As an organisation that aims to bring the best of independent and international cinema to marginalised communities in South Wales, it’s vital we attend film festivals to refresh and update our programmes with content that is new, exciting and accessible to our audiences, many of whom speak English as a second language and require films that are heavily visual. We were able to access interesting, non-fiction content, from around the world, which we would not usually have the time or resources to do.
As our audiences grow at the WOW Film Club, and we attract more people from different backgrounds, it’s great to have access to content which represents them and their heritage. The festival was a great way to do this, and we came away with a number of titles that we’re really excited about showing in Cardiff and Swansea. In particular a series of documentaries that we know will appeal to our Asian audiences, vital for us given there is more limited content available in the UK.
We were also alble to make good connections with the respective producers and directors. In this regard, attending a film festival meant that we are able to network and build new connections with filmmakers, film organisations and similar projects in a much easier manner than, for example, having to search endlessly through the internet to find respective contact details. This was also valuable because we are now able to invite fresh, new voices to our panels and discussions, and have already started to make links with film makers we are intending to invite to Wales.