Chapter Proud to Announce a Further Four Years of Film Hub Wales

Posted on: 26 Jan 2018

After a successful five year project, bringing £1.25 million investment into film exhibition in Wales,Chapter are excited to announce that Film Hub Wales;(FHW) will continue to offer a significant audience development programme from 2018-22, bringing more films, to more people, in more places.

Developed by the British Film Institute (BFI) and exhibition specialists in 2012, Film Hub Wales is supported by National Lottery funding as one of eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK. Building on FANs success, the BFI are making changes to the Network at both a local and national level to increase opportunities for film audiences and talent, delivering on commitments outlined in their five year strategy BFI The Hub in Wales works in partnership with over , arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners to develop inventive and inclusive ways for all people in Wales, the UK and beyond to experience British independent and international cinema, regardless of any barriers to access they may face.

With Chapter (Cardiff) as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) for Wales, the aim is to support the cultural exhibition sector through:

-       Inclusive audience development projects, which celebrate British (including Welsh) independent and international cinema, offering cultural choice, particularly to under-represented, rural communities and our young audiences in Wales,

-       Diverse research and data collection which enables us to understand the ever changing industry and the needs of film audiences,

-       Skills support to boost confidence, employment and the economy of our exhibition sector in Wales, preserving and growing our film industry,

-       Work more closely with our BFI NETWORK talent development partners in Wales to foster productive partnerships that bring filmmakers and audience development closer together.
 

Since 2013, thanks to the innovation of the Welsh exhibition sector, Film Hub Wales has supported over 150 exciting cinema projectsreaching over 261,000 audience membersWe've also been proud to develop projects in house such as Roald Dahl on Film, which travelled from Wales to Serbia, reaching as far as 149 sites. Off Y Grid, a pioneering project in North Wales, seeing eight venues working in partnership together to market independent releases to rural audiences and our Made in Wales Strategy which has offered support to the exhibition of 69 unique Welsh features since 2013, 24 of which would not have had a theatrical release. 

Inclusion underpins every project we undertake. Since 2016 we have been proud to lead the UK-wide BFI FAN Access for All Strategy on behalf of the Network and will continue to do so into the new phase of the project, with the support of the FAN Access Officer. We will work to increase the range and diversity of audiences engaging with film through FAN, building on the recent success of the Dementia Friendly Screenings Guide and World Alzheimer’s Month, to promote active participation and opportunities for all, both on screen and behind the camera.

Film Hub Wales’ Strategic Manager Hana Lewis explains

“It’s an exciting time for film in Wales and the team are incredibly proud to continue the work of the Hub. We have an extensive and motivated network of exhibitors Wales wide, overcoming technological, financial and geographic challenges to bring the best offer to audiences, whether that means more screens and choice, innovative events, or supporting new talent to find a way in to the industry.

At the heart of everything we do is inclusivity. From celebrations of diverse representation on screen year-round, to audience-facing projects that raise awareness, debate, profile young voices and heritage as part of the everyday cultural experience. Film Hub Wales is about working together to celebrate the experience and power of film.”

Looking ahead, the Hub will continue to develop a diverse and innovative programme of activity that boosts audiences for British and independent film, celebrate cultural film heritage in Wales, nurture the next generation of film enthusiasts and boost a skilled and diverse workforce.  More details will follow in Spring 2017.

CEO Chapter Arts Centre Andy Eagle says:
“The Chapter board and management are delighted to have been awarded a further four years of investment by the BFI to continue its important audience development role as the Film Hub Lead organisation for Wales. Since 2013, the Film Hub Wales team have developed a network of 135 Members across Wales and over 274,000 new audiences for specialist independent cinema. We aim to grow this further, as well as deliver specific Wales and UK-wide projects such as the Anim18 season of British Animation. Chapter will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2021 and this award will play a key part of those celebrations.”

Emyr Williams, Cinema Coordinator explains how the Hub has supported Pontio Bangor:

“Running a cinema can, ironically, be quite an insular experience and the existence of the Hub is essential in providing help, vision and support and this resource should never be under appreciated - we do really rely on this agency existing and flourishing.”

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, said:

“Central to BFI2022 is the cultivation of a richer diversity of those who are watching and making films in the UK. In BFI FAN we have a thriving network of audiences, curators and filmmakers, reaching across the whole of the UK and through all types of cultural spaces – from multiplexes through to film clubs – so by embedding a mission to develop film talent within it, we can offer an inspiring and inclusive environment where creativity can thrive. Thanks to all our partners who have worked tirelessly with us to build BFI FAN over the past five years and welcome to our new partners; we are excited by the opportunity to connect more people across the UK with the infinite joy of film.”

Regional Hubs can also be found in Scotland, Northern Ireland, London, and the newly restructured regions of the South East, South West Midlands and the North. In England, geographical changes see the Hubs now aligned with Arts Council England’s boundaries, creating improved potential for cultural partnerships and collaborations.
 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Geddes at Film Hub Wales via jennifer@filmhubwales.org or Lisa Nesbitt Lisa@filmhubwales.org
02920 311 067

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For other enquiries, please contact:

Lisa Nesbitt, Development Officer on 02920 311 067 or lisa@filmhubwales.org

Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager on 02920 353 740 or hana@filmhubwales.org

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