewer. I was impressed by the way in which the film uses a handheld camera, adding to the film’s sense of realism.  The film’s close-up shots aid in immersing the audience in the story of the film by giving us the best view of the subtleties of the actors’ performances. 

The film’s focus on an autistic character is a refreshing perspective that is brought to life by the young actor, Charlie Lock. His performance is incredible, he captures an autistic character through no dialogue, relying only on facial expressions. Another performance that shines is Sam’s Dad, who captures the parental perspective on autism; ranging from frustration to acceptance. These performances enhance the sweet story, that appeals to both young and older audiences. Younger audiences can connect with Sam’s perspective, whilst older audiences will connect with Sam’s parents.

Showdown is set in the small Welsh town of Bedlinog, a setting which perfectly demonstrates the idyllic aspect of the Welsh countryside. I also love the emotionally raw aspect of the story, as the town is very close to the writer’s heart, having grown up there. Bedlinog also fits the film’s western colour palette and aids in enhancing the film’s western iconography.

One of my favourite aspects of the film was it’s ‘proud to be indie’ feel, it all felt very homegrown. My only critique of Showdown was the pace of the editing which really makes the film go by all too fast leaving me desiring more.’

To find out more about the film and how to book, click here.
Find out more about the Into Film Young Reporter Programme.

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Beth sydd yn digwydd yn 2019: Rhwydweithiau a Gwyliau Cymreig Newydd yn Creu Cyfleoedd i Gynulleidfaoedd Ffilm yng Nghymru

Mae Canolfan Ffilm Cymru, dan arweiniad Chapter a rhan o Rwydwaith Cynulleidfa Ffilm BFI, wedi cyhoeddi cefnogaeth i 10 prosiect newydd. Diolch i gyllid y Loteri Cenedlaethol fe fyddan nhw yn cyflwyno rhagor o ffilmiau, i ragor o bobl, mewn rhagor o sinemau a gwyliau ffilm ar draws Cymru.

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

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

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