Celebrating three years of Film In Afan with Dark Horse


On Wednesday 1st July, Ffilm Cymru Wales will join members of the Afan community to toast the third year of their pioneering mobile cinema scheme Film in Afan.

Held in the grounds of Pen Afan Primary School, the event will feature a marquee screening of Sundance award-winning Welsh documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, as well as films made by young people from the local community, and live music. Star of the Dark Horse tale, Jan Vokes, will also attend as a special guest.

The evening will celebrate the success of Film in Afan, which has put film at the heart of community regeneration. Devised and managed by Ffilm Cymru Wales, this flagship project was launched in 2012 by Huw Lewis (then Minister for Culture), using mobile facilities and digital learning to bring back cinema to the area after a 50 year hiatus. Since then, Film in Afan has provided monthly film screenings for the whole family at schools and community centres, as well as education workshops and special events. The project was made possible by a £250,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund Wales, and has been delivered in partnership with local and creative industry partnerships, and local businesses including the Upper Afan Federation, Communities First, NPT Arts, Chapter Arts Centre, Learn About Film, Vattenfall and Gritty Realism.

Over 2,000 people have so far attended screenings of a diverse range of films, from blockbuster animations to independent cinema and films made within the community, whilst education workshops have been provided to more than 900 people, offering new skills, experience and employment opportunities.

FfCW Chief Executive Pauline Burt comments
“Film in Afan has been and continues to be one our most rewarding projects. We’ve learnt from the community and the network of partnerships how to best develop the digital, education, business and cultural offer to meet the needs of this specific area and the local community. In turn, they have fully embraced it. We see locals going to film screenings up to 20 times a year – way over and above the national average. Importantly, the project has repurposed existing buildings – from the miner’s institute, to the local care home and library – using places that are valued by the community.

We’re now working on the next phase with ambitions to extend the project in time and across new locations, with the support of the Arts Council of Wales to continue the programme’s activity."


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Weds 11th Nov, 2015

Cymmer Afan Library
at 15:00pm & 19:00pm

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