Cidwm Cymru/Wicked Wales is a new international youth film festival in Wales. One of the key objectives of the festival is to develop and strengthen partnerships internationally. These new partnerships will be the key to creating new collaborative projects, exchange programmes and creating an international platform for young filmmakers in Wales with other countries and festivals in the future.
The objectives are in line with recent Youth Festivals in Wales research, which was commissioned by Film Hub Wales and carried out by Dan Thomas from Film Culture. This research identified gaps in youth film festival provision, particularly in the areas of international engagement for young and emerging filmmakers in Wales.
The visit to Tromso in Norway which WAI and FHW helped to finance was to enable face-to-face discussions to take place about the structure, programming and delivery of the Nordic Youth Film Festival NUFF and help strengthen the links with Hermann Greuel and his festival team.
Hermann was one of the driving forces to set up the Youth Cinema Network YCN, which Wicked Wales is a member of, acknowledging the need that youth film festivals would be stronger working in partnership. He is an experienced Festival Director running one of the most established youth film festivals in Europe. The festival has a strong and successful training programme, which we wanted to experience first hand.
The festival has established links with European countries and many other countries over a number of years. The visit was an opportunity to make new connections with Syria, Palestine, Gaza and United Arab Emirates
The visit also put us in touch with the organisers of the Tromso International Film Festival, which provided the opportunity to discuss how the two festivals relate to each other and provide a pathway for young film makers from NUFF progressing to the Tromso International Film Festival TIFF. This was particularly useful as it is our intention to look at how Wicked can develop links with the film industry and make those connections for the festival in 2017.