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When you're not busy reviewing films, we would also love to hear what else you've been getting up to on the Afan project! Have you taken part in a workshop or did you like visiting one of the venues? Tell us all about it!"

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Rebecca's Zoom Experience

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Get into TV with ‘The Network’

 On behalf of Film In Afan, I recently attended the Zoom event ‘Get Into TV With The Network’.

Centered in the Atrium in Cardiff, the room was full to the brim with students, graduates and people with a passion for television. Where the talk quickly turned to the exciting opportunity of ‘The Network’.

 The Network is an intensive 4-day introduction to working in the television industry. It’s entirely free to apply and it is open for everyone, as long as you live and breath television this potentially could be an amazing opportunity.

What makes it particularly special is that the course will run at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. The festival is closed to the general public so, you will be allowed access into the worlds leading TV Festival, where you will be advised and taught by the very best in in the television industry. As well as the workshops, you will also have ample opportunity to go to all the evening social functions, which will be the perfect place to ‘Network’.

 After the talk, we then separated into groups and each given a different task detailing the criteria that we had to follow to pitch a programme idea. This was great practice for all those involved considering it would be this kind of exercise we would participate in, if chosen to attend the assessment day

With my group we developed the idea of  ‘Travelling On A Shoestring”. Where a celebrity such as Jack Whitehall, would try very different ways of travelling like sofa surfing for example. We would then document his no doubt hilarious struggles and the fellow travellers he met along the way.

Apparently this idea is a popular one because another group had suggested a similar programme at the Southampton session. 

Clearly a popular idea,

New show for BBC 3?



You can still apply, and it is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is trying to break into the television industry.

(Applications close on the 31st March 2014)



Rebecca Moore

(Film In Afan Volunteer)

New Venue Gets a Thumbs Up

Monday, March 03, 2014

Last week Film in Afan opened its doors at an exciting new venue in the heart of the Afan valley.

Staff and volunteers at Glyncorrwg Community Centre have been working tirelessly to transform the inside of the building into a temporary Cinema for young movie fans during school half term.

Justin and The Nights of Valour really had the young audience on the edge of their seats.

The film follows a brave young man called Justin who rebels against his father’s wishes for him to train to become a Lawyer, and instead sets off on a quest to become an honourable Knight just like his Grandfather. Along the way he meets the beautiful, feisty Talia, a quirky wizard called Melquiades, the handsome Sir Clorex and is mentored by three monks; Blucher, Legantir and Braulio, who teach and test him in the ancient ways of the Knights of Valour. Whilst an unlikely candidate for knighthood, Justin must rise to the challenge quickly when banished former knight Sir Heraclio and his army, led by Sota, return and threaten to destroy the Kingdom.

Film in Afan can report that the screening was a real success and got the thumbs up from the audience. We are looking forward to our next screening here and will confirm the date and the movie soon.  If you have any suggestions for screening a film at Glyncorrwg Community Centre or would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you.

Ready for the year ahead!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Film in Afan enjoyed a great year in 2013, with over 20 movie screenings for all audiences to enjoy throughout the Afan valley.

Our specialist trainers were kept busy running all manner of exciting workshops for schools, small businesses and anybody interested in gaining film making or animation training.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without our steadily growing army of amazingly talented volunteers who made sure everything ran like clockwork.  

We are so excited for the year ahead.  We have our first screening, "Sunshine on Leith" coming up on Thursday January 30th, at Gwynfi Miners Community Hall and have just confirmed the critically acclaimed "Philomena" for Thursday February 27th, also at Gwynfi Hall. Don't worry we will be regularly screening at other venues up and down the valley too.

In the meantime we are busy making plans for the year ahead.  Keep checking back regularly or follow us on Twitter or  Facebook ,for updates of screenings, special events and courses.

If you would like to get involved with Film in Afan or have any suggestions, we would love to hear from you. You can get in touch here.

Local Boxing Film Packs A Punch

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Film in Afan were recently proud to premiere ‘The Fight Game’ a fly on the wall documentary made by up and coming sports journalist, Ciaran Gibbons, a passionate sports fan and self taught film maker from Blaengwynfi in the upper Afan Valley.

The Fight Game follows the rise of local boxer Aled Cook on his journey from amateur level boxing to turning professional. It also features many famous faces of the boxing world, including Chris Eubank, Ricky Hatton and WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, who all show their support for the rising star and give candid interviews on what it is really like to be in the professional world of boxing.

Blaengwynfi locals came out on mass to show their support for the grassroots film which really proved to be a big hit. There was also a speech made by the Deputy Mayoress, Susan Sudnik who expressed how talented Ciaran Gibbons and Aled Cook are.

"I was really pleased with how it went," said Ciaran.  "I wanted to put something on for the village, as people knew I had been making it. I also wanted to raise awareness about the Miners Community Hall.

He added "I would now like to enter the documentary in film festivals and to see what reaction it gets and I would also like to see it on television".

Film in Afan would like to wish Aled Cook who attended the Premiere, all the best for his journey to the top, and look forward to seeing Ciaran's next piece of work.

Celebrating a local acting legend

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Film in Afan were recently involved with a very special evening at the Colliers Arms pub in Pontrhydyfen, to mark what would have been the 88th birthday of locally born, acting legend, Richard Burton.

Film in Afan have been working in close collaboration with Neath Port Talbot council’s Tourism Team, who have been running a series of events to celebrate the life and work of Burton. These events have included guided tours, exhibitions, academic lectures and even a 10k fun run!

In this finale to the birthday celebrations, fans were in for a real treat with an evening screening of Tony Palmers award winning 121-minute biographical documentary, “In From the Cold:  The World of Richard Burton”. This was followed by a question and answer session by the director himself, who agreed to come along as guest of honour.

