ORGANISATION: WOW Women’s Film Club, Cardiff & Swansea
WOW Women’s Film Club runs daytime screenings for under-served, hard-to-reach female BME audiences in Cardiff and Swansea.
These events are designed to meet the needs of BME women, with childcare, transport and refreshments provided, along with discussion of the films screened. Many of those attending face isolation and would not otherwise visit the cinema.
20 monthly screenings were projected in locations such as refugee and asylum seeker centres, temples and community centres.
ORGANISATION: Contact a Family Cymru
Leading on from Wales-wide screenings in 2015/16, which saw one event in each LA, Contact A Family Cymru will work with 5 cinemas in Wales to launch the roll out of an accessibility kite mark, enabling venues to deliver relaxed film screenings for families with children with disabilities and multi-sensory needs. Venues will receive mentoring from CAF to make the screenings sustainable, with potential to roll out in future.
ORGANISATION: Flicks in the Sticks
Flicks in the Sticks worked with five community venues across isolated areas of mid-Wales, where audiences are traditionally under-served.
Up to 70 events were held, increasing access to British independent films, world cinema and particularly Welsh titles. Support was offered to promoters throughout the scheme to help nurture these events.
FHW contacted clusters of venues in North Wales with a brief for a new initiative. Four venues (Galeri, Cell B, Ardudwy and Pontio) in Gwynedd responded and are developing a strategic partnership initiative designed to increase the number of diverse film titles on offer to rural and isolated audiences in the region across the year.
Coordinating centrally, they will explore innovative shared marketing techniques that will grow the audiences for independent film in the area and potentially across the breadth of North Wales in future. Partners met with FHW at the Welsh film preview days in Pontio and are busy in the planning stages. ‘Get involved, get off the grid’.
ORGANISATION: Memo Arts Centre, Barry
Memo Arts Centre will be working in partnership with the Innovate Trust to offer Cine-venture – relaxed screenings with pre and post film activity that brings together a diverse local audience with a range of sensory and health needs. Exciting activities such as critics’ corner, vox pops and blogging will be used to engage with audiences and create discussion.
ORGANISATION: Theatr Brycheiniog, Powys
From October 2016, Theatr Brycheiniog will launch a cinema programme for the first time. The programme will deliver a wider range of films to a large rural catchment area across Powys. As well as regular evening screenings, there will be a ‘Breakfast Film Club’ on Wednesdays aimed at older audiences and ‘Brecon Beacon Extreme Film Day’ that will target young audiences.
ORGANISATION: Strictly Cinema, Maesteg
Strictly Cinema offers monthly screenings at Maesteg Town Hall, with the aim of combating loneliness and improving health amongst seniors and audiences with disabilities.
Screenings will include activities around the films to appeal to audiences. This year will see the introduction of four new satellite venues; Caerau Primary School; Caerau Development Turst; Valleys and Vale; and Noddfa, to serve wider audiences.
ORGANISATION: Pontio, Bangor
The ‘Teulu (Family) Film Clubhouse’ at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre will be a decorated family friendly space designed to complement the cinema screenings during a specific week-long period in the summer.
The Film Club will be open alongside cinema screenings, hosting events which will allow young audiences to react to the specific choice of daily films and overall experience.
The event will also be used to research options for a long-term and permanent Club House presence, with family friendly weekend screenings throughout the year.
ORGANISATION: Iris Prize
“Iris on the move!” – Two days, 15th and 16th February 2017, and fourteen events, at Cineworld Llandudno Junction in North Wales, will include screenings of LGBTQIA British and Welsh features and shorts. Special events include a masterclass with Iris Prize winners, a multimedia exhibition by Jon Pountney called Iris and Me and the first Iris Prize Community and Education Short Film Awards. The Best of Iris 2016 shorts will be available to venues following the event.