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Cheltenham International Film Festival 24 May – 04 June Virtual Screening Partner Offer
Information from Cheltenham International Film Festival

Tickets to Cheltenham International Film Festival 2021 (online) are now on sale via our streaming partner YourScreen. Once again, we are working with exhibitor partners to reach audiences across the UK using our Virtual Cinema model and hope that you will join us once more to share our programme with your audiences.

We will provide you with a discount code entitling your audience to 25% off tickets. This year we are also offering Festival Passes for any five films at an early bird price of only £25 up until midnight on 23 May.

For all sales made using your code we will pay you 30% of all revenue received. Existing YourScreen 25% codes will still be valid for individual ticket purchases. We also have a new affiliate scheme for selling passes which means all you need to do is share a link and revenue will automatically be tracked.

I gofrestru, anfonwch click here to register as a Virtual Screening Partner.

If you require any further information, please email:

The full festival programme can be browsed at:

About the Festival

Opening with a preview of the multi-Oscar winning film, The Father, and closing with a preview of an adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s comedy play Brighton, the festival presents 33 films from around the world, including 17 UK premieres and 11 previews. The official film festival competition to select BEST FILM, EMERGING DIRECTOR will be judged by a respected jury of film and media personalities chaired by Anna Smith, who, most recently, was Chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle.

This year we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the release of Stephen Frears’ debut feature film Gumshoe. In an exclusive interview with Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph, Stephen talks about Gumshoe and his long and prolific career as one of the UK’s most respected filmmakers. Other interviews during the festival include Aneil Karia, director of the exhilarating thriller Surge, the Cannes Camera D’Or winning director of Wet Season , Anthony ChenMichael Bentham, director of topical Australian drama Disclosure and the Director of BrightonStephen Cookson along with cast members Larry Lamb a Marion Bailey.  More Q&A events will be announced in the coming week.

This year, we have had more interest than ever in the festival programme with ticket sales already taking off and each film has a limited number of tickets. Therefore, we recommend you start promoting asap so that your audience doesn’t miss the opportunity to watch these wonderful films. Better yet, they can buy a pass for excellent value.

The full programme is now on sale at with tickets available at Early Bird prices until midnight on 23 May.

Mwy o wybodaeth Patrick Bliss,

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Welsh Cinema Reopening Dates

From May 17th, cinemas in Wales and across the UK are beginning to open their doors to audiences again. Reconnect with the best  British and international films on the big screen. 

Check back in for more updates as cinemas confirm their reopening dates in the coming weeks and months.

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National Lottery Environmental Campaign: #PlanetaryPromises

Climate emergency is the defining issue of our time. We can’t afford to look away. We’re working with cinemas and festivals Wales wide to develop our #PlanetaryPromise by ensuring that the projects we support, consider their impact on the environment.

We also recently released a biodiverse big screen programming pack, a free film resource available UK wide to raise awareness through environmental film programming.

We’re also considering the impact we make in our office. We’ve switched to recyclable tape, refillable bamboo pens, note books from Born Free Foundation and we refill our liquids in glass bottles. We’re committed to making a difference on a local and national level.

The National Lottery Environmental Campaign

Since 2011, The National Lottery has invested more than £2.2bn in green projects and initiatives across heritage, art, community and sport. Everything from community groups preserving natural habitats to art installations educating young people on climate change. 

Between the 19th and 23rd April, The National Lottery is inviting distributors, brosiectau, volunteers, fundraisers, athletes and players to make a #PlanetaryPromise on social media as part of a campaign promoting environmental good causes.

The #PlanetaryPromise is a chance for you to do your bit for the environment by making a conscious commitment to either start or stop something that could be helping or harming our planet. 

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The Torch Theatre Puts Young Film Ambassadors in the Picture

Following months of development and an extensive recruitment campaign, the Torch Theatre’s Young Film Ambassadors scheme launched this Wednesday (25 March) with its first online session, as the Torch Theatre’s Alex Lloyd and James Gent welcomed aboard its first intake of new members at the start of what promises to be an unmissable opportunity for young people in Pembrokeshire who are interested in film and cinema to experience film in a fun and educational way.

The Torch Theatre Young Film Ambassadors is a new scheme for those aged 14-18 in Pembrokeshire that will give opportunities for young people to watch, discuss and review the latest independent, UK & International, and blockbuster films. The scheme will give the young ambassadors the opportunity to get their reviews seen, and, to find out more about cinema and filmmaking in focused workshop sessions for aspiring reviewers with special guest speakers.

For the first session, the new recruits were joined by Keiron Self, the film editor for Buzz Magazine, who is also an actor, script writer and filmmaker in his own right. Keiron led an engaging, wide-ranging discussion on film, film genres, making your opinion count as a viewer or critic, and his own experiences writing, performing, and developing scripts for film & TV. 

Also present was Hywel Roberts of young people’s film network Into Film Cymru, whose Into Film Festival is the world’s largest free annual film festival, to share with the group just some of the opportunities available for young people to engage with great filmmaking and to develop a critical viewpoint so that they can learn and grow from those experiences.

Due to current COVID restrictions, the Young Film Ambassadors workshops and film screenings are taking place online. Conditions permitting, once the Torch Theatre is fully reopened and operating with a full cinema programme the Torch Theatre looks forward to welcoming its Ambassadors in person to take full advantage of the unique experience of enjoying films on the big screen.

