ORGANISATION: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Abertoir is the only international genre film festival in Wales and is committed to providing an educational, diverse and exciting event that has now become known worldwide.
Six days of talks, guests, film with live commentary, educational presentations, Q&As with filmmakers, specially written articles, discussions, classic screenings and a selection of the newest films from major film festivals worldwide – all screening in Wales for the very first time.
As FHLO Chapter’s ojectives include: offering support to members of the network through the curation of sharable seasons such as ‘Anim18’. Commiting to the development of the hub membership through new partnership working, the cinema team sharing expertise with partners in the sector, offering learnings from the core programme at Chapter which help to develop a more confident membership. The development of a influential and significant programme of year-round British and independent cinema that sets a standard for members to relate to. Hosting of industry events, such as UCKA, Welsh film events and core festivals with regular offers to members to attend. A strategic, developed team centrally that will be able to respond to opportunities as the FHLO, such as blockbusters, Into Film partnerships and UK tours. Sharing a message nationally (across Wales and the UK where possible) as an advocate for FHW and FAN, attending key meetings, liaising with stakeholders and generating new funding/policy discussions.
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PROJECT: Cultural Leadership
PROJECT: Off Y Grid
Now in it’s third year, this is a multi-cultural and inclusive project, where a network of 8 venues in North Wales work together to engage a rural audience in a diverse selection of independent films.
2018 activity included a new outreach programme off-site, an inclusion film festival (working primarily with TAPE), and Welsh language and Year of Coast and Sea seasons.
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PROJECT: Vale Venues
ORGANISATION: Barn At West Farm, Colwinston Community Cinema, Cowbridge Big Screen, Dinas Powys Community Cinema, Llancarfan Community Cinema, Memo Arts Centre, Peterston Village Hall, Snowcat Cinema At Penarth Pier Pavilion, St Donats Arts Centre, Sully Community Cinema, Ystradowen Community & Sports Association
The network aims to generate greater awareness of each venue’s programme, particularly for rural and community audiences that might not otherwise visit their spaces to watch film. The Vale Venues Coordinator will start with series of ice-breaker projects in 2018, that would provide participating venues with the opportunity to establish workable models.
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PROJECT: Cinema Golau
ORGANISATION: The New Black Film Collective
This is a new project, which plans to screen six monthly film screenings at various locations around South Wales.
Aimed to inspire audiences and support emerging and aspiring young filmmakers, with aims to improve opportunity for training and networking, whilst also reaching Black and NBPOC audiences.
PROJECT: Generation Hope
ORGANISATION: Gentle/Radical, Cardiff
Gentle/Radical will showcase a series of 10 inclusive screenings catering to diverse communities, drawing on the power of film to bring the issues of our times into democratised, grassroots viewing spaces.
Linking film to accessible formats – from a people’s symposium to an intergenerational film and cooking event – these film events will be accompanied by post-screening discussion, workshops or speaker panels, helping us explore, confront and use the power of film and storytelling to decolonise the realities that lie before us.
ORGANISATION: Watch Africa
A pilot project, the Wales Africa Film Club is an informal community of people interested in watching, exploring and getting involved in African film.
The plan is for six events in South and North Wales. Following the pilot, the festival will launch and act as a basis for further activity.
ORGANISATION: Pontio, Bangor
The venue have planned four film events between February and May 2018 that improve access for priority groups such as, LGBTQIA+, Black and NBPOC, old age groups, low socio-economic, rural and underserved, isolated groups and minority languages.
Their will be added value content/materials provided for each screening, such as Q&As, introductions, discussions, workshops and programme notes, and a dedicated team of individuals to gather audience feedback/responses at each event.
ORANISATION: Pontardawe Arts Centre
Pontardawe Arts Centre and the children’s cancer charity LATCH have teamed up to provide free screenings for families, to support children living with cancer.
Two rounds of events are set to take place in summer and winter, offering an exclusive opportunity for families to catch-up and take a break with a day out to the cinema.
PROJECT: LATCH Screenings
ORGANISATION: Dragon Theatre/Theatr Y Ddraig
Dragon Theatre/Theatr Y Ddraig are running seven special screenings and events from August 2018 – March 2019, bringing the best of British and international new independent releases, cult films and live screenings, to Barmouth.
The venue will collaborate with new partners, using the arts as a platform to respond to the needs of the community. Screenings will be promoted by newly trained staff, as part of a wider year-round cross arts initiative with Gwynedd Council. A new YouTube channel and online reviews will support with promotion of events to the mainstream audience.
