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2017 SwanComm Film Festival Design

Join us for FREE film-making and photography workshops at the SwanComm Film Festival taking this Saturday, July 15th from 1:30 – 5 pm!

Back for the second year running the festival is kindly being hosted by the National Waterfront Museum and will feature premier films made during community film-making workshops, Q+A’s with film-makers and free film-making and photography workshops (register for a place here).

The culmination of Locws International’s Creative Participation Programme, the festival is organised and run entirely by participants from the programme which was a collaborative project between Locws International and Communities First. The project saw children, young people and adults throughout Swansea gain creative film-making skills and enabled community members to come together to learn the theory and technical skills of making films as diverse as documentary, comic-horror, and silent movies.  Under the engaging instruction of local filmmaker and editor Jamie Panton the groups gained skills in interview techniques, camerawork, directing, animation, filming on location, lighting and audio, and how to create the mise-en-scène. All in all, nine film-making courses were held and were attended by participants from Communities First areas, EYST, the African Community Centre and Blaenymaes Primary School and participants over the age of 16 were also given the opportunity to gain accreditations courtesy of Adult Learning Wales.

Siân Parker-Martin, Arts Outreach Co-ordinator for Locws International said, “The classes brought together people with a variety of backgrounds, abilities and ages, forging deeply needed connections within Swansea’s increasingly diverse and disparate communities.

Participants from the courses thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and the films produced by the groups really are fantastic and they should be really proud of their achievements. The project gives communities throughout Swansea a vital opportunity to come together to learn film-making skills, discuss and create films on subjects and issues of their choosing. We ensure that our film-making courses are always driven by what the group wants so this year we have a huge range of films which will be premiered at our free SwanComm Film Festival taking place at the National Waterfront Museum on July 15th.”

SwanComm Festival aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living in Swansea, explore this year’s theme of the Year 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’, but the festival has been designed to be a family event, complete with a Q&A after the screenings to discuss the films with those who made them. There will also be filmmaking workshops where people can have a go at making a short film, which will be available to view on YouTube post event.

Siân went on to say:

“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. It’s a measure of success that a large percentage of this year’s participants are returning learners from last year, and we aim to get enough interest from budding filmmakers to make this an ongoing entity.


Come and join us at the National Waterfront Museum on 15th July 1.30-5pm for films, workshops, fun and great prizes to see what all the talk is about!”

This project was supported by funding received from Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and the Big Lottery and was run in collaboration with Swansea Communities First, Adult Learning Wales and the National Waterfront Museum.

Another week and we’ve been in the Communities First’s North West Cluster at the South Penlan Community Centre. This was our final week working in the Communities First cluster areas as next week we’re moving on to work with children from Blaenymaes Primary School.

This week’s group wanted to make a film about Swansea and to do this we utilised our connections with the fabulous Poets on the Hill #POTHS creators of film Gaze Upon the Yonder from last year’s film-making workshops! The group went in to the city centre to capture shots of the people, places and changing moods of Swansea and they thought it would be great if the film could be accompanied by a poem about Swansea.

So, we got in touch with Poets on the Hill, a local poetry group and  to see if anyone had written poems about the city. We were extremely lucky as Gemma Collins, a member of the poetry group and a participant from last week’s film-making course stepped up and kindly wrote a poem for the film.

We were also fortunate to be joined by two excellent volunteers this week and would like to say a big thank you to Stuart and Georgina for all your help!

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Well what a wonderful week it’s been. We’ve had a brilliant, highly enthusiastic all women’s group this week and the group decided to make a film about gender and gender inequality. We had a great mix in the group this week with mums and daughters, participants from around the UK and Europe and Junior Miss Swansea.

The group discussions explored the issues around gender including gender identification and gender inequality. Can’t wait to see the finished film

Once again it was wonderful to see familiar faces among the participants as people who have attended our sessions in the past joined us for the course once again including people who have been volunteers and have come as a participants this time and those who have been participants who now volunteer with us.