Alex Lloyd, Senior Manager – Marketing, Press & Communications at the Torch Theatre said:

“It was brilliant to meet so many young people from across Pembrokeshire that share a common passion for film and cinema. This is the start of the journey for the Young Film Ambassadors scheme, we have a number of great workshops and films planned over the forthcoming months that will give a great insight into the film industry. There are certainly a few Marvel film fans here in Pembrokeshire, but we will be embracing the very best of independent and UK cinema as part of the ambassadors’ experience.”

The Torch Theatre’s Young Film Ambassadors scheme has been made possible by National Lottery funding distributed by Film Hub Wales, through the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund which was awarded to the Torch in the Autumn of 2020.

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BFI, BAFTA & The Film and TV Charity: Screen Industries Unite To Reinvigorate Action Against Bullying, Harassment and Racism

LONDON – Wednesday 17 March 2021: The BFI and BAFTA today announce the next stage of ground breaking work to tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace with a new employer Action List for the film and television industry, as The Film and TV Charity launches new services, providing immediate support for workers. The announcement comes as Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) guidance on harassment at work is expected to become a statutory code of practice in the coming months, and filming restrictions and remote working during the pandemic have created additional pressures. 

The Action List is part of a wider industry mobilisation and call for employers to commit to following the latest advice to meet their legal and ethical responsibilities and signpost workers to available support. It includes a set of resources designed to assist employers to meet those responsibilities and is endorsed by producers such as Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell of Fable Pictures (the recently BAFTA-nominated Rocks, Stan & Ollie, Wild Rose and the forthcoming TV series Anne Boleyn). 

Research commissioned by The Film and TV Charity, published in February 2020, which collected data on more than 9,000 workers, revealed that bullying remains highly prevalent – across all sub-sectors, 84% had experienced or witnessed bullying or harassment, with even higher figures in some sub-sectors. Those who had experienced bullying were twice as likely to want to leave the industry and highly likely to have had mental health problems. The charity’s new bullying support services have been developed in direct response to this need. 

The State of Play survey on unscripted TV undertaken in the wake of the pandemic and published in January 2021 by Bectu, Bournemouth University and Viva La PD, found that over 93% of respondents have experienced bullying or harassment in the TV industry, with only 11% who reported incidents considering that the matter was satisfactorily resolved. The report suggests that the vulnerability of the workforce over the last year has spotlighted a whole range of systemic employment-related concerns, including the need to ensure that incidents can be reported without fear of reprisal, and that procedures are in place to address reports. 

The new Action List is based on the Set of Principles and Guidance published in 2018 developed by the BFI in partnership with BAFTA and in consultation with organisations across the film, games and television

industries in response to urgent and systemic issues around bullying and harassment exposed so shockingly through cases such as the Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent conviction. In July 2020 the Principles and Guidance were updated with a specific commitment to anti-racism in recognition of widespread failings highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The Guidance outlines the law around bullying, harassment and racism, and also includes sexism, ableism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination. It sets out the responsibilities of employers, and provides advice for employees and freelancers. A supporting Dignity at Work Policy, developed in partnership with Bectu, provides a template for companies, productions and festivals to complement the Guidance and Principles to tackle workplace bullying and harassment. 

The new Action List for film and television launched today, which joins one for the games industry already in place, outlines simple yet effective actions that all employers can take to prevent and tackle workplace bullying, harassment and racism and demonstrate their commitment to tackling the issue. The Action List makes further recommendations including taking the new ScreenSkills online training module on bullying and harassment, and ensuring all employees and freelancers are aware of the new suite of bullying support services launched today by The Film and TV Charity. The Action List can be downloaded yma.

The Film and TV Charity has today launched a suite of new services to provide more support for individuals who have experienced or witnessed bullying including: the Bullying Pathway Service, accessible via the charity’s existing free and confidential 24-hour Film and TV Support Line 0800 054 00 00, offering free, confidential and independent industry-specific legal, HR and mental health advice; and digital incident recording tool Spot, accessible via the charity’s website, which can be used by anyone to create a confidential private record of something they’ve experienced of witnessed. The new services have been created as part of the Whole Picture Programme, the pan-industry movement for better mental health. More information can be found at 

The Principles and Guidance have now been endorsed by over 40 screen sector organisations with The Casting Directors’ Guild the most recent to formally endorse them. A number of below-the-line talent agents, including Sara Putt Associates, have committed to requiring employers to agree to adhere to the Guidance as part of their deal memos with talent, and producers such as Fable Pictures require workers to sign up to the Principles. 

The BFI has hired Morgana Melvin as Production Inclusion Manager to work across the BFI Film Fund, Inclusion and Skills teams and other partners such as ScreenSkills, BBC Films, and Film4 to identify the challenges and coordinate strategies that can result in real change for employment opportunities for underrepresented groups in the production sector across the UK. By reaching out to producers, Head of Departments and the wider industry, Morgana will work with BFI teams on strategies that can support job progression and retention in the industry. This will include support for the prevention of bullying, harassment and racism on set. 

