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Looking ahead: Highlights of Sinemaes 2017 at Eisteddfod

31 July 2017

Second year of Sinemaes promises 47 events and 50 guest speakers

Sinemaes content to be streamed live alongside fringe events to widen reach

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru and strategic partners have today confirmed the highlights of the second Sinemaes programme – the hugely popular cinema tipi at the National Eisteddfod.

Following the success of the inaugural Sinemaes, which attracted an audience of just over 2000 people at the Eisteddfod in Abergavenny last year, the organisers are promising even more opportunities for those attending the festival and from the local area to engage in a celebration of Welsh film and television.

Guest speakers taking part in the week’s programme include actors Julian Lewis Jones (Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Justice League, Stella); Aneirin Hughes (Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Pobol y Cwm, Under Milk Wood); Morfudd Hughes (Pobol y Cwm, Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Branwen); Huw Garmon (Rownd a Rownd, Pobol y Cwm, August, Hedd Wyn, Coronation Street); Catrin Mara (Albi a Noa, Pobol y Cwm, Casualty) as well as production talent such as director Lee Haven Jones (35 Diwrnod, Vera, Shetland).

Highlights will include 3 tribute events, including a reunion of the cast of 1970’s cult classic children’s series Miri Mawr to pay tribute to Anglesey-born producer, the late Peter Elias Jones; a screening of the 1995 film Branwen as tribute to the late JO Roberts and a screening of Pum Cynnig i Gymro (Bride of War) in memory of the series producer, the late Peter Edwards.

The screenings will also include exclusive premieres of new S4C television programmes. The first of the new series of Deuawdau Rhys Meirion (Rhys Meirion’s Duets) will be introduced by opera-singer Rhys ahead of its TV broadcast in September; the new Deian a Loli children’s series will be followed by a Q&A with the young cast and a new short film for children, Elen, written by actress and singer Lisa Jên Brown.

Other exciting activities for children include a workshop with Into Film Cymru where a group of budding filmmakers will make a film about the Eisteddfod in one day – with a screening that afternoon as well as a workshop with animator Huw Aaron, which will offer young creatives the chance to create their own superhero.

The screenings will also include nine features from the archive (some of which will be available with subtitles) including a special screening of Earth, with accompanied performance by R Seiliog. As a daily treat, Film Hub Wales will screen films from the 1920s-1960s from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales that form part of the online BFI Britain on Film: Coast and Sea collection. Due to the popularity of the archive screenings in 2016 there will be additional chances each day to watch these beautiful films with new soundtracks.

Discussions and debates will include celebrations of the popular S4C agriculture series Ffermio and soap Rownd a Rownd and the career of broadcaster Hywel Gwynfryn as Radio Cymru celebrates 40 years of broadcasting. The future of digital broadcasting in Wales will be the subject of a panel discussion chaired by TAC.

The week will be completed by a script reading of a new Welsh feature film and an accompanied screening of Fideo Hud - archive music videos curated and performed by young filmmakers from Off Y Grid.

Thanks to support from the Arts Council of Wales for the first time, Sinemaes will be offering non-Welsh language fringe events including screenings of Their Finest at Ucheldre in Holyhead and an acting for the screen workshop in Llangefni. Many of the Q&As will also be streamed live to the Sinemaes Facebook page for those unable to make it to the Maes this year.

All Sinemaes events are free to attend when you have an Eisteddfod ticket, are allocated on a first-come/first-served basis and the full programme can be seen here