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Women from Communities First South Cluster are pictured on Locws International's community film-making course in Swansea

Image from Video Preview of LOCWS International's 2017 Creative Participation Programme's Film-Making Sessions

A little preview of some of the Swansea Communities First community films created and brilliant groups from the first half of our 2017 Creative Participation Programme‘s accredited community film-making workshops including groups from the African Community Centre Wales, Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) and the North East, East and West Communities First clusters.

Huge thanks goes to Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, City and County of Swansea Council and WEA Cymru/ Addysg Oedolion Cymru / Adult Learning Wales for making this possible and to our tutor Jamie Panton and the Communities First support teams for all their help in putting the sessions together.

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Participants from Communities First North East Cluster's Film-Making Course at Seion Chapel Morriston

We’ve been in the Seion Chapel in Morriston this week with another great and hard-working group from the Communities First North East Cluster. Inspired by the beautiful chapel the group decided to film a ghostly story and had great fun with costumes and learning special effects to bring the film to life. The group worked really hard throughout the week so we’re looking forward to seeing the final piece!

It was also great to see familiar faces including our lovely volunteers from last week’s course and someone who had returned after being a participant in last year’s programme and brought a friend because he enjoyed it and go so much out of our programme.


LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Woman Decorated in British Flags from Communities First West Cluster's Film-Making Course at Mayhill Community Centre

We headed to the Communities First West Cluster this week to run our accredited community film-making course (thanks to WEA Cymru/Adult Learning Wales!) and were based in Mayhill Community Centre. It was a fantastic week filled with lots of fun, enthusiasm, games and animated discussions around the topic of memories. We even had people running around playing football, hopscotch and having street parties.

The brilliant participants chose to make a film looking at memories and the group discussed and looked at the differences between the past and the present.  All good material for what will surely be a great film.

Two of the group enjoyed it so much they will be joining us on next week’s course as volunteers!

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme Featuring Young People from Swansea's EYST Filming in their Offices

February half term was exceptionally busy this year as we ran back-to-back film-making workshops with participants from Swansea’s African Community Centre and the Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST). Over twenty young people learned film-making skills over four consecutive days with the aim of the course being to have finished films created and produced by the learners by the end of the sessions. The films created will go on to be featured in the summer’s 2017 SwanComm Film Festival, a participant led and organised community film festival.

The groups produced very different films with the young people from EYST focussing on belonging, identity and community and looking at the services EYST provide. Shahab Miah, a support worker from EYST told us that the group had really interesting in-depth discussions around the subjects they were exploring and the young people really tried to identify with people from all walks of the community in thinking about creating the film.

Young people from the African Community Centre created a spooktacular thriller. Their course was held by the National Waterfront Museum which provided a spectacular atmospheric backdrop for the film and the group had great fun having the run of the museum at night!

We can’t wait to see the finished films but in the meantime here’s a short preview of the film created by the young people from the African Community Centre…

New Independent Film Festival Set for Swansea’s Cinema & Co next month.

15.06.16 Evening Post article written by Geraint Thomas.

GET your popcorn ready! A new short film festival is coming to Swansea next month showcasing the best of community movie-making.

SwanComm Film Festival will see more than a dozen films, by aspiring local film makers of all ages, ranging from comedy-horror to animation and documentaries which have been created by residents and groups from across the county. Read more…

A group of young film makers from Sea View Primary School were given the opportunity to participate in an exciting 4-day film workshop in April 2016 with local artist and film-maker David Marchant.

The group chose the theme of ‘football’ for the film. See all the films made during our media workshops on our Locws International YouTube channelRead more…

Halloween is here and Art Across The City is celebrating with lots of spooky half term free activities for children and adults.

The Art Across The City info hub on Oxford Street, Swansea will have Halloween mask making based upon Jock Mooney’s Swansea Kebab in Castle Gardens. Mooney’s work itself will be transformed into a celebration of Swansea and Halloween, with Bonnie Tyler, The Swansea Devil and Swansea Jack all getting a spooky makeover.

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