As previously announced by BAFTA, entrants for the 2021 BAFTA Games Awards have been asked to provide information on their companies’ anti-bullying and harassment guidelines. This year, along with the adoption of the BFI Diversity Standards, is a pilot year for the BAFTA Games Awards and joins existing requirements for BAFTA’s Awards across Film and Television. BAFTA will be using the data collected to

enable them to see where support, guidance and training can be offered, if necessary. The move is part of a renewed commitment from BAFTA following the 2020 Review which marks the beginning of a significant cultural shift in BAFTA, challenging the industry to address the serious lack of opportunity and equality. 

Jen Smith, Head of Inclusion at the BFI, said:

“We’re delighted that so many organisations across the screen industries have already adopted the Guidance and Principles, but we know from our conversations with industry that more structured support needs to be within every workplace to prevent and reduce instances of bullying, harassment and racism. The Guidance, Principles, Dignity at Work policy and the Action List are working documents that we will continue to refine, as well as building even more complementary resources. 

“We have demonstrated our dexterity and adaptability as an industry in the face of a pandemic; as production begins to increase again, in the face of the visceral inequality that the pandemic has laid bare, the BFI and BAFTA want to share these resources widely as we believe they can immediately improve that lived experience for our workers and act as a very useful point of reference for employers.” 

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning, Policy and Inclusion at BAFTA, said: “The nature of our industries can make it more challenging to put in place policies and procedures which might be more achievable in other sectors. The Action List and accompanying training and resources suggest solutions for the kinds of workplaces common in the industries which we will continue to improve in the coming years. It’s so important that so many industry bodies are coming together with a united strategy to tackle this issue supporting both employers via the Action List, and workers via the fantastic services offered by The Film and TV Charity. Our shared aim is to create workplace cultures where everyone can contribute to the best of their abilities.” 

Caroline Waters, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “We’re pleased to see the BFI and BAFTA taking clear action to ensure that bullying and harassment and racism issues across UK screen industries are dealt with. The Action list will help to minimise the possibility of incidents and ensure legal compliance which will protect both employers and workers.” 

Dame Heather Rabbatts, Chair of TIME’S UP UK, said: “It was just over three years ago when TIME’S UP UK, in collaboration with BFI and BAFTA, launched the Bullying, Harassment and Racism Principles and Guidance for industry calling out unacceptable behaviour. Three years on, whilst awareness has been heightened, we need these resources more than ever and so we welcome the Action List released today to bolster our armoury to help eradicate these toxic practices. At TIME’S UP UK we are soon to release a series of safety guides for people working in the entertainment industry, free resources to empower arts and entertainment workers with information about their rights, industry-specific norms, and practical ways they can advocate for themselves and their safety and help people understand that no matter your situation, you have options.” 

Lucy Tallon, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing at The Film and TV Charity, said:

The Film and TV Charity is pleased to be part of this pioneering pan-industry commitment to end bullying and harassment.  Our research identified bullying as one of the leading causes of poor mental health in our industry. The personal testimonies we heard and continued to hear are shocking. We must do better as an industry. 

The Film and TV Charity is launching a suite of services to help those experiencing or witnessing bullying navigate their options. Individuals can come to us for self-help resources, for professional advice, and for access to a safe digital space to record experiences in private. These services are part of our strategy to make sure everyone working in film and TV has better support and better mental health.” 

Adeel Amini, Chair of the pan-industry Coalition for Change, and Founder of the TV Mindset, said: “The Coalition for Change is focused on raising awareness of the urgent need to improve working conditions for everyone in our industry and we continue to push for widespread cultural change. Bullying, harassment, racism, ableism and other forms of discrimination have no place in what should be a supportive, creative environment, so we’re happy to be supporting the BFI and BAFTA as they step forward with practical advice on how to combat a pernicious culture, and to have been involved in creating new services to support workers with The Film and TV Charity.” 

Philippa Childs, Head of Bectu, said: “Bectu has worked with BFI and BAFTA over many years to develop practical solutions to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace. The guidance being re-issued today includes a simple template policy to help employers deliver on their legal responsibilities to all workers on-set. 

“We want to see employers deliver more for their workers than the legal bare minimum, which is why we are pleased that the guidance also includes Bectu’s recommendation that all productions have a designated individual who can take reports of bullying and harassment. We will be working with BFI, BAFTA and ScreenSkills to draw up a template of responsibilities for this role. 

“The industry quickly came together to agree Covid supervisor roles last year, and we hope to be met with a similar can-do attitude to tackling bullying and harassment.” 

Seetha Kumar, CEO, ScreenSkills, said: “It is so positive that the industry has come together to create a better, fairer working environment by addressing unacceptable behaviours that have no place in it. We at ScreenSkills already provide a range of training, e-learning and resources – including some supported by the BFI with National Lottery funds – to help the industry identify and tackle bullying and harassment and racism so companies and productions as well as individual freelancers can play their part in creating safe and welcoming workplaces for everyone.” 

Victor Jenkins, Chair of the Casting Director’s Guild, said: “The Casting Directors’ Guild wholeheartedly supports these principles and actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion within our own practices and the work of our members. Through a shared commitment across the industry, we can ensure there is no place for bullying and harassment.” 

Andy Harrower, CEO of Directors UK, said: “It is vital that as an industry we create an urgent and meaningful response to the systemic issues of bullying, harassment and racism. Ensuring everyone is treated fairly, professionally and with respect should be the first priority of every production. This additional tool to support the industry principles and guidance makes the advice accessible to all productions and empowers them to take action regardless of their size or budget. We are pleased to support this work today and will continue to work with our colleagues to prevent unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.”

Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell, Creative Directors of Fable Pictures, said: “Fable Pictures strive to offer an inclusive environment on all our productions where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Principles against bullying, harassment and racism have really helped us set the tone on set and create a welcoming and inclusive working environment. This new Action List has made it even easier for us to understand what steps we can take to prevent and deal with unacceptable behaviour and support all our employees.” 

Sara Putt of Sara Putt Associates, said: “Sara Putt Associates are proud and excited to support this work.  We, as many other talent agents, include adherence to the BFI/BAFTA Principles and Guidance for the prevention of Bullying, and Harassment and Racism in our deal memos, and this clear and comprehensive Action List offers great practical guidance enabling all productions to create a safe workplace for everyone. Through my role as a BAFTA Trustee I have witnessed at first hand the huge amount of hard work put in by the BFI and BAFTA to create the original guidance and principles and now to have honed the information into an effective practical toolkit for all of the industry to use. As we strive to create a better environment for everyone who works in film and TV the importance of this Action List and the associated resources cannot be underestimated.” 

Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said: “The games industry has worked closely with our colleagues in film and television, through BAFTA and the BFI, to ensure that there is a clear and coherent set of principles and guidance across the screen industries. The industry’s Action List for employers in games, which launched in July 2020, has drawn on that best practice to help games studios of all sizes to help create, foster and maintain healthy work environments for their employees and freelance workers.” 

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Why Naomi Bennett Launched Lesflicks, A Film Streaming Platform For Queer Women

This week, Forbes interviewed Naomi Bennet of Lesflicks about why she launched a film streaming platform for Queer Women. 

Read the full interview

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WOW Wales One World Film Festival: Free & Online Festival, March 11-21 2021

Celebrating 20 years of eye-opening world cinema to Wales, WOW Wales One World Film Festival in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre returns this March in a somewhat different guise. Instead of buying tickets to enter a darkened cinema, festival goers will be settling back into their sofas to view the films streaming online, for free.  

The free WOW Film Festival opens on Thursday 11th March, 10 years to the day since Japans devastating earthquake that led to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. The first film, chosen to mark this sad anniversary, is 3:11 A Sense of Home, Naomi Kawases a collection of shorts from directors such as Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)Victor Erice and Patti Smith that explore timely themes of renewal, recovery and home. 

Gŵyl Ffilmiau WOWGreen Screen” selection includes several environmental films. Among WOW Festivals many international guest speakers this year is forest ranger turned best-selling German author Peter Wohlleben, whose film The Hidden Life of Trees has its UK online premiere. The growing local food movement is the theme of documentary First We Eat, whose director Suzanne Crocker will be joining live from Canadas frozen Yukon.  

One of sixteen online premieres, the strange and wonderful Sanctorum imagines the awesome power of nature unleashed to protect the traditional way of life in a mountain village. Beloved about an 82 year old woman devoted to the wild mountains and her cows will feature alongside a Q&A with producer Elaheh Nobakht from Tehran. 

Need a laugh? Feel good movies include comedies Arab Blues starring Iranian actress in exile Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson, The Patience Stone); The Whaler Boy set against the visually poetic backdrop of the Bering Strait and Joy, an international programme of short films curated from the best of Iris LGBT+ Film Festival. 

There is plenty of family viewing too. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a heartwarming drama set in the worlds most remote school, high up in the mountains of Bhutan. Delfín follows a young boy whose determination to audition for a childrens orchestra takes him and his father on a life changing adventure. Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival are joining the WOW Womens Film Clubs International Womens Day celebration with a selection of animated family-friendly shorts by up and coming female animators in Japan. Running to the Sky sees young runner Jekshen competing for the top prize in traditional running races of Kyrgyzstan. 

Nature, gods and mysticism feature in WOWStrange Films for Strange Days” strand. Laoss only female film director Mattie Do is another guest speaker, alongside her wonderful ghost story The Long Walkpresented by Abertoir Festival. Abertoir are also presenting the chilling Malaysian folk-horror RohIn Tantas Almas/Valley of Souls about Colombias civil war, the swampy air of the magnificent Magdalena river is thick with mystery and fear.

Saturday 20th March is Nowruz, or Persian New Year. Iranian film curator Ehsan Khoshbakht will introduce his film about the vibrant world of Filmfarsi, a popular genre of cinema from the 1960s and 70s, alongside the UK online premiere of the restored version of the greatest Iranian movie of all time, The Deerwhich is rarely seen outside Iran.

The 2021 WOW Film Festival will wrap on Sunday 21st March, with a celebration of the UNs International Day of Forests. With the climate emergency, everyone is talking about planting trees. But are we going about it in the right way?

WOW Film Festival Director David Gillam said:

“It has been really exciting to put together our first online festival. Now people anywhere in the UK can join the party and discover what Welsh audiences have enjoyed for twenty years.We would like to thank all our funders and sponsors who have made it possible for us to brighten these dark days by providing the online festival entirely for free. Without the support of the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, this free festival would not have been possible.We’ve only thrived for so long thanks to the support of many great partners. But I would particularly like to thank everyone at our ‘spiritual home’ in Aberystwyth Arts Centre without whom we simply couldn’t have put on this year’s festival. Other film festivals in Wales have also provided essential support. As well as bringing the world to Wales, by taking WOW online, we can export the best of Welsh film festivals to the rest of the UK. I would also like to thank the many people who have supported WOW over the last twenty years.”

