Vale of Glamorgan Cinemas Team up for New Film Events
Vale Venues is an inventive new partnership between Film Hub Wales and eleven mixed arts centres and community cinemas across the Vale of Glamorgan.
The venues will work together to promote films screenings at all eleven sites, giving rural audiences the best chance to find out what’s happening in their town or village.
Coordinated by the Memo Arts Centre in Barry, the largest independent cinema in the Vale of Glamorgan, the project will launch with a series of special ice-breakers film screenings across the cinema network in early 2019.
Vale Venues and the Memo will present a brand-new film festival that celebrates film under the theme 'Discovery', which will include screenings and film events.
Spanning from the Summer to Christmas 2019, the new film festival will be the first of its kind in the county.
“Cinema is vibrant in the Vale, with a variety of experienced organisations offering imaginative film activities for local audiences. There is huge potential to harness this within a film festival that brings isolated audiences together to celebrate their communities and find out what’s happening in their area year-round.” - Hana Lewis, Film Hub Wales
The Vale Venue CineFest19 will showcase cinema in adventurous places, create more family friendly events, engage with schools and provide more opportunities for inter-generational, dementia friendly and relaxed film events.
“We are excited to be working collectively with our partner cinemas to develop our partnerships, and are looking forward to presenting a film festival featuring a wide range of films for audiences across the Vale. We see the partnership as a great opportunity to encouraging cinema audiences to visit all our cinemas to see what we have on offer. We want to bring the best of films to the Vale, including cinema classics, British independents, shorts, animations, documentaries, international film, and even some homegrown Welsh content. - Kate Long, Memo Arts Centre
Venues involved in the project include:
Barn At West Farm
Colwinston Community Cinema
Cowbridge Big Screen
Dinas Powys Community Cinema
Llancarfan Community Cinema
Memo Arts Centre
“We identified the social value of community cinemas for the Vale and helped support them in their early days. It’s been great to see how these cinemas have developed to serve their own communities, and how new cinemas are still being formed. This scheme will mean that they can now come together to share skills, knowledge and promotion and to have a place where they can continue to learn from each other.” - Nicola Summer Smith, Creative Rural Communities
For more information about Vale Venues screenings and venues head over to the Vale of Glamorgan Cinema Network Facebook page or check the Barry Memo Facebook page.