Image: Castell Coch 'pop-up cinema' as part of BFI Sci-Fi with Chapter, Cadw and the University of South Wales (Lighting Design & Live Event Technology students). © Jon Pountney
Image: Castell Coch 'pop-up cinema' as part of BFI Sci-Fi with Chapter, Cadw and the University of South Wales (Lighting Design & Live Event Technology students). © Jon Pountney

Please note: this page and its content is currently being updated. For any queries, please email: lisa@filmhubwales.org


Frequently asked questions about Film Hub Wales and the BFI…

Film Hub Wales (FHW) – the Basics

Film Hub Wales – the Fund

Film Hub Wales – the Benefits

Film Hub Wales – the people

Film Hub Wales – Membership

Film Hub Wales – everything else

Film Hub Wales (FHW) – the Basics

What is Film Hub Wales?
Film Hub Wales is a network of film exhibitors led by Chapter, Cardiff (Film Hub Lead Organisation) that share common goals to ensure cinema is accessible to as many audiences in Wales as possible. The Hub aims to increase the opportunities to engage with cinema in all its diversity and raise the profile of the Welsh cinema sector. Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine ‘hubs’ UK wide funded by British Film Institute (BFI) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN)

What is Chapter, Cardiff?
Chapter is a dynamic cultural and community venue with two cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, a cafe/bar, over 60 resident companies in cultural workspaces and spaces for hire for community and cultural groups. Founded in 1971, Chapter has an international reputation for innovation and collaboration and offer an ever-changing programme of the best films, performance and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world. Chapter encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts and have become the flagship for the contemporary arts in Wales as one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe.

What geographical area does Film Hub Wales cover?
Film Hub Wales aims to support activity that covers all of Wales’ regions: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, The Vale of Glamorgan, Torfaen and Wrexham.

Does Film Hub Wales have a Welsh language policy?
Film Hub Wales will develop programmes that celebrate the rich heritage of Welsh language and culture, offering a platform for Welsh talent. Film Hub Wales are working towards implementing a policy that reflects the following values and principles;

  • To recognise that the Welsh language is a source of pride to the people of Wales and something we all value, regardless of our own ability to speak the language;
  • Promote and present work in English, Welsh, bilingually (and in many other languages);
  • Be an organisation that supports and encourages accessibility to film programmes and services  that provide a consistent service to Welsh-speaking audiences in a language of their choice;
  • ​Welcome dealings in both English and Welsh and aim to provide an equal standard of service in both languages;

The Film Hub Wales Welsh Language Policy will form part of a progressive and forward-looking commitment to promote a bi-lingual Wales.

Film Hub Wales – the Fund

How much money has Film Hub Wales been awarded?
Film Hub Wales has been awarded up to £200,000 per year for a period of 4 years (2013-2017).

How is the £200k being used?
Film Hub Wales support is split primarily across open calls and strategic projects. This includes programming and audience development, training and sector development and research initiatives, with part of the funding covering overheads including staffing and facilities costs. Film Hub Wales is committed to a transparent use of support streams and details of all awards will be publicly available.

How will resources be distributed?
Film Hub Wales will be allocating funds to applicants and strategic projects (please see our guidelines for further details). Future announcements on how and when these schemes will operate will be made available here, on our website and via our Film Hub Wales mailing list. You can contact us here to join our mailing list.

How can I apply for support from Film Hub Wales?
You can read our partnership support overview and guidelines here, which will tell you everything you need to know about how to fill an application form. If you wish to discuss your ideas before application stage, please get in touch

I'm a filmmaker, how can Film Hub Wales help me?
Film Hub Wales can help to support the release of new and Welsh film content by promoting to our members and wider exhibitor network.

If you would like Film Hub Wales to help support your film, please send the following information to lisa@filmhubwales.org:

  • Booking contact or details of distributor (if relevant)
  • Plans for release, including dates
  • Any current bookings including festivals
  • One or two good images and link to trailer
  • Synopsis (preferably outlining any connections to Wales)
  • Booking terms (indicative if not confirmed)
  • What marketing materials can be supplied (if any, if there is no distributor)

Please note that Film Hub Wales are unable to offer financial support for film production, development and distribution.

Film Hub Wales – the Benefits

What are the aims of Film Hub Wales?