ORGANISATION: WOW Wales One World Film Festival
Wales One World Film Festival (WOW) are extending their work across Wales through a series of international film events for local audiences in West Wales, designed to bring rural audiences together and grow new audiences for the WOW Film Festival.
Special discussions and workshops aim to tackle isolation, foster common understanding, social cohesion, debate and to inspire sustainable communities.
ORGANISATION: The National Library of Wales and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (NSSAW)
The National Library of Wales and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (NSSAW) are set to work with Welsh care homes, hospitals, community spaces and independent film venues to open up Wales’ screen heritage to intergenerational audiences.
This includes older audiences and those living with dementia utilising the potential of the graphic and audio-visual collections to unlock memories and facilitate reminiscence therapy.
ORGANISATION: Wicked Wales
Working with young people across Rhyl, Wicked Wales is run by and for young people in the community. They are developing a range of activities from film clubs, to a summer film camp to build the skills of upcoming programmers.
They will also work with Tir Morfa, a local school for children with additional needs, where the enterprise group ReACTions will programme and market the film.
The annual Wicked Wales Festival is set to take place on September 14-21. In the run up to the festival the organisation will screen short films at participating schools, to enable youth led film reviews.
ORGANISATION: Cell B
Cell B are experimenting with a new programming and finance model that they feel better reflects the needs of a small rural community.
They plan to screen a selection of independent films and sell advertising time to local businesses – basically going back to a 1950’s, pre-globalisation model.
The plan is a contination of the project they started in 2017 but were unable to finish due to temporary closure due to strutual damage caused by weather damage.
The films will target families with children aged 2-12, matinees for young audiences in collaboration with their young programmers project and older people co-working with Age Cymru.
PROJECT: Wales On Film
ORGANISATION: The National Library of Wales and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (NSSAW) and Dr. Alex Southern.
This project celebrates Welsh national heritage, regional archive collections, archive for all ages including young audiences and a legacy for Britain On Film material.
The NSSAW worked with Dr. Alex Southern to create a Wales specific programme of 5 x themed archive packages suitable for Foundation Phase to Key Stage 4 with related resources for teachers and a handout for exhibitors. The films are available as a separate DVD pack which can be ordered from email@example.com (see resource for more details).
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ORGANISATION: Neuadd Ogwen
This is a two-part project which extends what Neuadd Ogwen offer our community. They will be working with a team of young people from the local secondary school Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen to choose, promote and host a film.
They will be doing research with their piers of which available film they would like to see at the monthly showing. The showings will be open to the general public with a firm focus on attracting young people from the local secondary school.
The second part of the project also involves a monthly film showing. The focus will be on world film and welsh language film with an added value. This added interest may be a film showing that’s linked to a musical or cultural performance like our local choir Côr y Penrhyn singing after a film about a choir from Norway called Heftig og Begeistret or by inviting a guest speaker to discuss the film or an element of it’s content.
PROJECT: Galeri Community Programmers
ORGANISATION: Galeri Caernarfon
This is a new project for Galeri where 20-30-year-olds are offered the opportunity to take part in the Community Programmers project.
These sessions/ workshops will offer the opportunity for individuals to programme films for Galeri and will be encouraged to look at specialist/ archived/ Welsh language films.
A tutor will help them with research and sourcing films. Galeri staff will also help with booking, marketing and ticketing the screenings.
ORGANISATION: New Dot Cinema
New Dot Cinema have seven planned screenings of British and foreign independent film, and plan to explore new options in marketing, audience development and evaluation. Screenings include: The Breadwinner, Blackkklansman, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Wife, This Is Spinal Tap, and Cold War.
ORGANISATION: Tape Community Music & Film
Upcoming Inclusion Film Festival set to take place in April.
ORGANISATION: Magic Lantern
A series of the shorts from Women Over Fifty Film Festival, screened alongside features, as well a special event on March 9, 2019, where they will be screening the ‘Best of WOFF’ package, followed by a Q&A with WOFFF’s Nuala and Welsh directors Jean Napier and Annie Grove White.
ORGANISATION: Pontio, Bangor
PSYLENCE is a three day event that is a celebration of cinema’s unique ability to fuse music and image and sound to create magic.
Events use image and sound in innovative ways and also turn the cinema into an active performance space for our specially invited artists. Performance is complemented by discussion, engagement and wide participating with outside outside local and national groups.
ORGANISATION: Wales International Documentary Festival (WIDF)
WIDF will celebrate British and international documentary film by making a database of WIDF winners and shorts available to venues across Wales for booking. Circa10 screenings will take place across Wales with promotional materials and Q&As with film makers where available.