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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

by Kelvin Guy
(Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales)

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival is all about encouraging and supporting independent film and cinema here in Wales the UK and Internationally. The 2016 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival will be back once again at the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli, Wales.

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival - May 9-13, 2016
Submission Deadline - January 31, 2016

You can enter through the festival website at
or online by using one of the many festivals submissions partners. Just choose one that suits you best!

The festival is not about making vast amounts of money off the backs of film makers, but giving them the opportunity to have there films screened and judge fairly. We operate as a not for profit community group. Which basically means all money from submissions and sponsorship goes towards making the festival bigger and better year on year.

It's all about fairness. Our motto is ‘This festival is honest.’ The festival is and will always be, a champion of independent film!
For more information please visit our website and follow us @cbffwales on twitter and

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Dec 22, 2014
New Partners Join CBFF 2015
by: Festival Director

We are pleased to announce that Pinnacle/Coral and Sony have donated copies of their video editing software towards the festival prize fund for festival 2015

Oct 23, 2014
Final Draft Partner with CBFF
by: Anonymous

We are pleased to announce that Final Draft are sponsoring the best of festival award for 2015.the 2015 winner of the award will get the lasted version of Final Draft 9 as part of the prize.

Sep 04, 2014
by: Anonymous


For every tweet you send about our submission period, we will take off 10% of the entry fee!

1. Follow us at or @cbffwales
2. email us at with your Twitter handle so we can track your messages
3. Send out tweets!

we will track your tweets and email you a discount code. Maximum savings of 50%!

Aug 21, 2014
BAFTA delight for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
by: Anonymous

The Carmarthen Bay Film Festival has received a prestigious boost as plans begin to take shape for the 2015 event.

The festival, which enters its fourth year in 2015, is now on the approved list for BAFTA Cymru Wales.

Festival CEO and organiser Kelvin Guy said: "The BAFTA abbreviation is pretty special in the world of film. "The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is recognised as a hugely prestigious organisation worldwide.

"To get this recognition from BAFTA Cymru Wales is a huge honour and is a great achievement when you consider what the festival has achieved since it launched in 2011.

"Being on the list of approved BAFTA Cymru Wales festivals helps give added prestige and stardust to the festival, with entrants now being eligible for BAFTA awards as well as the ones on offer at the festival."

Mr Guy said: "Last year's festival was a great success and closed with a a Gala Awards Dinner at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.

“It was a glitzy affair putting the spotlight on the very best films shown during four screening days at the festival venue at the Stradey Park Hotel.
“We had three BAFTA Cymru members at the awards dinner and one of our chief guests was Llanelli MP Nia Griffith.
“The festival is now truly international and it was nice to reflect that in the final awards night."
Mr Guy, a 49-year-old former Bryngwyn School pupil who is regarded as the expert on the life of Welsh silent movie star Gareth Hughes, added: “There was a big increase in entries for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival again for 2014.

"Entries flooded in from all four corners of the globe to hit a magnificent total of 135 submissions.”
Mr Guy added: "The news is now going out worldwide that the festival is now on the approved festival list for BAFTA Cymru Wales awards entry eligibly. So the advice to all film-makers out there is, Get submitting for our fourth festival; who knows where it might lead?

The festival dates for 2015 are May 12 to 15, with the main venue at the Stradey Park Hotel.

May 08, 2012
Festival programme
by: Anonymous

Festival programme for Wednesday May 9th.
• 1100 Foreign film showcase
• 1400 The Dinorwic Slate Quarry/documentary
• 1445 Wonder/documentary
• 1500 Reality/Dramatised documentary
• 1515 A Season in the Rain/Experimental drama
• 1615 BREAK
• 1630 Bonfire/drama
• 1700 Life Camera Action feature film

Festival programme for Thursday May 10th.
• 1115 In This Room/feature
• 1300 Life After Death/psychological thriller
• 1315 One about the sheep/comedy
• 1320 The Security Guard/thriller/drama
• 1335 The Audition/psychological thriller
• 1350 Toby’s Odyssey/drama
• 1430 Glow/ghost story
• 1445 BREAK
• 1515 To the Last Drop/action suspense
• 1520 Skin Deep/drama
• 1530 Colour Me Red/drama
• 1600 Hawk/mythological drama Q and A with film makers
• 1645 Gin and Dry/comedy Q and A with film makers
• 1715 Girl Abducted/thriller
• 1745 Cluster/documentary

Festival programme for Friday May 11th.
• 1300 Ham and Piper /feature film
• 1430 Desperate Pursuit/thriller
• 1445 Llais yr Andes/Welsh/Spanish documentary .Q and A with film makers
• 1515 Spirit of the Coliseum/bilingual documentary
• 1600 Burrito PI/television comedy
• 1700 In Lust/drama
• 1730 Local Film makers showcase
• 1900 END OF

Apr 22, 2012
Countdown on for film festival
by: Anonymous

THE countdown has begun for the first Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, which aims to put Llanelli on the map.

The team behind the festival — the first of its kind to be held in the town — is looking forward to showcasing a varied programme of films at next month's event.

The festival will kick off with a special charity screening of the classic comedy film Grand Slam on May 1, which will raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Special guests at the Parc y Scarlets event will include Glyn Lloyd Evans, Maldwyn Novello Pugh and Josephine — also known as Dewi Pws Morris, Sion Probert and Elizabeth Morgan.

The evening will feature a question and answer session with the stars, and will be a taster of the festival's screenings, which will start on May 8.

Chief executive officer Kelvin Guy said: "The aim is simple. We want to showcase Welsh and Wales-based film-makers.

"In doing so, we also want to create as much community involvement as possible and really help to put Llanelli on the map for film."

Mr Guy is well known for his work as the biographer of his distant relative and Welsh star in Hollywood Gareth Hughes.

"Llanelli's links with the world of film and cinema go back to the very start of the industry and we will be working hard to explore the many links between Llanelli and Wales and the world of the movies," Mr Guy said.

"But this won't be an event just looking back at the past.

"We want to celebrate and recognise the new talent we have in Wales and, hopefully, help put budding film-makers and film stars on the road to success."

The highlight of the festival will be an awards ceremony and gala dinner on Sunday, May 13.

Mr Guy added: "An exciting programme is taking shape and we will be releasing details of film entries next week."

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