A little over two years ago a bunch of friends sat in a bar and discussed the possibility of screening some films from around in the world in the heart of the South Wales Valleys.
A few of us had been fortunate to attend film festivals around the world, in Amsterdam, in Berlin but also in Prizren and Jihlava - smaller places, difficult to reach but with a special atmosphere that was hard to match. We had a dream that we could do the same for Blackwood and make Caerphilly a mecca for filmmakers and audiences from all over the world.
Two years later we've reached our third edition which seems like a milestone for a volunteer led festival that relies on the support and kindness of friends, families (thank you to mine for being patient), community, partners and the good people at Blackwood Miners Institute, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Creative Europe without whom none of this can happen.
What's new this year? We've broadened our screenings to include, alongside regular partners at Maxime, Wales' oldest cinema, The Market Hall in Brynmawr and The Blackwood Little Theatre. This year we've increased the number of short films we're screening to take into account the high quality of submissions we've had. The features have come to us from all over the world, from as far away as Argentina (Monger) but also from just across the Severn (The Mayor's Race). Once again we'll be waiting for you and wishing you a warm Welsh welcome to Blackwood and hope you'll return to see us again next year and that maybe these films you're about to see will inspire you to think about the world in a new way.