The training providers for the Film in Afan project are all experienced in their field and will bring an exciting programme of training opportunities in film making and film literacy to the Valley.

Chapter Arts Centre

Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration. We offer an ever-changing programme of the best performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world. Chapter is the flagship for the contemporary arts in Wales and is one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe with studios, café, award-winning bars, over 60 cultural workspaces and more! 


Sally Griffith:

With a background in film education, Sally is the Head of Chapter Cinema, curating a year round programme of independent, world cinema, plus special events such as film festivals, guest Q&As and silent film with musical accompaniment, together with a wide range of lifelong learning events. Chapter has 2 cinema screens as well as a gallery, theatre, cafebar and over 50 resident companies. Sally is also currently the Chair of the Wales Specialist Film Exhibition Group, a network of independent exhibitiors operating venues across Wales.

Matt Beere:

As Film Education Officer at Chapter Matt’s responsibilities include designing, developing, delivering and fundraising for a Wales-wide programme of film based education activity. As Director of Reel Education, he generates new film literacy projects in schools, HEIs, community organisations, youth projects, and prisons, developing strong partnerships with other practitioners in the education and cultural sectors, as well as giving informal consultations on film education practice. In both positions he is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects that engage with the cultural, creative and critical aspects of film education.

Elis Jones:

Elis is a graduate in Modern Foreign Languages, a qualified teacher and librarian. His career started as a teacher of German and French; among other teaching work he undertook in the early 1970s was as an extra-mural lecturer in Film Appreciation at the School of Art in Shrewsbury.

Elis was also responsible for the fulltime film programme at Theatr Clwyd in Mold, as well as all the live performances which were not the work of the resident theatre company. Subsequently Elis held various other positions including director of Trinity Arts Centre Gainsborough, Cinema Development Manager at Valleys Arts Marketing in Aberdare, and Director of the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of people with Learning Disabilities in south Wales.

Elis specialises in delivering Film Literacy workshops across Wales, and in the Welsh Marches. He works with young people and adults of all ages, including work with schools, colleges and film festivals. Films studied include films from around the world.

Media Education Wales

Media Education Wales is a non-profit limited company with over 20 years’ experience of teaching about film, media and filmmaking. We provide workshops and projects for children, young people and adults, training for teachers, and teaching resources. They are based in Cardiff but work all around the UK, Europe and beyond
Director Tom Barrance has run projects, workshops and delivered training across the UK and beyond. Tom is particularly interested in ensuring that children's filmmaking is informed by an understanding of film language, and using non-mainstream and non-traditional film forms to encourage creativity and extend children's awareness of moving image culture and heritage. Recently Tom has led several projects in areas of social deprivation which have linked filmmaking to creative writing, music-making and poetry. He devised the interactive resources Making Movies Make Sense and Editsense and wrote the free guide Using Film in Schools.

Gritty Realism:

Gritty Realism is an award winning Animation Company based in South Wales. They have a significant track record in delivering targeted film education initiatives including First Light and Heritage Lottery projects. As one of four partners on the Film Agency's Reach the Heights project and having worked with the Afan Valley community in the past, they are well equipped to deliver accredited animation, story boarding and technical filmmaking workshops to complement the film literacy aspects of the programme.

Managing director Gerald Conn, , is an award winning animator and filmmaker with over twenty years of experience whose films have been broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC and shown at numerous international festivals.

He specialises in sand-on-glass animation and won the 1998 BAFTA Cymru best animation for his film The Comet's Tale (1998). Gerald has taught animation for a number of years in schools and colleges, running workshops around the world. He has made music videos that have been screened on MTV in the UK and abroad. In 2009 Gerald represented the Welsh animation industry at the Smithsonian Folk life Festival in Washington DC and in 2010 his feature animation project Heart of Darkness, based on Joseph Conrad's novel, was selected to be presented in development at the Cartoon Movie forum in Lyon.


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