Film and Animation Programmes

Takeover Chapter 

12th October

As part of the Takeover Cardiff project, Chapter is facilitating an online collaboration between 1st year BA (Hons) Animation, Direction and Production students at the University of South Wales, Newport City campus and 1st year Games Design students at Noroff College, Oslo.

The brief of the project is to enable the students to use images from each others’ cities as a starting point for the development of a short animation. The animations aim to follow the theme of ‘Change’, ‘Metamorphis’, or ‘Takeover’ allowing for the reimagining of the familiar andthe encouragement of new perspectives, whilst at the same time learning new skills and techniques.

The Oslo Opera House, The Norwegian Royal Palace and Oslo’s Town Hall, The New Theatre, Newport Transporter Bridge, Mermaid Quay and Cardiff Castle are just some of iconic landmarks that are being transformed by these inspiring and creative animation students at the very beginnings of their career.The finished animations will be premiered in Chapter on the 12th October, and will be screened in the Cinema Foyer throughout the following week.

You can follow the creative process, and see what is produced by following our online blog at 


Open Animation Drop in Session.

Saturday 12 October

11am - 3pm

Would you like to try your hand at a spot of animation? Gerald Conn of Gritty Realism will be in the Chapter Café at the Dutch Table (near the gallery entrance) from 11am – 3pm. With support from Newport Animation Students Gerald will be running an open drop in session where you can ask as many questions as you want and create a small animation of your own.All ages welcome. 


Working with Offenders and those At Risk of Offending

Chapter offers bespoke film literacy courses and workshops that are designed to engage young people that have been convicted of offending or have been recognised as being at risk. All workshops and courses are scalable and aim to develop the soft skills of the participants by using a discussion-based approach and also developing practical camera and editing skills.

Prisons and Youth Offending Institutes

In the last three years Chapter has delivered over 70 full day film literacy workshops inside Parc Prison’s Young Person’s Unit. Based just outside of Bridgend, Parc Prison can house up to 64 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 in a secure YP Unit. At 18 years old the young people move out of the unit and join the adult prison population. 

Film workshops have included film screenings and introduction basic filmmaking and editing techniques.  Some of the young people work towards Agored Cymru qualifications in Exploring Film, iMovie Editing, and Basic Film Making. 

The course structure also looks at themes and issues raised in the films and covers topics such as prejudice, redemption and citizenship, as well as offering an alternative cultural view of life.

Chapter Staff have fully enhanced CRB clearances, as well as Ministry of Justice clearance.

ASB Prevention Teams and Youth Offending Teams

Chapter has strong relationships with local Youth Offending Services and has recently delivered 4 x 8 week film making projects for the Neath Port Talbot Youth Offending Service, working with the Youth Offending Team, Engage (x2) and Velindre Community School.

These eight session courses have used the film Run Lola Run as source material in order to develop ideas and create films around the theme of 'consequences'. The eight 4 hour sessions have also included screenings of South African film Tsotsi and Belgian film L'enfantOne group were ex-offenders from the Sandfields estate in Port Talbot, one group from a community school in Port Talbot who have been excluded from mainstream education and 2 groups are from the Port Talbot Engage, a European initiative that looks to re-motivate young people at risk of social and educational marginalisation. The series of workshops that make up this programme of activity includes film literacy and discussion, practical filmmaking skills, ICT skills. This projects also looks to challenge the participants in key soft skills areas such as contribution, communication, motivation, attention, listening and emotional empathy.     

It includes a mixture of literacy work, and practical work, including an introduction to iMovie, SAM Animation and Garageband software, as well as basic filmmaking techniques and camera work. 

Chapter is also continuing to develop its two-year partnership with Cardiff Youth Offending Service after the successful completion of 2 Arts Council Wales funded Splash Arts Film making Projects.

Splash Art Projects consist of workshops during the summer holidays, autumn half term and spring half term. This is My Cardiff: Max’s Story and Anti Social Behaviour are two film making projects that have been facilitated by Chapter Staff exploring issues that are relevant to young people on the project who are directly supported by the Youth Offending Teams.

Email for details.


Film in Afan Film Literacy Support Programme

This project is a 3-year programme of school, venue-based and community workshops to support a community cinema initiative in the Afan Valley.

It spans the three year life of the Big Lottery funded Film in Afan Community Cinema Scheme. To support the community cinema over the next three years Chapter, alongside the Film Agency for Wales, Afan Communities First and Reel Education, is delivering a complimentary in-school and community based programme of literacy orientated educational activities. These use film as a stimulus to support teachers in achieving their classroom objectives and to engage with harder to reach groups within the community.

The programme consists of two inter-generational film academies that allow young people and their older family relatives to learn together and find out how films are made, what creative processes are at use, and how to talk critically about the films they watch. The main education partners are Croeserw Primary School, Pen Afan Primary School, Glyncorrwg Primary School, Cymmer Primary School and Cymmer Comprehensive.

There are four in-school workshops per term (12 per year), each workshop working with 20-30 pupils. There are also 12 community workshops per year working with smaller ‘harder to reach groups’ of approximately 10 per workshop, and 28 film academy sessions across two separate venues.

Harry Potter and the Philiosophers Stone 

Cymer Comprehensive School (Yr 8)

Tuesday 12 November

An interactive 2 hour workshop exploring the themes and language of Harry Potter as experienced through both the book and film. Hands on practical exercises and group based discussion work are combined with reading, writing and literacy tasks to ensure a rich and dynamic classroom experience.

Of Mice and Men

Cymer Comprehensive School (Yr 9)

Friday 15 November

This 90minute workshop consists of textual analysis and creative writing exercises exploring the context of Steinbeck’s classic American novel. Character analysis will also be explored and individual and group exercises will allow students to make comparisons between the book and the film.  

The Iron Giant  

Cymer Afan, Primary School + Croeserw Primary School (Yrs 5 and 6)

Monday 14 October

A fun 90 minute workshop that develops literacy at KS2. Using the critically acclaimed animation as a starting point, pupils will be then given sections of Ted Hughes classic The Iron Man to read aloud. An introduction to film language and setting character and plot will be discussed whilst writing exercises will encourage the use of similie and metaphor.

The Lorax 

Glyncorwg Primary Schoool + Pen Afan Primary School (Yrs 1 and 2)

Tuesday 15th October

A fun, practical workshop with word puzzles and art activities that will investigate the themes of environmentalism. Using The Lorax film as a starting point, pupils will discuss in groups and pair work characters from the film, and basic literacy exercises will be used to allow pupils to write down their ideas. 

Please contact if you would like a film literacy workshop delivered at your school.


Animation for Young People on the Autistic Spectrum 

8 week course beginning Tue 17 Sep 6 – 7.30pm

Age 9-12

If you cannot commit to all sessions then do not worry. Each session is stand alone and participants will work at their own pace and level.

A three-year programme of animation courses (2 courses per year) developed specifically for young people on the autistic spectrum aged 9-12 and 13-16 (although individual cases will be considered). Wider special educational needs are also catered for. Courses will be led by experienced filmmaker Ben Ewart-Dean, supported by Chapter's Mark Faiers, who between them have many years’ experience of working with autistic young people and young people with special educational needs. Watch out for our 13-16's course which will begin in late January.     

If you think your child may benefit from these courses or want more information contact learning@chapter.orgThis course if generously funded by BBC Children in Need (logo – Children in Need)£2 per session.



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