Tony Palmer provided the already captivated audience with many anecdotes of time spent working and socialising with his close friend Richard Burton.

“I made this documentary in 1988 on the request of Richards last wife Sally. I was fortunate in being able to include a number of interviews that I had done with Richard in the past”

 People were happy to provide me with footage and I spent a great deal of time interviewing his many siblings, who helped to tell the real story of Richard’s journey from Pontrhydyfen to Hollywood”. 

Tony Palmer’s documentary made a real impact on the audience. Afterwards many got inline to thank palmer personally for his highly informative and touching tribute to their hero. There was also an opportunity to look at the Richard Burton Archive exhibition, which had been kindly brought along by Swansea University.

Film in Afan would like to thank Tony Palmer for taking time to make the trip down from London to attend this event.

We would also like to thank The ‘Souled-Out’ ladies Choir for their very fitting entertainment and The Colliers Arms for providing such a fantastic venue. 

If you would like to find out more information about getting involved with Film In Afan or if you have a suggestion for a film that you would like to see in our community, please get in touch.

Pictures on the Move

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Film in Afan has had a fantastic nine months of screening films in the Afan Valley. Since our first showing in October, we have held 14 screenings across the valley with 528 audience members attending. We have screened a variety of genres, including children’s animations, musicals and blockbusters, and have received extremely positive feedback from audience members.


As well as screening films across the Afan Valley, we have been working in all of the five schools providing film literacy workshops and training in film-making. In fact, 401 young people have engaged in new extra-curricular activity through film, which they would not have otherwise had access to. We look forward to the new school year and working with the pupils of the Afan Valley’s schools in creating, watching and learning about film.

In addition to providing training in schools, Film in Afan tutors have been delivering workshops across the valley, providing creative film-making OCN workshops and animation sessions. We have been popping up at community events and working with youth services, as well as offering taster workshops to community members as part of the Communities First Pick N Mix Programme. Please contact us if you have an interest in learning new skills in film-making, and we’ll advise you on the training available.


 We finish off August with two screenings at Gwynfi Miners Community Hall, a venue that is run by the community for the community. We have children’s classic comedy/animation Hotel Transylvania (PG) and an epic crime drama The Place beyond the Pines (15). Please come and support your hall and local cinema, with tickets starting at £1.50 (concessions), refreshments available to buy and comfy cushions!

We are looking forward to screening films in new venues from September, including Croeserw Community Enterprise Centre, Glyncorrwg Memorial Hall and Bryn Betws Lodge in Tonmawr. We will also be hosting special events such as documentaries with Q and A discussions, scary movies in the woods and bike-related films at cycle trail launches. If you have any ideas of interesting places to screen films in the Afan Valley, our next programming meeting is at 3rd September at 6:00 pm, Croeserw Community Enterprise Centre. If you are interested in coming please get in touch:

Film in Afan would like to say a huge thank you to our partners, supporters, audience members and amazing volunteers, and ask for your continued support going into year two of the project. We are always on the look-out for willing volunteers and we have opportunities for all, so please get in touch if you would like to help in the running of your community cinema.

 Please spread the word about our film screenings and the training we have on offer, and keep up to date by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter @FilmInAfan.

Past, Present & Future

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Since the project’s official launch in November we have been very busy setting up screenings and delivering film workshops across the Upper Afan Valley. In fact we have worked with over 400 community members so far!

Screenings at Pen Afan Primary School in Blaengwynfi always go down a storm, with a family friendly programme of films such as Ice Age 4, Brave and The Lorax.

Film in Afan have been working with GB3C (a group of young volunteers in Glyncorrwg) to provide films for the community .They provided a treat at Christmas with A Christmas Carol and most recently a taste of India and slice of cake, with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in March. We continue to work with GB3C to provide screenings in The Noddfa Hall and are looking at screening the award winning Les Miserables very soon.

Our opening screening in Croeserw Community Centre Wreck It Ralph attracted a family audience, who all thoroughly enjoyed the film and the experience. Audience members commented on the “warm, comfortable welcoming atmosphere” and “great sound and visual” and we hope to attract a bigger this audience with a screening of Jack and the Giant Slayer in July.

We are looking forward to working for the first time with Blaengwynfi Hall, in May with volunteers from the Community. Blaengwynfi's matinee screening will take place on Thursday May 30th and we look forward to working with volunteers to make the screening a success. 

As well as bringing pictures to the community centres and schools of the Upper Afan Valley, Film in Afan has been delivering a whole host of film training to people of all ages. 

Media Education Wales have been delivering intergenerational projects with the schools, which has seen pupils interviewing parents and getting them involved in the film-making too!

Chapter and Reel Ed have been talking film literacy with the schools and discussing films such as A Bugs Life and Matilda in the classroom. Chapter Education has also been running drop in sessions at the valley’s youth centres, boxing clubs and rugby clubs.


We are also excited to be working with Communities First in providing taster workshops in film-making in Cwmavon, Blaengwynfi. Croeserw and Glyncorrwg. For more information please visit :

There is lots more activity to come very soon including a Film Academy, Animation Workshops run by Gritty Realism, taster film-making workshops supported by Communities First  and plenty more screenings at Community Centres near you. If you are interested in any of the activity on offer please contact for more information.

We’ll be announcing the summer programme very soon and working in some new venues, so please keep your eyes peeled and visit us for a screening soon.

Twitter: @FilmInAfan 

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For now….That’s all folks!

Film in Afan in the news

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Since its launch, the Film in Afan project has been in the news! Read some of the stories here:

Mobile cinema launched in Upper Afan Valley - BBC Wales

Community film project revs up - South Wales Evening Post

Port Talbot’s mobile cinema project - alt.cardiff 

Tell us your stories!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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