WOW Film festival is funded by The Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, Ffilm Cymru Wales, National Lottery Communities Fund and Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), made possible by the National Lottery.

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Bydd gŵyl ffilmiau Affricanaidd flynyddol Cymru, Watch-Africa Cymru, yn digwydd ar-lein yn 2021, gan ddod ag Affrica a Chymru at ei gilydd i ddathlu sinema Affricanaidd.

Sefydlwyd yr ŵyl Watch-Africa Cymru wyth mlynedd yn ôl yn ne Cymru, a hon yw unig ŵyl ffilmiau Affricanaidd Cymru. Mae'r 9fed rhifyn eleni yn symud ar-lein ac yn digwydd rhwng 19 a 28 Chwefror 2021.

Gyda chefnogaeth Canolfan Celfyddydau Chapter, Ffilm Cymru a Choleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru, mae rhaglen gyffrous o'r enw 'Dod ag Affrica i Gymru', wedi cael ei churadu. Bydd yr ŵyl yn sgrinio amrywiaeth o 10 o ffilmiau gwych, a sesiwn holi ac ateb fyw gyda chyfarwyddwyr, cast ac arbenigwyr.

Ynghyd â'r rhaglen sinema hon, bydd yr ŵyl yn cynnig cyfres o weithdai diddorol hefyd, sydd wedi'u trefnu'n arbennig i gefnogi’r rhaglen sinema (gan gynnwys gweithdy ar Lên Gwerin Affricanaidd!).

Bydd yr ŵyl hon yn dathlu cyfnewidfeydd diwylliannol dilys drwy gydweithrediadau sinematig traws-genedlaethol. I agor yr ŵyl, mae’n bleser gan Watch-Cymru Africa groesawu Florence Ayisi, gwneuthurwr ffilmiau Cymru-Affrica. Bydd yr ŵyl yn dod i ben gyda sgriniad 'Buganda Royal Music Revival' a thrafodaeth gyda gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau a chynrychiolwyr Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru.

Dilynwch Watch-Africa Cymru ar Facebook, Twitter ac Instagram i ymuno â’r drafodaeth arlein ac i gael cyfle i ennill rhywfaint o wobrau arbennig.

Meddai Christine Patterson, cynhyrchydd Watch-Africa Cymru:

Rwy'n falch iawn o fod yn rhan o gydweithrediadau mor wych ar gyfer yr ŵyl ffilmiau eleni. Mae'r rhaglen hon yn siŵr o ysgogi ystod eang o emosiynau, a sbarduno rhywfaint o drafodaethau diddorol. Rydym ni, yn ogystal â'n cydweithwyr, yn edrych ymlaen at fwynhau'r ŵyl sydd i ddod gyda chi.

Meddai Claire Vaughan o Ganolfan Celfyddydau Chapter:

Rydym wedi bod yn gweithio gyda Watch-Africa ers blynyddoedd lawer, ac rwy'n falch iawnein bod ni wedi helpu i wneud yr ŵyl hon yn ŵyl ddigidol eleni, fel bod cynulleid faoedd yn cael cyfle i weld yr holl ffilmiau gwych hyn.

"Mae gwledd o’ch blaen- rhaglenni dogfen gan wneuthurwyr ffilmiau yng Nghymru, sylwebaeth gymdeithasol, comedi, clasuron a rhywfaint o'r ffotograffiaeth harddaf y byddwch yn ei weld eleni.

"Rwy'n edrych ymlaen yn arbennig at y gweithdai, sy'n cynnwys addysgwyr fel Abu-Bakr Madden Al-Shabazz. Peidiwch â cholli eich cyfle i weld y ffilmiau hyn, a gweld ychydig o'r byd sydd ddim ar gael i ni ar hyn o bryd."

Dywedodd yr Athro Florence Ayisi, gwneuthurwr ffilmiau Affricanaidd sy'n byw yng Nghymru ac sydd â dwy ffilm sydd yn mynd i gael eu sgrinio, bod:

"Watch-Africa Cymru yn cynnig gofod creadigol i wneuthurwyr ffilmiau a phobl sy’n caru ffilmiau i gysylltu a thrafod. Mae'n ofod arbennig sy'n ymwneud mwy â syniadau, delweddau a straeon am ddiwylliant a phrofiadau Affricanaidd a gipiwyd mewn ffilm. Yn bwysicach na hynny, mae'n le i weld, clywed a gwybod ychydig mwy am safbwyntiau a phrofiadau byw sy'n pontio bylchau o wybodaeth anghywir a chamddehongliadau am fywyd yn Affrica."

Mae Watch-Africa Cymru yn fwy na gŵyl ffilmiau; mae wedi creu lle i gynulleidfaoedd ddathlu diwylliannau pobl Affricanaidd sy'n ffurfio Cymru amlddiwylliannol; gweledigaeth wych!

Mae tocynnau ar gyfer yr Ŵyl Ffilmiau Dod ag Affrica i Gymru ar werth nawr. Bydd modd prynu pob ffilm a’u ffrydio ar Chwaraewr Chapter.

Cliciwch yma i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am yr ŵyl.
Cliciwch yma i weld clip o ŵyl Watch Africa 2021.

