WIDF 2016 hosted over 600 visitors and offered a variety of industry, training and entertainment events open to ticket holders. The events were divided between Blackwood Miners' Institute (BMI) and the Maxime Cinema on the High Street.
The festival was visited by 17 delegates from all over the UK, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Poland as well as guests from India, China, Russia and Germany.
The festival's relatively small scale allowed visitors and industry to connect and develop professional relationships in a way that would not have been possible in a much larger festival.
Day 1 of the festival was dedicated to raising awareness of opportunities in the Creative Industries.
In partnership with training providers and universities, Blackwood Miners' Institute was the setting for a day of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-ones aimed at inspiring young people to explore pathways into education, training and work in the Creative Industries.
Trainers and employers at Pathways included:
- Mint Motion - Graphics and CGI
- Gorilla - Post Production
- Aerial Craft - Drone helicopter
- Calan Films - Documentaries and Promos
- Serious Datum & Atticus Digital
- Awen Media
- Royal Television Society
- Cult Cymru/BAFTA
- Ffilm Cymru Wales
- Iris Prize/Ffresh
- Pensord Printers
- It’s My Shout
- Eleanor Beer
- South Wales Police - Media Dept
- Gwent Police - School Beat
NETWORKING & CO-PRODUCTION
On day 2 of the festival, over 100 filmmakers and broadcasters attended the Commissioners' Brunch and co-production platform.
Sponsored by Creative Europe, the co-production panel included 2 Oscar nominees (Andre Singer, Kimberley Warner). Heads of factual at BBC network, Channel 4, S4C and VICE online also attended.
FACTUAL COMMISSIONERS BRUNCH
The BAFTA Cymru Commissioners series, in partnership with Creative Europe Wales offered the chance to hear from leading commissioners in the UK:
- Llion Iwan, S4C
- Andrew O’Connell, ITV
- Rhys James, VICE
- Jamie Balment, BBC
- Anna Miralis, Channel 4
The event featured a panel discussion and insights into commissioning priorities, followed by 1-2-1 sessions with the panelists.
WIDF 2016 offered visitors several inspirational, in-depth masterclasses delivered by award-winning practitioners. These included an editing masterclass with Oscar nominated editor, Ariadna Fatso-Vila, a Cinematography session with renowned veteran, Jacek Petrycki, a session on Crowd Funding with filmmaker Gordon Main and Pitching with Tom Ware from Yeti Media.
All films selected for the Creative Feature and Short Doc categories were screened at the Maxime Cinema and judged by a jury during the festival. Many of the films were followed by Q&A sessions with the directors, producers and cinematographers.
This year's gala screenings included award-winning films, 'MAVIS!' and 'I Believe in Miracles'. Following the awards ceremony on the final night of the festival, the winning films in the Feature and Short categories were screened.