  • Development of an innovative, adventurous and significant cultural film programme Wales wide,
  • To celebrate Welsh language, heritage and culture, offering a platform for Welsh talent,
  • Increase access to British independent and world cinema through events, screenings and education opportunities,
  • Support a network of regional, national and international partnerships and share best practice, leading to a more confident, vibrant & collaborative film sector,
  • Sharing programming ideas, access, debate and information exchange via training and mentoring,
  • To research, understand and develop diverse, life-long audiences for film across the UK,
  • Development of innovative approaches to digital technology to promote connectivity,
  • To identity and support rural venues in underserved / areas of cultural poverty where audiences are hard to reach. 

Our objectives support the overarching goals of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), which all members and projects should strive to support where possible:

  • Reach – to increase and broaden audiences for independent British film and world cinema,
  • Breadth – to considerably extend film choice for audiences across the UK,
  • Depth – to enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film leading to a better understanding of audiences,
  • Capability – enhanced expertise in key areas via training and mentoring, which supports network objectives,
  • Partnerships – a collaborative Network which works together effectively to deliver an exciting programme of film a range of settings and platforms,
  • Leverage – to raise additional investment for film exhibition activity across the network,
  • Diversity – catering to underserved audiences, making a variety of content widely accessible. 

How will these aims be achieved?
These aims will be achieved through:

  • New and supportive partnerships between organisations within the Hub and UK wide network,
  • Meaningful research around film and its audiences in Wales,
  • Participation opportunities for audiences and practitioners alike,
  • Investment in professional development through training and mentoring,
  • Site specific projects delivered with specific communities,
  • An audit of activity across the Hub and training and development opportunities tailored towards identified priorities,
  • ​A dedicated website for film exhibition in Wales.

Film Hub Wales – the people

Who are the main Film Hub contacts at Film Hub Wales?

Who makes the decisions?
Applications to the value of £5000 or less will be assessed by the Network Executive (Film Hub Wales Director, Strategic Manager and Development Officer). Applications above this value will be assessed for eligibility by the Network Executive before receiving final approval from the Sub Committee of the Hub Advisory Group. Any decisions made will be final. The Advisory Group represents the interests of the Film Hub Wales membership and engages stakeholders in Hub development. The Advisory Group will provide oversight, monitoring and make appropriate recommendations to the Film Hub Wales Sub-Committee or Chapter Board (as appropriate). 

Film Hub Wales – Membership

Why do I need to become a Hub member?
In order to apply for support and take part in any of the Film Hub Wales schemes, you will need to be a Film Hub Wales member.

What do I need to do to become a Hub member?
Please read our membership overview and complete a membership application form.

How much does membership cost?
Membership is free. All that is required is a commitment to Film Hub Wales' aims and objectives.

What benefits are there to becoming a Hub member?
Membership will provide you with access to support, training and sector development initiatives offered by Film Hub Wales. It will encourage collaborative programming and audience development projects, provide access to UK wide initiatives and allow organisations the opportunity to draw upon the experience of Hub members. Please see our membership overview for the full list of benefits.

Is there criteria for Hub membership?
 Member organisations may include:

  • Independent cinemas,
  • Mixed arts venues,
  • Film societies,
  • Community cinema providers,
  • Film festivals,
  • Film archives,
  • Commercial cinemas,
  • Film educators, 

Please read our membership overview for full details.

Is there a limit to how many Hub members there can be?
There is no limit. FHW welcomes new members year-round.

Is a Hub member an individual, or an organisation?
Hub members should be organisations. Although more than one individual from an organisation can represent that organisation (although the same email address cannot be used for more than one individual).

Can members only be from not-for-profit organisations, or can individuals from commercial organisations become Hub members?
Membership is open to all film exhibitors in Wales - if this applies to your organisation, please read our membership overview for further details.

Can I be a Hub member of two different regions? 
You may be a member of more than one Hub region. Applications for support should be to the Hub region where your main audience-facing work takes place. Please contact us to discuss your particular circumstances. 

Film Hub Wales – everything else

Will there be any new vacancies at Film Hub Wales?
There are currently no vacancies at Film Hub Wales. Any new opportunities will be posted here on our website.

How can I apply to join the Film Hub Wales Advisory Group?
The Advisory Group is in place for the current year but any new opportunities will be posted here on our website or a call will be placed amongst the membership.

The current Film Hub Wales Advisory Group are:

Advisory Group members are from a range of organisations to ensure broad representation of the Welsh film exhibition sector. This includes: mixed arts venues, single screen cinemas, commercial operators, multi-venue cinemas, film festivals, multi-screen cinemas, organisations based outside of Cardiff, film clubs and societies, community-led organisations and event-based/pop up operators. We want to ensure a range of roles are represented, including programming, publicity, operation, education, event production and audience development.

