Our 1st Film Festival took place in September 2016 and at the same time we hosted the Youth Cinema Network International conference when we welcomed young film makers, Festival directors and teachers from 14 Countries to Wales. It was a new adventure for all of us, with lots of film competitions, workshops, film screenings, discussions and special feature screenings with Q and A’s.
We celebrated Dahl as part of Roald Dahl on Film project and we also opened our new part time pop up community cinema at Rhyl Little Theatre Cidwm Sinema, Wicked Cinema. We are delighted to be working with Film Hub Wales and Gwynt Y Mor Community Fund to develop this cinema and train young people to help programme and run it!
We are also pleased to have the support of Children in Need which will help to develop a two year programme of film activities working with young people in Rhyl. This will include setting up Wicked Film Clubs.
As we develop our next Festival for October 2017, we would welcome your suggestions and ideas about what you would like to see.
- Jonathan and Rhiannon Festival directors
2017 will see our second International Youth Film Festival which will showcase short films made by young people between the ages of 6 and 26 in Wales and from all over the world. Categories will include documentary, animation, freestyle, fiction and categories for schools and community groups. We will also be looking to support the 26+ emerging first time film makers making those all important links with the film industry in Wales.
Closing date for entries will be the 1st July 2017 with competition forms available from the website in February 2017.
"Film is a truly international language that is able to cross borders and unite audiences from many different backgrounds"
- Carwyn Jones. First Minister of Wales, Welsh Government
"Discussing and exchanging ideas, experiences and examples of good practice and cooperation with members of the Network provides a huge
opportunity for exchanging programmes and projects"
- Boban Stefanovic. The Cultural Centre Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
We are delighted to be a member of the Youth Cinema Network (YCN). The Network's aims are to:-
"YCN is very important to us because we receive great films from other Festivals and we come into contactwith local and regional film
groups, media centres and film makers from other Countries"
- Detlef Fluch Dokumentarfilmproduktion, REC for Kids Berlin'
Festival members include Future Festival England, MICE Spain, Fresh Festival Ireland, Plasencia Encorto Spain, Timeline Italy, Vafi Croatia, Kid's Eye Hungary, Nordic Youth Film Festival Norway, International Youth Media Summit Nepal, Four River Festival Croatia, Short Film Festival Serbia, REC Festival Berlin Germany,Wicked Wales, Dubrovnik Festival Croatia, Media Lieracy Award Austria, Enimation Little Elephant Slovenia, Youki Austria, Festival de Cine de Zaragoza Spain, Camera Zizanio Greece, Luksuz Film Festival Slovenia.
"Appreciating other cultures;recognising similarities and differences; understanding the challenges facing others; broadening horizons, creating confident global citizens who are prepared to help change the lives of others - as well as their own"
- Jenny Scott, Director British Council Wales/Cymru.