Who we are
The only UK festival dedicated principally to films from Africa, Asia &
Latin America, WOW showcases thought provoking, eye-opening films from
places you rarely get to see on screen. For 20 years we have brought a
wide range of the very best international films to cinemas across Wales.
By screening online WOW is now reaching an even wider audience across
the UK giving film fans their only chance to see titles that have
entertained audiences at festivals across the world.
"The accessibility and diverse range of storytelling - discovering my
new favourite film of the year which I otherwise wouldn’t have heard of,
let alone seen!"
"As usually it is the high quality of the films.... I find the films
at WOW festival really deep, eye-opening and a great opportunity for
“The variety of films, the ability to book in advance. The whole thing
was incredibly well organised with some fantastic films. The opportunity
to donate or not meant those suffering from low income could
MEET THE TEAM
Born in West Wales, Rhowan Alleyne left at age 18 to study Japanese and History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She enjoys finding intimate, expressive and visually arresting films that expand people's minds and horizons.
A freelance film programmer for thirty years, in 2001 David Gillam founded WOW Wales One World Film Festival.He has been its artistic director ever since. Between 2003 and 2013 David was also the first director of Borderlines Film Festival that grew to become the UK’s largest rural film festival under his leadership.
Annita Nitsaidou left Greece and her multicultural background to study Film Exhibition and Curation in Edinburgh. A lover of films and the unknown, there’s nothing she loves more than travelling around the globe (and beyond) through worldwide cinema.
"The diversity of films, earth/women/indigenous people - it was like
travelling the world from our armchairs... free so easily
"I never usually have time to get to film festivals. But with wow
online, I really did feel like I'd had a fantastic cultured time."
"Hearing indigenous voices, hearing the sounds of different languages
spoken, seeing different terrains from parts of the world I will never
see but that my life here impacts upon. Humbling and sobering."
"Being able to watch them with my children at home at an affordable
donation. I would never risk taking them to the cinema to see this kind
of film as it's too expensive for me."
"...the ease of the technical side was empowering."
We believe unequivocally that we are in the midst of a climate and ecological emergency. And that consequently we all need to change the way we live, work and enjoy ourselves so as to reduce our impact on the planet.
In March we undertook an analysis of our first online film festival. The carbon footprint of our online festival was 97% lower than our previous ‘in cinema’ festival. This is chiefly due to reducing the impact of people driving to the cinema.
The report can be found here.
The logical conclusion of this is that all future festivals should be run solely online. Of course this is not an easy decision to make for those of us who very much enjoy spending time together talking about films.
How do you our audience feel? Do the social benefits of meeting in person outweigh the negative impact of the miles driven to get together?
Can we arrange an effective car share policy to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint?
What do you suggest?
Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org