As a part of Anim18, Film Hub Wales have curated a programme of short films made for and by young Welsh people. The animations tell a wide selection of stories ranging from the lived experience of young travellers to the political histories of women in WW2.
Films Available on DVD – HD Quality:
LETTING IN THE LIGHT – Letting in the Light animation project was a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Engage Cymru, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery and pupils of Pen y Dre High School and their Artist in Residence Adam Griffiths. The animation was facilitated by Gerald Conn of Gritty Realism Productions.(screener link: https://vimeo.com/224346765)
JUST LIKE THAT! – A short Arts Council of Wales funded film made with children from Bedwas Junior School following Tommy Cooper as he makes a whistle stop tour of his home town Caerphilly performing magic tricks that don’t always go to plan. Winner of the Media 4 Schools Best Animation Award 2013 and a Heritage for Schools Award in 2015.(screener link: https://vimeo.com/78536180 )
ALADDIN’S JOURNEY – This short animated film, inspired by the style of Chinese shadow puppets, tells the story of how Aladdin leaves home in search of his fortune and was made by pupils from Oakfield primary school. The film was funded by Arts Active at St David’s Hall. (screener link: https://vimeo.com/37267141)
TRAVELLERS TALES – THE REAL LIVES OF YOUNG GYPSIES – This film was made for Save the Children’s Travelling Ahead Project in which young Travellers talk about their views on negative stereotypes and how they would like to see things change. These interviews are illustrated with animation made by the young people during the summer of 2012. Selected for Sheffield Documentary Festival 2013.(screener link: https://vimeo.com/65775336 )
TALES IN THE TIMES – This story is inspired by the collections at the National Roman Legion Museum. Bethan Thomas and Jacob Rendle worked with Gritty Realism films to create this short animation. As part of the process they looked at Roman archaeology and learned animation techniques. The project was funded by People’s Collection Wales and organised by staff at the National Roman Legion Museum and Newport Communities First education team. (screener link: https://museum.wales/blog/2017-08-22/Tales-in-the-Tiles/)
Available on quicktime/mp4 files:
CITY OF DREAMS – Is an interegerational story told through layers of wallpaper. Live action introduction but the rest of the short is animation, animated Jane Hubbard. (screener link: https://vimeo.com/56988620)
MOMENTS OF GOLD – This film is about Josef Herman, the Polish Artist who lived in Wales. Directed by, Leonie Sharrock and Jane Hubbard. (screener link: https://vimeo.com/30941422)
POLITICAL ANIMALS – Made with Cyfarthfa Junior School in 2015 as part of the Into Film iPad filmmaking project. Produced by Winding Snake Productions, with Support from Into Film and First Campus.(screener link: https://vimeo.com/149648902 )
Available on DCP:
A BIRD IN A CAGE – This film uncovers the forgotten story of Lady Rhondda, one of these fascinating and revolutionary historical figures, whose groundbreaking work for women’s rights during the first half of the 20th Century has largely gone unrecognised until now. A WINDING SNAKE PRODUCTIONS film. Directed by LAUREN ORME. (screener link: https://vimeo.com/109969370)
FLASH BACK: I MUST NOT SPEAK OF THIS THING AS I MIGHT – This film is the creative response of pupils from schools in Abertillery and Cyfarthfa to their engagement with the social, cultural and human costs of war. The nine month Flashback project has offered students aged 9-18 an artistic lens through which to consider how we as humans respond to war. A WINDING SNAKE PRODUCTIONS film. (screener link: https://vimeo.com/98744526)
NEWPORT GUN GIRLS – Newport Gun Girls is a new immersive history and digital media programme from Winding Snake Productions. Throughout 2016, the team with Newport East Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers investigated what life was like for women workers based at Newport’s Royal Ordnance Factory 11 during the Second World War. (screener link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vNnNmawrvpQnV0ejZ2YmtVTm8/view)
Please note all of these shorts are free to screen and would be perfect for pre-feature presentations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any question and to book any of these films.