What’s on in 2018: Inclusive Film Screenings Announced Across Wales



Film Hub Wales (FHW), with Chapter as Hub Lead Organisation, are set to bring more fantastic films, to more people, in more places across Wales this year, through a series of new projects delivered by Welsh cinemas and film festivals.
Working in partnership with exhibitors across the nation, events will range from celebrations of inspirational BAME filmmakers, to a new diversity and inclusion festival in North Wales.
The FHW audience development programme is designed to support innovative and adventurous cultural film programming Wales-wide, enabling exhibitors to make bold choices, bringing the very best British and international films to all audiences,
Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager or Film Hub Wales explains:
“Audience needs are changing and cinemas respond by evolving and innovating. Thanks to our enthusiastic, experienced, network of exhibitors in Wales, we are able to launch an eclectic programme of film screenings and events Wales wide throughout 2018, with more to come. We hope all audiences will find something that appeals to them. Whether this means cinema on the doorstep of rural communities, young audiences visiting the cinema for the first time, or access to films that represent us on screen.”
The projects are the first to be announced in Wales as part of the new BFI 2022 strategy, thanks to funding from the National Lottery for eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK.
2018 Projects
Cinema Golau (Various Venues, Cardiff)
Cinema Golau is a new platform in 2018 for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) independent filmmakers in Wales to access creative opportunities,  as well as serving to shed more light on international black independent films by screening in cinemas and local venues.
From Black Panther to Welsh BAME animated shorts, Cinema Golau will be screening independent films over the course of six months that celebrate BAME talent, (one screening per month) and inspire audiences. More details on screenings to be announced.
Gentle/Radical – Generation Hope (Various Venues, Cardiff)
Formed in 2017, Gentle/Radical is a grassroots cultural organisation and platform for radical thinking, creative practice and social change.
Their latest project is Generation Hope. With support of Film Hub Wales, they will offer 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. More details on screenings to be announced.
Sinemaes (The National Eisteddfod, Cardiff)
Launched in 2016, Sinemaes is the cinema tent at The National Eisteddfod, which screens a  full programme of Welsh-language films, special events and archive. It is led by a collective of partners in Wales, including Film Hub Wales, Chapter, BAFTA Cymru, Into Film, Ffilm Cymru Wales, The Royal Television Society, Wales Screen, BFI NET.WORK, ITV Cymru Wales, S4C and TAC.
Film Hub Wales will work with the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales to present three special Britain on Film packages, celebrating over 100 years of Urban, Coastal and Rural Wales on film. The archive packages are edited and curated with music, thank to the support of Gorilla. Find out more at https://filmhubwales.org/projects/category/archive-projects. We’ll also offer two interactive screenings of Jerry the Troublesome Tyke (1925-27), presented by Arad Goch Theatre with a sound workshop.
Alternative Film Season (Pontio, Bangor)
Launched in 2015, Bangor University’s new arts and innovation centre Pontio promotes learning and research, and fosters innovation. It is a cultural beacon for Wales and the Welsh language.
With support from Film Hub Wales, the venue has planned four film events: A selection of LGBT titles as part of LGBT History Month, a collection of Ingmar Bergman classics as part of the BFI’s celebration of the director, Mai 68, a programme of films intended to represent the revolutionary spirit of 1968, and a range of working class titles in collaboration with students. Each of these events offers something extra special from Q&As to introductions, discussions, workshops and programme notes.
PSYLENCE (Pontio, Bangor)
Returning for a second year, PSYLENCE is a three day event that celebrates cinema’s unique ability to fuse music and image to create magic.
Film Hub Wales supports the event, which uses image and sound in innovative ways and also turns the cinema into an active performance space for specially invited guests and artists. Performance is complemented by discussion, engagement and participation with local and national groups (of all ages and social and cultural backgrounds). The festival is set to take place Oct-Nov 2018.
For social links see above.
Abertoir-The International Horror Festival Of Wales (Various Venues, Aberystwyth)
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.
Film Hub Wales will be supporting the event, as part of their new Film Festival Strategy, which will feature talks, guests, film with live commentary, educational presentations, Q&As with filmmakers, discussions, classic screenings and a selection of the best newest films from major film festivals worldwide – all screening in Wales for the very first time. Abertoir Festival will take place between the November 13-18.
Off Y Grid (Galeri, Caernarfon; Pontio, Bangor; Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech; CELLB, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Neuadd Dwyfor in Pwllheli, Dragon Theatre in Barmouth, TAPE in Old Colwyn, Neuadd Buddug, Bala; Occasional Cinema, Bangor and New Dot Cinema, Llangollen)
Now in its third year, Off Y Grid is a multicultural and inclusive project, celebrating cinema culture across North Wales. A network of 10 venues from Pwllheli to Llangollen are working together to bring a diverse selection of independent films and events to rural audiences.
With support of Film Hub Wales, Off Y Grid’s 2018 activity includes a new outreach programme off-site with pop-up screenings, an inclusion film festival (in partnership with the Coastline Film Festival, led by TAPE) and year-round celebrations of Welsh language, heritage and culture, including Year of Coast and Sea. “Get involved, get Off the Grid”. For a full list of films see social media.
Watch Africa – Various Venues North & South Wales
Watch Africa is a Wales-wide festival which celebrates African cinema. Last year the festival featured a special screening of I Am Not A Witch and a Q&A with it’s writer and director Rungano Nyoni.
Watch Africa will pilot it’s first ever film club. Six events are set to take place in South and North Wales. It will gather an informal community of people interested in watching, exploring and getting involved in African film. Audiences will be also able to enjoy the annual festival in October, sharing their feedback on the future running of the film club.
WOW Festival – Various Venues Across Wales
Now in it’s 17th year, WOW is an inclusive festival that has been bringing new, diverse and young audiences to partner cinemas to see a wide range of films that would not otherwise be seen by audiences in Wales. Working with 12 venues in 2017, of all shapes, sizes and locations, they offered a range of eclectic events including young ambassador training. The festival will return in 2019.