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The Welsh International Film Festival begins tomorrow in Aberystwyth. There are premieres of three Welsh language films, including the controversial Dafydd (Wed 17, 7.15pm), the story of a young Welshman's experiences in the Amsterdam rent-boys' scene. A wide-ranging programme also includes an Alan Parker retrospective, shorts from new European film-makers, classic musicals, a late-night programme of bad-taste movies, and a series of talks culminating in the first Bafta Cymru lecture given by Peter Greenaway (Fri 19, 7pm). Previews of international releases include Mario van Peebles' black western, Posse (Fri 19, 8pm), and David Hayman's new British thriller, The Hawk (Sun 14, 8pm; Mon 15, 2.30pm), starring Helen Mirren as a housewife who suspects her husband of a series of murders.

We have 10 pairs of free tickets for the Sunday screening of The Hawk for the first 10 readers who take this page to the box office.

Welsh International Film Festival Box Office, Penglais Hill, Aberystwyth (0970 623232). Information (0970 617995)

A programme of Football Shorts from the National Film and TV Archive is on tour. The line-up includes a 30-second clip from an 1898 match between Blackburn Rovers and West Brom; Stanley Matthews putting his best foot forward in a 1949 Players Cigarettes commercial; John Fletcher's classic 1960s West Brom documentary, The Saturday Men; and Czech master animator Jan Svankmajer's bizarre tale of the adventures of an armchair footie fan, Virile Games.

The programme will show at the Manchester Cornerhouse on Sunday, 4pm (061-228 2463), Ipswich's Film Theatre (21 Nov, 0473 215544), Derby's Metro Cinema (28 Nov, 0332 40170), Nottingham's Media Centre (5 Dec, 0602 526611), Leicester's Phoenix Arts Centre (12 Dec, 0533 554854), and the NFT, London (21, 22 Dec, 071-928 3232).

Victor Nunez's Ruby in Paradise previews at the Manchester Cornerhouse on Sunday (11.30pm, 061-228 2463). This gentle tale of a girl's quest for independence in Florida's 'redneck riviera' won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

As part of Scotland's Travelling People's Heritage Week, the Edinburgh Filmhouse is showing Time of the Gypsies (Mon 15, 3pm, 8.30pm, 031-228 2688), Emir Kusturica's moving tale of Yugoslavian gypsy children begging and pimping in Milan, and Mike Newell's Irish gypsy tale, Into the West (Tue 16, 3pm, 6.15pm, 8.30pm).

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