SwanComm Film Festival 2017
15th July, National Waterfront Museum 13:30-17:00pm
The Swancomm Film Festival returns for its’ 2nd annual event in Swansea, and it’s bigger and better! There will be screenings of community-made shorts films on the theme of Swansea, and Welsh myths & legends, and Photography and Filmmaking workshops where you can be involved in making your own film at this family friendly event.
We are extremely lucky this year to be hosted at the wonderfully spacious National Waterfront Museum, where screenings will be running in blocks of 3 short films followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers, after which you can attend a workshop and learn some of the skills they learned in putting together a film of your own, which will be later edited and available to view on YouTube.
The festival is a partnership project between LOCWS International, the WEA YMCA CC CYMRU, and all five cluster areas of Communities First in Swansea, initiated via the local authorities’ Swansea Creative Learning Partnership. Swansea residents have been attending courses led by local filmmaker and editor Jamie Panton to gain accredited qualifications in film & media, and learn skills in using still cameras, video cameras, green screening, animation and editing, directing, interviewing and the theory of filmmaking. Many of these people had never held a camera before, and have left with transferable skills and a burning desire to keep filming. A full list of filmmakers and participants is on the Credits tab at the top of the page.
The classes have brought together groups with a variety of backgrounds, abilities and ages, forging deeply needed connections, within Swansea’s increasingly diverse community, which was explored in the film ‘Tales of a City’. SwanComm aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living here, explore this year’s theme of legends, and make people laugh. Some of the films were made by children, for children, and some are more suitable for over 12’s like B-movie horror romp ‘Zombie Sharks’. We want SwanComm to continue to grow and our objective is that this event inspires more people to get involved with their local community and get creative.
Entry is free, but with a suggested donation of £3 per adult ticket and £2 per child ticket. Any funds will go into growing the SwanComm filmmaking workshops so they can continue free, and give budding filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds the chance to work with this versatile medium. Even if the tickets are free we recommend booking in advance to ensure a place on the workshops as space is limited
We are asking for sponsorship, donations and raffle prizes and to make this the biggest and best SwanComm so far, and ultimately to raise funds toward the equipment, and running of regular community filmmaking workshops in Swansea. We LOVE Filmmaking, and we want others to enjoy it too, to be given a voice and have the opportunity to explore their world through the medium of film with your help. All support is gratefully received.