Housed in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, Labordy ffilm Aber (or Aber Film Lab) is an analogue filmmaking resource for artists, researchers and MA students wishing to work with 16mm or Super 8 film. The lab was fully established in 2019, with support from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). It comprises: a wet darkroom for hand-processing; a dry darkroom with a JK Optical printer, Steenbeck editing table, a Black Magic film scanner for high quality transfers from film to digital; and a film loading room with space for our contact printer in process. The lab has a range of 16mm and Super 16 Bolex cameras, as well as Super 8 film equipment.
Labordy ffilm Aber is the only resource of its kind in Wales. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Aberystwyth is the perfect location to explore the relationship between film and the environment. In 2019 we hosted the first touring version of Film Farm: The Independent Imaging Retreat.
The lab is also a key resource for our new MA in Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology.
The lab is currently managed by artist filmmaker Marcy Saude.