Mae’r ŵyl yn cael ei chefnogi gan: Ffilm Cymru, Panel Cynghori Is-Sahara (SSAP), Hub Cymru Affrica (HCA), Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru (RWCMD)


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Put yourself in the picture as a Young Film Ambassador with the Torch Theatre

Are you aged between 14 to 18, with a passion for cinema and a desire to learn more about different aspects from across the film industry? This week, Milford Haven’s Torch Theatre have launched a fresh new scheme for teenagers from across Pembrokeshire who are interested in or have a passion based around film and cinema.

Commencing from the end of March 2021, the Torch Theatre Young Film Ambassadors scheme is an unmissable opportunity for teenagers to experience film in a fun and educational way; become a budding film critic, meet like-minded people and to make new friends. You will discuss and review films with your peers, get your reviews seen, and sharpen your skills as a reviewer as you explore writing and vlogging as part of the project. 

As a Young Film Ambassador, this exciting, interactive project offers you the opportunity to watch and review current British, independent and blockbuster films. You will find out more about film with filmmaking and film studies digital workshops, with guest speakers and special presentations from industry insiders and creatives on aspects from production to publicity. Access to the films will initially be through digital streaming platforms, and then back on the big screen once the Torch is fully reopened.

The Torch Theatre’s Young Film Ambassadors scheme has been made possible by National Lottery funding distributed by Film Hub Wales, through the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund which was awarded to the Torch in the Autumn of 2020.

Alex Lloyd, Senior Manager – Marketing, Press & Communications at the Torch said:

The Young Film Ambassadors scheme is a fantastic opportunity for budding film enthusiasts to learn more about films and cinema from across different aspects of the industry. We will initially run the scheme online until it is safe to return to the Torch which will then give a deeper insight into what we do. I would like to thank Film Hub Wales, BFI FAN and the National Lottery for their support in allowing us to create this scheme for our younger audience members in the Pembrokeshire community.

Want to get involved? To apply to become a Young Film Ambassador, simply email with the following information: Name, Age and Location, plus tell us what your three favourite films are and why. Successful Ambassadors will be contacted by 15 March 2021. For more information, visit the Torch Theatre’s website.

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Iris Prize celebrates National Lottery award to support ambitious three-year project

Organisers of the Iris Prize have launched a Wales-wide, three-year project working with community groups from across the country to discuss issues faced by LGBT+ people.

The Iris Prize successfully applied for £195,330 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Working with the LGBT+ community and their allies, the team are looking for community groups who, thanks to the support of National Lottery players during these challenging times, will produce a film addressing issues faced by the LGBT+ community. All of the completed films will be available to watch online.

The Iris Prize intend to build on their previous Iris in the Community project, creating more opportunities for community members to make films that relay a campaign for change.

Team Iris will be working with 10 community groups to discuss issues faced by the LGBT+ community and produce a film in response. Beneficiaries will have opportunities to take part in acting workshops, and gain skills in filmmaking and scriptwriting. The groups involved do not need to work within the LGBT+ community, but will be diverse in their membership, for example welcoming people with learning disabilities.

Berwyn Rowlands, Cyfarwyddwr yr Ŵyl:

Without this funding from The National Lottery Community Fund we would not be able to run this project. We have been inundated by community groups across Wales asking if we could work with them, today we can confirm, with a very BIG YES!

“2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the repeal of one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to impact on the lives of LGBTI+ people in the UK: Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for our community groups to take stock and reflect on where we are today as LGBT+ people. The fact that we will have 10 films produced at the end of this project is an added bonus. Film continues to be a very democratic way for people to share their ideas and to reach new audiences. Our community groups will I’m sure benefit from this amazing experience.”

Community groups who are interested in discovering more should start with a visit to Iris Prize Community where they can complete a form to express an interest.

Derek Preston-Hughes, Funding Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund said:

“We are delighted to be able to support The Iris Prize with this project. They have already played an incredible role in addressing issues faced by the LGBT+ community over the years, and it’s great that they can now build on this, thanks to National Lottery players. Projects such as this are making a huge difference to people’s lives and to communities across Wales.”

National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. To find out more about applying for a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to help your community adapt, recover and thrive, visit The National Lottery Community Fund gwefan

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film 4, University of South Wales, Co-op Respect, Bad Wolf, Gorilla Group, Peccadillo Pictures, Pinewood Studios, Attitude Magazine, Diva Magazine and The Ministry of Sound.

The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru, Pride Cymru and Stonewall Cymru.

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Inclusive Cinema tasks cinemas to take anti-racist action with launch of new guide

Inclusive Cinema tasks cinemas to take anti-racist action with launch of new guide 

The BFI Film Audience Network’s Sinema Cynhwysol has launched a practical guide for improving the cinema experiences of ethnically diverse audiences, and staff, which challenges institutions to make good on their Black Lives Matter and anti-racism statements from 2020. 

Sinema Cynhwysol is a UK-wide project funded by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) through the National Lottery to support exhibitors in welcoming everyone to participate in cinema, by countering cultural, systemic or physical barriers. The new guide ‘Dismantling Structural Inequality in Your Cinema’ was commissioned from artist and freelancer Sadia Pineda Hameed and focuses on the cinema experiences of ethnically diverse people, with reference to intersections including gender, sexuality, disability, income and class.

