UK INTERNATIONAL VETERANS FILM FESTIVAL
The first ever UK Int Veterans Film Festival will take place in The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion this November.
The festival is the first of its kind in the UK and only the third in the world to concentrate solely on raising awareness about our serving and ex serving Armed Forces community, their families, the unique set of difficulties they face and the impact war has on our society.
It is curated by Veteran Films a relative new not-for-profit company aimed at helping Veterans with mental or physical disabilities to train to use multi-media and creative film making as a form of art therapy to enable them to tell their stories.
The Veteran Film Festival has been set-up to showcase not only their work but also the work of filmmakers from around the world. Arguably, Film is still the most powerful medium to create stories and put ideas out into the world. Now, more than ever before, it is possible for creativity to emerge and be shared through digital media.
Our aim is to bring to life veterans’ stories whilst showcasing talent through compelling, moving, sometimes disturbing and funny stories. We want to facilitate a greater opportunity to understand the lives of our veterans and their families, their struggles and successes.
We want to share their stories which are harrowing, disturbing or inspiring; stories that show us a side of the human condition that so many of us will never see or experience – all through the medium of film.
Jason Palmer – Veteran and project participant.
“ the film festival is a unique opportunity and event for Veterans to use the medium of Film to showcase their skills and abilities, and highlight the quality of work undertaken by those involved. It allows those submitting work to tell a story which will hopefully resonate with people and provide insight into the world of he veteran community.”