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WGU ten years

Glyndwr University plays host to a celebration of Welsh filmmaking talent, Danish TV, and renowned film industry industry guests

14 February 2013 Main text

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ffresh – the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales, which takes place from Feb 20 – 22 at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham, has announced its programme for the 2013 event.

The festival opens with the Welsh premiere of Vinyl by Welsh filmmaker Sara Sugarman (director of Very Annie Mary and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen).

Loosely based on The Alarm’s record-biz hoax of recording a single under a fictitious band name – fronted by the much younger Welsh group The Wayriders – to expose the shallow and youth orientated side of the music business, the film was shot in Rhyl and has been described as School of Rock meets This is Spinal Tap. Prior to the screening the festival will play host to a special performance from The Alarm’s Mike Peters who provides both the inspiration and soundtrack for the film.

Other highlights of the festival include masterclasses from the Oscar winning VFX company The Mill; tomato (the London based design collective co-founded by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith from the group Underworld); renowned Producer and co-founder of Virgin Records Nik Powell; and Bertel Schmidt from DR (the Danish broadcaster) who will be talking about the secret of their success in producing hit shows such as The Killing.

There will also be sessions featuring up and coming directors from Wales; TV professionals offering insights into the industry; and the final of the Terror in 20 Seconds! competition where filmmakers have to submit an idea for an original horror short film and a 20 second clip that gives the audience a flavour of what to expect. All the entries will be shown during festival and 5 entrants with the best ideas will be asked to pitch their idea to a panel of horror experts who will choose one winner to receive £500 towards making their film.

The festival programme also features all of the shortlisted work from the prestigious ffresh Awards and ffresh Works, showcases featuring the best of the best in student work from around the world chosen by ffresh’s international partner festivals, 5 new short films commissioned by S4C, and 2 short films about Wrexham commissioned by the Co-operative Cymru Wales.

The three day festival now in its 10th year is recognised as a must attend event for students who are interested in film, television and new media. The organisers however are keen to highlight that all the screenings and events are open to the public.

"What a fantastic programme of events, speakers and screenings we have in store for everyone attending ffresh 2013," said Stuart Cunningham from Glyndŵr University and Chair of this year’s festival.

"This really is an energetic mix of talent and expertise from the film, games and media sector, along with some of our local heroes from right here in North Wales. As always, ffresh promises a simply unmissable schedule of activities along with the coveted ffresh Awards.

"It's an incredible honour for us at Glyndŵr University to be hosting the 10th ffresh Festival. We look forward to seeing everyone there to share in the excitement and electric atmosphere that only ffresh delivers”

James Nee, Festival Director added “We wanted our 10th anniversary to be a celebration of Welsh filmmakers and content – both Welsh and English language. For three days Glyndŵr University will be a creative hub that brings together young filmmakers from all over Wales and the UK with representatives of the media industry to discover, engage, explore, and be inspired, and hopefully have some fun as well.

"We’re proud of our relationship with the institutions who continue to nurture the next generation of moving image talent and with the filmmakers themselves. We hope we can continue to act as platform and a catalyst for their work for the next 10 years.”

Full programme details are available here.

Glyndŵr University will be tweeting and blogging live from the event from Wednesday 20th February to Friday 22nd February 2013:

Twitter: @glyndwruni

ffresh – the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales – 2013 will take will take place at the Glyndŵr University from February 20th – 22nd.

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