From immediately actionable tools, to encouraging inner, reflective and dialogue-based work towards undoing systemic injustice, the guide is intended to create lasting change for future generations, and sustain organisations in a meaningful way, cited by its writer as “the last toolkit that cinemas should need” when it comes to making their spaces truly inclusive of and led-by ethnically diverse people.

Speaking at film exhibition conference, This Way Up, in December 2020, Sadia Pineda Hameed, author of the guide said:  

This toolkit wants to help you within your cinema or organisation to dismantle historic, powerful and violent structures; it’s not about reforming a single workplace but actually creating a more sustainable sector. It’s about decolonisation not diversification. The toolkit does not prioritise visible diversity and inclusion, but prioritises making sure exclusion can’t exist in your space … Share it with your funder and ask your funder to hold you accountable to it, and vice versa.

The toolkit examines the role of cinemas in the context of systemic injustice and focuses on preventing harm towards people of colour as audience members, staff and creators who exhibit their films, and arrives in tandem with Dogwoof’s latest release, charting Martin Luther King Jr.’s mistreatment by the FBI, MLK/FBI, available in virtual cinemas and on demand, from 15 January.  

As audiences connect the dots between the seeds to Black Power rising from the ‘50s and ‘60s, to Black Lives Matter in 2020, the vital reminder is that institutional and structural racism are still endemic issues within our society and culture, requiring multiple strategies and committed action.  

Toki Allison, BFI Film Audience Network Access Officer, who oversees the Inclusive Cinema project, explains:  

“Many cinemas have made statements recognising that structural change is essential after the resurgence of Black Lives Matter bringing racism forcibly into the public consciousness in 2020. This toolkit provides short and long-term actions for organisations to take, to show their true commitment to not only making statements, but taking anti-racist action to create an equitable space for Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse talent, curators, staff and audiences. It’s a comprehensive and inarguably uncompromising document, but it will only be effective if organisations take it, absorb it, recognise the deep work that needs to be done, and get on and do it. I’m looking forward to seeing real change happen, including true accountability from white-led organisations who give up their power and make way for ethnically diverse leaders, makers and curators to share stories in their own ways.” 

Rico Johnson-Sinclair, director and founder of CineQ, and festival manager at SHOUT Festival, was consulted in the creation of the toolkit, and said: 

There’s been a bit of work in the film industry generally over the last couple of years. And whilst this work is formative, it’s still optional and very base level. While the industry is debating whether or not to even implement systems of equality within their organisations, people of colour from all perspectives are put on the backburner time and time again, in lieu of something, anything else, that seems to take priority due to its rise in the public sphere. As this happens, whole generations of black and brown storytellers, creatives and hard-working film-lovers are cast aside to protect a casually and subversively racist status quo. This toolkit not only helps organisations to acknowledge systemic racism happening in their backyards (within a film industry that was built during a time where the only representation we had was given to us by white people), it also shows us a path to valuable self-learning; to implement change across the team to ensure that as the conversation changes and evolves amongst marginalised people (which it will inevitably do), organisations are able to keep up. Instead of performative, this toolkit champions the formative and sustainable.” 

Alex Misick, programme coordinator at The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, who have begun the work to structural change in their venue, said: 

I like how the guide doesn’t pull any punches, and is quite explicit about the politics that underpin so much of what hopefully, should be a historic approach. One of Sadia’s key points is that this isn’t just a strategy to be implemented from the top-down of an organisation. These are conversations that need to happen between staff, not necessarily led by senior management, and to be implemented at an individual level… Instead of following capitalist logic of doing more, this is a moment to take a step back, and to recognise there’s a rupture in consensus and let’s not go back to normal.

You can find the toolkit in the how-to guides section of the Inclusive Cinema website yma and/or download it yma.

You can find virtual screenings and on demand links to watch MLK/FBI yma. 


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Mae Canolfan Ffilm Cymru yn dyfarnu £52,000 mewn cronfeydd Covid-19 i sinemau a gwyliau yng Nghymru.

Datganiad i’r Cyfryngau:

Mae Canolfan Ffilm Cymru yn dyfarnu £52,000 mewn cronfeydd Covid-19 i sinemau a gwyliau yng Nghymru.

Mae lleoliadau ffilm yn rhoi llesiant ar y blaen yn eu rhaglenni ailagor ôl Covid-19.

Mae Canolfan FfIlm Cymru wedi dyfarnu £52,000 mewn cyllid Loteri Cenedlaethol, drwy Gronfa Arddangos FAN BFI, i 15 o sinema annibynnol a gwyliau ffilm wrth iddyn nhw gynllunio i ailagor.

Defnyddir yr arian i gynorthwyo adferiad, gan alluogi lleoliadau i ailddechrau dangos ffilmiau Prydeinig a rhyngwladol, yn cynnwys drwy seddi ar steil cabaret a ‘swigod sgrin fawr’, er mwyn iddyn nhw allu ailgysylltu gyda’r cymunedau mwyaf ynysig yng Nghyrmu sydd wedi cael eu heffeithio gan y cyfnod clo.

Cynhelir gweithgareddau ffilm gan gadw pellter cymdeithasol ar draws Cymru, gan greu gofod diogel lle gall pobl barhau i deithio’r byd drwy gyfrwng y sgrin fawr, am brisiau fforddiadwy. Fe fydd cynulleidfaoedd ar flaen y broses o wneud penderfyniadau, gyda’u hadborth yn cael ei werthfawrogi gan leoliadau wrth iddyn nhw ailadeiladu.

