Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

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Welcome to Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, the highly successful BAFTA Cymru and now BAFTA British Short Film Competition Qualifying Festival. We are honoured to have been added to the BAFTA British Short Film Competition B list of qualifying festivals and one of only two based here in Wales. To find out more about rules and regulations concerning BAFTA, please visit their website. Please continue to find out more about us and submit your project. Carmarthen Bay Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over the years. From our first festival in 2012, we have gone from 35 submissions to well over 1000 from 70 plus countries for our 2020 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years, but the number of filmmakers and festival patrons attending has as well. We've had filmmakers flying in from the US, Australia, Holland, Italy, France and many parts of the UK. The number of festival partners has also grown with Stradey Park Hotel, BAFTA Cymru, RTS Wales, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Film Hub Wales BAFA and many more. The festival has been a BAFTA Cymru qualifying for over five years. Any film screened during the festival and made here in Wales is eligible to apply for consideration. Please refer to BAFTA Cymru ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. We are also very honoured to be added to the exclusive list of BAFTA Short Film Competition qualifying festivals this year. Our 8th festival saw some significant changes; for the previous seven years, the festival had been held at the Stradey Park Hotel here in Llanelli. The hotel has been very supportive; without their help, the festival would have been unable to get off the ground. So with the full backing of the Stradey Park Hotel, we felt it was time to move on and try something new. Our 2019 CBFF was held at one of Wales’ premier theatres in the centre of Llanelli, which brought a new and exciting dynamic and feel to the festival. It's all about fairness, our motto. ‘This festival is honest’ and will always be a champion of independent film. Films Judge by Industry Jury, Widely promoted Festival, Committed to Transparency, BAFTA British Short Film Competition Qualifying Festival BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Festival IMDB Qualifying. We are also very proud to have the name of John Hefin associated with the festival. With the John Hefin Award lifetime achievement award. And we are delighted that John Morgan of JM Creative accepted this award during our 2019 awards gala. Would you please read the brief bio about John below? John Hefin first became involved in television work in 1960, when he responded to a newspaper advertisement for apprentice production assistants. During the 1960s, he worked as a producer and director for BBC Wales. In 1974, he helped create the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwm, the longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC. He also co-wrote and directed the 1978 TV rugby comedy film Grand Slam and led the 1981 drama series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. This nine-part series, a biopic based on the Welsh PM, drew on conversations with Lady Olwen, his eldest daughter, and AJ Sylvester, his secretary. In 1984, John was the director for the narration for an animated version of Prince Charles's children's story, The Old Man of Lochnagar. Following his post as Head of Drama with BBC Wales, he worked in the Theatre, Film and Television Studies Department at Aberystwyth University. In 1988, he became the artistic director of Film Cymru (later renamed the Wales Film Council), entrusted with commissioning films from independent Welsh producers using S4C funds. He was also Chairman of the Film Commission Wales and Chair of Cyfrwng, a Welsh media journal and network. He retired from the BBC in 1993. In 2004, he directed and filmed part of a documentary featuring the artist Sir Kyffin Williams, Reflections in a Gondola John was awarded the MBE in 2009 for "services to Welsh film and drama". In 2012, he was awarded the BAFTA Cymru Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television Drama.


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