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 300 for our 2016 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years but the number of film makers and festival patrons attending has as well.
We have had film makers flying in from LA,Miami,Germany,Italy,France and many parts of the UK.The number of festival partners has also grown with Stradey Park Hotel, RTS Wales,S4C,Sony,Pinnacle,Final Draft, University of Wales Valley Mill,Felin Foel Brewery and many more joining us this year some for the 2nd or 3rd time.
Also the festival is now a BAFTA Cymru/Wales qualifying festival,which means that any film screened during the festival and made here in Wales is eligible to apply to be considered for a BAFTA Cymru award.
We are also very proud to also have the name of John Hefin associated with the festival as well. With two awards dedicated to the memory of this wonderful man. The first being Gwobr John Hefin for Welsh language short film and the second being the John Hefin Award for life time achievement in film, television or theatre
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 directed 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 A J Sylvester, his personal 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 Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University. In 1988, he became the artistic director of Film Cymru (which was later renamed the Wales Film Council), entrusted with the responsibility of 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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