Er enghraifft, mae TAPE yn Hen Golwyn yn ailgychwyn Sinema Soffa ac fe fydd yn dangos Sanctuary mewn partneriaeth gydag asiantaeth paru lleol newydd i bobl gydag anableddau dysgu, Yn y Barri, fe fydd Canolfan Gelfyddydau’r Memo yn creu gweithgareddau ‘Swigen Sgrin Fawr’ gyda chrefftau digidol a chludo ymaith, ac yn y Magig Lantern, Tywyn, fe fyddan nhw’n ‘ailgynnau’r lantern hud’ gan osod y sinema fel goleudy dewr, eofn ar gyfer y dyfodol.

Ers cychwyn y pandemig mae nifer o safleoedd wedi methu agor eu dryau i’r cyhoedd. Gyda’r dyfodol yn parhau’n ansicr, maen nhw wedi bod yn gweithio i amrywio eu model busnes, datblygu gweithdrefnau iechyd a diogelwch cadarn a sicrhau ffynonellau incwm amgen holl bwysig.

Mae Hana Lewis, Rheolwraig Strategol Canolfan Ffilm Cymru yn esbonio:

Mae angen inni gydnabod effaith sinemau yn ein cymunedau a’r golled potensial y bydd pawb ohonom yn ei wynebu os ydyn nhwn cau oherwydd y pandemig. O Neuadd Ogwen, oedd yn darparu bwyd i 600 o bobl drwy ei fanc bwyd, i’r Magic Lantern a Theatr Gwaun oedd yn darparu cyflenwadau meddygol a chefnogaeth iechyd meddwl i ddefnyddwyr bregus, mae lleoliadau annibynnol wedi mynd yr ail filltir i helpu’r rhai sydd fwyaf mewn angen. Maen nhw weid gwneud hyn ac ar yr un pryd yn cynllunio ar gyfer eu dyfodol ansicr eu hunain, archwilio eu cynlluniau busnes, adolygu eu dulliau mynediad a chydraddoldeb, edrych ar gynaliadwyedd amgylcheddol. Fe fydd y cronfeydd yma yn eu helpu i ailgychwyn darpariaeth cymdeithasol, economaidd a diwylliannol holl bwysig drwy weithgareddau ar y sgrin.

Annie Grundy, Cyd-gyfarwyddwraig The Magic Lantern:

Mae’r arian yma yn ein galluogi i lapio pelen fawr o wlan cotwm o amgylch ffilmiau Prydeinig, annibynnol ac ieithoedd tramor yn ein rhaglen yr oeddem yn yr hen ddyddiau cyn coronafeirws roeddem wedi eu tanysgrifio inni ein hunain. Mae’n sicrhau y gall ein cynulleidfaoedd, hyd yn oed gyda chapasiti llawer llai (36 o seddi yn lle 280 oherwydd rheolau cadw pellter) ddod i wylio cymysegdd eclectig o ffilmiau gwych ar y sgrin yn y Magic Lantern.

Ychwanega Sue Whitbread, Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Theatr Gwaun:  

Mae cefnogaeth Canolfan Ffilm Cymru yn golygu ein bod yn gallu mynd ymlaen gyda’n strategaeth ffilm newydd. Fe fydd Theatr Gwaun nawr yn canolbwynto ar ffilmiau amrywiol, annibynnol gan adfywio diddordeb a datblygu cynulleidfaoedd newydd yn ein cymuned. Mae cyllid yn hanfodol, a hefyd y cyngor a’r mentora arbenigol.

Mae Blanche Giacci yn byw ychydig strydoedd i ffwrdd o Theatr Gwaun ac ar gyfnod normal fe fyddai'n mynychu dangosiad o leiaf unwaith yr wythnos:

Mae Theatr Gwaun yn rhan hanfodol o'n cymuned, yn darparu sinema, diwylliant ac adloniant i bob grwp oedran a diddordeb. Mae'n ganolfan gymdeithasol sydd yn gwella llesiant y gymuned.

Dywed Ben Luxford, Pennaeth Cynulleidfaoedd DU yn BFI: 

Mae eleni wedi dangos pwysigrwydd ac angen rhaglennu y tu hwnt i'r prif ffrwd, ac rydym yn falch o allu cefngi arddangoswyr yng Nghymru i barhau i wneud hynny.

Mae’r gronfa arddangos ffilm (BFI) drwy ei Rwydwaith Cynulleidfa Ffilm (FAN). Mae’r gronfa yn cynnig cymorth hanfodol a pharhad busnes i arddangoswyr ar draws y DU gyfan. Gweinyddir y cronfeydd yng Nghymru gan Ganolfan Ffilm Cymru drwy Chapter fel y Corff Arwain Canolfan Ffilm.

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O'r chwith i'r dde: Galeri Caernarfon, Memo Arts Centre Barry © Jon Pountney, Theatr Gwaun, The Magic Lantern © Mathieu Gasquet, WOW Women’s Film Club © Jon Pountney, Wicked Wales Tir Morfa Awards, Memo Arts Centre Barry WAM © Jon Pountney, Monmouth Savoy © David Broadbent

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