WOW has been celebrating the riches of world cinema since 2001, bringing an eclectic, intriguing, and moving selection of films from around the globe to cinemas across Wales. WOW presents a selection of the very best in world cinema – and sometimes a film from Wales too.
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!
Saturday 23 March 2019 brought Abercon, the first anime/comic convention to be held in Aberystwyth, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Bringing together approximately 300 people in a day filled with films, workshops and comic stalls, it was a partnership between MENCAP Ceredigion and WOW Film Festival.
Organised by Bethan Kench, Rhowan Alleyne and MENCAP Ceredigion, Abercon brought a day of anime themed activities and mischief for those attending.
Throughout the event, I was continuously struck by the the enthusiasm of visitors ranging from families with young children, to groups of students, to learning disabled people. Although a very diverse crowd, everyone was united by common interests and passions, with more than a few great costumes!
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.
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