New cinematic experiences for Welsh audiences

Ffilm Cymru has invested over £79,000 of National Lottery funding into seven projects offering exciting and inspiring cinematic experiences to people across Wales.

As part of their commitment to developing and sustaining a strong film industry for Wales, Ffilm Cymru provides funding and advice to cinemas, film festivals and pop-up community screenings through their Audience Access fund.

Introducing the new investments for 2019-20, Audience & Education Manager Nicola Munday says: “Developing audiences is at the heart of our ambition to sustain a strong film sector in Wales. We received an impressively high standard of applications, and it was inspiring to see a dedication to inclusion and innovation across the sector. I’m thrilled to be working across such an exciting portfolio of film exhibitors, and looking forward to receiving the next round of applications in October.”

In this year’s first round of Audience Access, Ffilm Cymru awarded funding to four film festivals bringing a diverse variety of international and independent films to Wales.  

Abertoir, the International Horror Festival of Wales, will scare up the finest horror films from across the globe and also treat audiences to live performances, insightful talks, and even a fiendishly difficult pub quiz. Taking place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 19th -24th November, this year’s festival features a sci-fi theme, and passes are available to buy now from the Aberystwyth Arts Centre box office.

Also taking place in Aberystwyth, as well as Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre, is the Kotatsu Festival of Japanese Animation. Bringing the immersive and imaginative world of Japanese animation to Wales, Kotatsu will also use their funding award to build new marketing strategies and partnerships. This year’s festival will take place in Cardiff on 4th – 6th October, and Aberystwyth on 19th – 20th October.

Ffilm Cymru are proud to provide continued support for the Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff’s annual celebration of international LGBT+ film. 32 short films from 19 countries will compete for the world’s largest short film prize at this year’s festival, which takes place in Cardiff from 8th – 13th October. Ffilm Cymru’s funding will allow the Iris Prize to develop new provisions for audience members with disabilities and economic difficulties.

The Wales One World Film Festival will continue to bring the best in world cinema to venues and community cinemas across Wales, including Aberystwyth, Swansea, Oswestry, Cardigan, Fishguard, and two new locations in Newport and Bangor. Next year’s festival will build upon WOW’s outreach work through their Women’s Film Club and the Aberconimation education project with Mencap Ceredigion to increase access through pop-up events.

Ffilm Cymru also awarded Audience Access funding to three cinemas in north Wales. Theatr Clwyd in Mold aims to create a safe space for older people, provide family-friendly screenings and activities, and develop a cinema programme that crosses over with the centre’s wider arts provision.

Theatr Colwyn’s award will support three new audience development strands, including outreach for dementia friendly screenings with performances from Welsh National Opera, as well as hosting a new festival celebrating Welsh film in partnership with production company Mad as Birds Films (Set Fire to the Stars, Six Minutes to Midnight).

Run by young people from the local community, Rhyl’s Wicked Wales Festival showcases young talent from around the world and continues to build partnerships with international festivals and local communities alike. Wicked Cinema also produces a year-round community cinema for audiences in Rhyl and has just been shortlisted in the Best Community Cinema category at this year’s Cinema For All awards.

The next application deadline for Audience Access funding is 18th October. If you’re looking to offer exciting cinematic experiences at arts centres, film festivals or pop-up screenings in community spaces in Wales, find out more about how Ffilm Cymru’s Audience Access funding can help here.