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November 2010

Film Agency holds Film Education Forum in Partnership with Skillset Media Academy Wales and BBC Video Nation Network

Film Agency for Wales funded Resistance by Owen Sheers begins Filming

Film Agency Funded Submarine, I am Slave and Patagonia in International Film Festival Line-up

Digital Shorts Wales

Dates for your Diary

Film Agency holds Film Education Forum in Partnership with Skillset Media Academy Wales and BBC Video Nation Network

Alyson Fielding, Senior Producer, BBC English Regions led a Video Nation Network event in conjunction with the Film Agency for Wales Film Education Forum and Stephen Morgan from BBC Big Screen.

Launched in 1993, Video Nation originally began as a BBC television project that encouraged people to record their lives on camera. Since then they have helped thousands of people make short personal films and have gone on to produce award winning documentaries. Now it has re-launched as an exciting online video sharing platform, Video Nation Networkand the website invites submissions to current BBC features and campaigns.

During the session participants learnt about the demands of a BBC commission and discovered how to nurture their film making talent by getting involved with the Network as a regular contributor.

The networking event brought film education practitioners together with community groups and young people in Wales to encourage creative filmmaking and offer opportunities for emerging digital filmmakers.

Full details about the Video Nation Network scheme can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/videonation/network/. You can also contact the video nation team through their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/videonationnetwork.

There are 18 BBC Big Screen sites across the UK where you can watch films and special events. There are two screens located in Wales, in the heart of Cardiff and Swansea. To find out how to screen content please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/big screens/

Film Agency for Wales funded Resistance by Owen Sheers begins Filming

Filming of Resistance commenced on the 16th October in Abergavenny, South East Wales (Sheers' home town) and stars Andrea Riseborough (Made In Dagenham) Tom Wlaschiha (Valkyrie) and Michael Sheen (The Damned United).

BAFTA-nominated and ambassador of FILMCLUB Wales, Michael Sheen plays Tommy Atkins, a secret service agent in this adaptation of the debut novel of one of Wales' most celebrated authors and poets Owen Sheers. Set in an alternative-history when a German counter-attack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied.

Sheers wrote the movie with writer/director Amit Gupta (Love Story). Richard Holmes (Waking Ned and Eden Lake) will produce alongside Amanda Faber, with BAFTA Cymru Award winner Richard Staniforth as executive producer. Oscar-winning Rachel Portman is attached to score the film which will be distributed in the UK by Metrodome.

Development support for the project was led by Film Agency Wales, the Munich-based distributor, Square One and the MEDIA fund in Europe Film Agency Wales have also followed through with an equity investment in the production.

Gupta, Sheers, Faber & Holmes commented, "We're delighted with the consistent, intelligent and focused support we've had from the team at the Film Agency. From script to casting they've been truly helpful partners."

Pauline Burt, Chief Executive of the Film Agency for Wales comments: "We are genuinely very excited to be working with Owen on his first feature film. Resistance is a beautiful novel with clear cinematic potential. The material's in very capable hands with the experience and credentials of the producer team, a director with real vision and a fantastic cast.

This terrific project presented a great opportunity for us to facilitate key Welsh talent, helping to build the film infrastructure for Wales, at the same time as showcasing Wales on-screen."

Film Agency Funded Submarine, I am Slave and Patagonia in International Film Festival Line-up

Executive Producer and actor Ben Stiller attended the premiere of Warp Films' UK coming-of-age comedy Submarine at the internationally renowned Toronto Film Festival.

Funded by the Film Agency for Wales, Film 4, the UK Film Council and the Wales Creative IP Fund, Submarine is the feature directorial debut of British television comedy creator Richard Ayoade. It stars Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins and Welsh newcomer Craig Roberts who has since gained one of the coveted 10 places in screen international's 'stars of tomorrow' list.

Written and directed by Richard Ayoade, the off-beat comedy tells the story of Oliver Tate, a young boy who must fight to save his mother from the advances of a mystic and simultaneously lure his eczema-strafed girlfriend in to the bedroom. Ayoade adapted the Submarine screenplay from Swansea born author Joe Dunthorne's novel. Mary Burke produced along with Mark Herbert and Andy Stebbing.

Gabriel Range'sI Am Slave also received its international premiere at the esteemed Toronto Film Festival. From the writer, Jeremy Brock,and producer, Andrea Calderwood,of the Oscar nominated The Last King of Scotland, the film was co-financed by the UK Film Council, Channel 4, Film Agency for Wales, Limelight and Molinaire.

Based on the real-life experiences of Mende Nazer, the story follows twelve-year-old Malia, as she is abducted from her Sudanese village in the Nubar Mountains by pro-government Arab militia and sold into slavery.

Also selected for the 54th London Film Festival was Patagonia, the tale of parallel lives and journeys of an elderly Argentinean woman's return to Wales and a young Welsh couple's travels through Patagonia. Starring Duffy, Matthew Rhys and Nia Roberts, the film was produced by Rebekah Gilbertson and directed by Marc Evans. Patagonia was funded by the Film Agency for Wales and sales agent The Little Film Company is now on board.

Submarine will be distributed by Optimum Releasing (March 2011). Patagonia will be released by verve (from 4th march 2011). I am slave is represented by Content International, who is currently fielding US offers with UK theatrical distribution anticipated to follow. For more information please contact enquiries@filmagencywales.com.

Digital Shorts Wales

Funded by the Film Agency and the UKFC's New Cinema Fund, Digital Shorts Wales produced a slate of 5 films in September 2010;

  • Jerusalem Dir: Ryan Andrews, Prod: Michael Wiggs, Duration 11'45''
  • The Bright Lights Dir: Hefin Rees Prod: Matthew Redd, Duration 14'45''
  • Worm Dir: Cyrus Mirza'shafa Prod: Samantha Price Duration 11'03''
  • Magpie Dir: Tony Hurley Prod: Mark John & Andrew Chainey Duration 10'35''
  • Nadger Dir: Catherine Linstrum Prod: Gethin Scourfield Duration 13'46''

The film-makers will be entering their films into festivals through the next year. It's My Shout will be arranging a screening of the films for cast and crew in November 2010 and will be present at key festivals through 2010 / 11, including Encounters, Clermont Ferrand, Edinburgh etc to promote the films which were all shot digitally and are available on Digibeta.

A compilation screener will be made available to venues shortly. For further information please contact adam@filmagencywales.com.

Dates for your Diary

Wales Specialist Film Exhibition Group, Previews and Programming Day- Chapter Arts Centre 2nd December ( 10.00am -5.30pm). Previews of Welsh films Patagonia and Third Star. Discussion of programming strands and joint programming initiatives. The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales will also be present to talk about what they can offer exhibitors who want to screen archive film.For more information please contact hana@filmagencywales.com.

Media Education Wales, FREE film education training day - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Saturday 27th November. For more details, and information on how to book, please visit:www.mediaedwales.org.uk/cpdaber

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