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Welsh Archive Launches New Film Festival

1 January 2007


The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales has launched a new film festival to take place at Aberystwyth in October 2007. The inaugural festival ‘ Wales Screen Classics – International Film Festival’ is part of the centenary celebrations of The National Library of Wales.

Held between the 25th-28th October 2007 in partnership with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the Wales Screen Classics Festival will be a unique opportunity to sample the delights of the Archive’s film collection. The inaugural festival will feature films from Wales and about Wales from the dawn of cinema until the end of the nitrate era in the early 1950’s.

The four-day festival will feature exciting film screenings, lively discussions and presentations from leading film historians, critics and experts. The festival will also include workshops as well as screenings with live music.

According to Archive spokesperson Llinos Medi Jones, “The festival will be an opportunity to showcase the Archive collection, to show recently restored footage such as Y Chwarelwr, as well as giving a platform to other classic archive material, such as How Green Was My Valley and The Life Story of David Lloyd George. The programme will also include rare footage from the true pioneers of cinema like William Haggar. The National Library of Wales’ centenary year seemed the perfect opportunity to look back over a century of cinematic history ”.

Further information about the Wales Screen Classics – International Film Festival will be posted on The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales website, please visit