Rural Community Cinema

Every year, Film Hub Wales teams with Flicks in the Sticks and Moviola to offer special sessions for rural community cinemas at Borderlines - Hay Festival of British Cinema. These events allow rural community cinemas from across Wales to network and share tips, ideas and experiences.


26th February 2017 - Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, Hay-on-Wye

The next Rural Community Cinema event will be held on Sunday 26th February. You can book your place on our Eventbrite page now. Here is what to expect from this year's event:


Marketing and social media for rural community cinemas - An interactive marketing session led by Rachael Castell, with easy-to-follow advice from fellow exhibitors in Wales (Off Y Grid).

Engaging with the voluntary sector and young audiences - TBC

Community cinema and film society catch up - An opportunity for exhibitors to discuss issues facing the sector and create actionable solutions

Further event details will be announced, including a full schedule for the day.



13th March 2016 - Parish Hall, Hay-on-Wye


Getting the best out of your sound equipment and acoustics - A common challenge for community exhibitors and film societies, this session offered practical advice from Glen Manby (Chapter, Cardiff), Stephen Nottingham (Dinas Powys Community Cinema) and Roger Castles (Flicks in the Sticks, Knighton).

What matters most to rural film exhibitors in Wales? - A group discussion looking at what challenges face rural community cinemas, what support is currently offered, what support is needed and how a rural network might help.


“We thoroughly enjoyed the session with FHW in Hay yesterday – very worthwhile.  As well as all the boring techie stuff it was good to meet other like-minded souls (…) I think we all went away at the end of the session feeling quite buoyant and that we’d made some good contacts and learned something.”

“I really enjoyed Sunday, thanks. In fact, the sound session was by far the most useful and engaging community cinema event I've ever attended. And it was good to chat with others over lunch.”

“Really enjoyed the event at Hay on Wye. We both found it most useful and certainly learnt even more about Movies.”

“It was great to meet other people and hear some of their up's and down's of running their cinemas. It also re-enforced that some of what I am doing is in the right direction. Also how to tweak some of the other things I am doing to make them more attractive to our audiences.”