Advisory Group members are committed to the aims of Film Hub Wales and BFI Film Audience Network and prepared to represent the sector beyond their respective organisations.

Please contact lisa@filmhubwales.org if you have any questions.

What is the British Film Institute (BFI)?
The BFI was founded in 1933. They are a charity governed by a Royal Charter. They combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. They award Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research. More information.

What is the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)?
The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a coalition of organisations across the UK that will work together to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film. More information.

What is the BFI definition of specialised film?
The BFI’s definition of ‘specialised film’ relates to those films that do not sit easily within a mainstream and highly commercial genre. The BFI believes in the diversity of film and of audiences. We want films to find their audiences and audiences to build their appreciation of a wide range of films. A wider knowledge of film gives us a wider knowledge of different cultures and ideas. We believe that the on-going development of film culture relies on both familiarity with the great titles of film history, and on experimentation with new ideas and forms.

  • Foreign language films with subtitles: In almost all circumstances foreign-language films will be classified as ‘specialised’ due to most audiences’ lack of familiarity with and resistance to subtitles.
  • Documentaries: In almost all circumstances feature-length documentaries intended for theatrical distribution will be classified as ‘specialised’ because non-fiction cinema tends to have a narrower appeal than fiction.
  • Archive / Classic films: Films from the beginning of cinema’s history until the last 10-20 years, older titles shown again on the big screen so that today’s audiences can experience important or overlooked titles in their original format.
  • Artists Film / Experimenta: Feature-length films or programmes of shorts that express an artistic vision or particularly experiment with the film form for aesthetic purposes.
  • Short Film Programmes: Short films give new film makers a chance to learn their craft, find their cinematic voice and to see how audiences respond to their work.  Classic short films can give audiences the chance to see the first films by now famous filmmakers, and students of filmmaking the chance to see the format at its best. For these reasons, feature-length (70 mins+) programmes of short films will be considered.
  • Other Criteria: Films that fall outside of the above parameters may also be considered on the basis of unusual or undefinable genres; complex and challenging subject matter; innovative or unconventional storytelling/narrative structure. Films with stories and subjects relating to diversity (for example Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; disability; LGBT) may also be classified as ‘specialised’.
  • British film: ‘British’ films are those that are in receipt of a ‘Certificate of a British Film’ under the terms of Schedule 1 of the Films Act 1985 as amended i.e. films that pass the UK’s Cultural Test. ‘British’ films do not include films certified as British under any of the UK’s co-production treaties or under the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production for the purposes of eligibility for this funding. 

What is the BFI Forever Film plan?
Film Forever is the BFI’s plan for 2012-2017. It covers all BFI activity and will be funded by grant in aid from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and an anticipated increased share of National Lottery receipts, as well as relying on growth in our earned income including fundraising and new entrepreneurial activity. More information.

What are the other Hub regions?
The other Hub regions are Film Hub Central East, Film Hub London, Film Hub North West Central, Film Hub Northern Ireland, Film Hub Scotland, Film Hub South East and Film Hub South West & West Midlands and Film Hub North. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Film Festival Fund?
The BFI has allocated Lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund. As part of the Audience Fund, the Film Festival Fund seeks to support festivals which provide a greater depth and breadth of film and increase choice to audiences across the UK as well as increasing audiences for specialised and independent British film. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Programme Development Fund?
The Programming Development Fund is intrinsically linked to the BFI’s pioneering UK Audience Network, set to launch autumn 2013, which will see a varied range of partners across the country working together to bring diverse and engaging film experiences to as many people as possible. As set out in its Film Forever five year plan, the BFI aims to increase the size, diversity and geographic spread of audiences viewing specialised and independent British films and the Programming Development fund and ground-breaking UK Audience Network will be central to achieving this goal. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI 5-19 Education Scheme?
The BFI’s Film Education Scheme 2013-2017, delivered by Film Nation UK, follows on from overwhelmingly positive feedback for our 5-19 education plans, as set out in the New Horizons for UK Film consultation document.Working alongside partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, we intend to achieve a significant step change in the level of provision, delivering a wide range of activities to encourage watching, making and critical understanding of film for 5-19 year olds across the UK in one easy and accessible offer. More information.

Where can I find information about the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Scheme?
BFI Neighbourhood Cinema helps people to create a cinema experience in their local community venue. Find out about the pilot touring fund for new community venues and the equipment fund. More information.


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