Rhowan is WOW's marketing officer. As a Japanese language graduate (SOAS), unsurprisingly she is a massive fan of Kore-eda Hirokazu, Beat Takeshi and all things Ghibli.
The 2020 edition of the WOW Film Festival will take place at venues across Wales from 7th March.
We're currently in the process of selecting the films, with some strong contenders.
Watch this space in the New Year for further news.
Hatidze climbs a Macedonian hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Back at her homestead she tends to her handmade hives. But when a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.
“This amazing documentary, a multiple prize-winner at Sundance 2019, makes for the most primal of environmental allegories.” TORONTO STAR
Open Call for short films from Wales
WOW "Wales One World" Film Festival is looking for short films from Wales to screen alongside festival features and at community and outreach events.
Have you made a film that you would like WOW to screen? We are keen to find films about life in Wales or beyond, including themes such as the environment, diversity, culture or global issues.
Galwad Agored am ffilmiau byr o Gymru
Mae Gŵyl Ffilm "Cymru a’r Byd yn Un" WOW yn chwilio am ffilmiau byr o Gymru i'w dangos ochr yn ochr â phrif ffilmiau’r ŵyl ac mewn digwyddiadau cymunedol ac allgymorth.
Ydych chi wedi gwneud ffilm yr hoffech i WOW ei dangos? Rydym yn awyddus i ddod o hyd i ffilmiau am fywyd yng Nghymru neu y tu hwnt, gan gynnwys themâu fel yr amgylchedd, amrywiaeth, diwylliant neu faterion byd-eang.
Here's our short film about a very enjoyable project working with Mencap Ceredigion to set up an animation club and create Abercon, Ceredigion's own inclusive anime convention.
Many thanks to Bethan Kench and family, Jake Whittaker, Hannah Rounding and all the particpants, businesses, volunteers and support!
WOW connects Welsh communities with global issues through the powerful medium of film.
In recent years public funding for film festivals in Wales has become increasingly limited so we are appealing to our audiences for support.
Many of the films that we show are not in distribution in the UK so your only chance to see them is at WOW Film Festival. However this also means they are more expensive for us to bring to Wales.
The funds raised through this crowd funding campaign will go towards paying the screening fees for next year's festival. This will allow us to continue to bring you the kind of adventurous, eclectic range of films that you have enjoyed over the last 18 years.
Thanks to the generosity of one of our loyal supporters any donation you make, however small (or indeed large!) will be matched, doubling the value of your gift to the festival.
If you would like to donate, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/wow-film-festival-2020
I couldn't finish up today without a quick post to say thank you to everyone involved in making today's anime convention #abercon a roaring success! Bethan, Jan, Dylan, Roger, at Mencap Ceredigion plus numerous volunteers, Robin's Nest comic book store, Game Park who came with virtual reality headsets, Hannah and Gemma who came to run a drop in animation workshop throughout the day, and Ben Lake MP who cut short his visit to the Plaid Cymru conference just to join us. And especially all the cosplayers and the wonderful staff at Aberystwyth Arts Centre for accommodating us.
Here are a few pictures from the day. There will be more to follow!
For the second year running, WOW Film Festival has succeeded in curating a programme in which half the films are F-Rated, meaning that they are either directed or written by women. After 2018’s 50% F-Rated programme, I questioned whether we would be able to maintain that ratio in future years. But once again in 2019 women filmmakers continue to be prominent among the most striking and relevant voices in world cinema today.
Notable F-Rated films in WOW’s programme include Cathy Yen’s Dead Pigs (Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Prize) from China, Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage (Honourable Mention Best Film London Film Festival) from Colombia, Renée Nader Messora’s The Dead and the Others (Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival) from Brazil, Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young (Best Director Locarno International Film Festival) from Chile and Mouly Surya’s Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (Winner Special Award Asia Pacific Film Festival) from Indonesia.
Today, to honour International Women’s Day I’d like to put the spotlight on two extraordinarily intimate documentaries that gained unprecedented access to women’s lives in Libya and Japan: Freedom Fields and Ama-san.
The 2019 WOW Film Festival trailer is here!
This year's festival has a global-rural theme, with a strong selection of South-American films, more than a hint of shamanism and our usual F-Rated focus - more than half the films in the programme are either directed or written by women!
We're also bringing Aberystwyth it's first comicon style convention, Abercon, a partnership event with Mencap Ceredigion, whose idea it was!
Tickets are now on sale too!
This intelligent feel-good film tackles urgent global issues with wry humour and a playful, genre-bending wit. Independent, feisty 40-something Halla is not just the life and soul of the local choir but also leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist.
A moving tale full of memorable images interspersed with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour. Living in a yurt amid the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook seem to be the last people still living the traditional way.
Subversive, gorgeously shot and truly unusual, this is a finely-executed mash-up of Tarantino, spaghetti Western and Indonesian folk tale complete with poison berries, machete-wielding women, rape, murder, revenge and headless ghosts.
A serenely intimate portrait of three generations of Japanese diving women, their mothers and grandmothers whose delicate bodies transform underwater into those of sea hunters. The ama-san’s way of life dates back 2,000 years and their mysterious rituals seemingly come from such a faraway and dreamlike past.
Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest directors of world cinema, set this groundbreaking social satire about the changing roles of women in Indian society in his native city, bustling Calcutta.
Football, feminism and revolution are the subjects of this extraordinary documentary, shot over the course of five years following the Arab Spring. The Libyan women's football team is made up of a diverse group - the captain is a petro-physicist, the family of one of the players is displaced and the goalkeeper is training to become a doctor.
With a tone that recalls Apocalypse Now this presents a breathtaking journey through the Amazon from a native perspective that captures the extraordinary landscapes with a haunting sense of wonder. The last surviving member of his tribe, native shaman Karamakate leads the two interlocking stories of European travellers in search of a rare healing plant.
Liberated by the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, a group of families set up an isolated community under the Andes, where they hope to build a new world away from the excesses of urban living.
Smartly-executed by Danis Tanovic (an Oscar winner for No Man’s Land) he balances both the inspirational true story of the whistle-blower at the heart of the Nestle baby-milk scandal and the wrap-around story of how films that question corporate irresponsibility are squashed by legal threats.
What does it feel like to trek overland across Africa, risk the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean and then find oneself stuck in limbo in the Sardinian countryside? This is the dilemma En Route explores with two groups of young African men who find life in Europe rather different from what they’d expected.
In this mysterious thriller, Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) expands upon a Murakami Haruki short story to create a psychologically engrossing, moral tale about modern Korean youth, wounded love, class conflict and male envy.
Set among the indigenous tribal community of Pedra Branca, this is an atmospheric, visually poetic portrait of a young man resisting his destiny as a shaman.