Press Releases 2017

UWTSD students host film festival

17.01.2017

UWTSD's Swansea College of Art's Digital Film & TV Production students are busily preparing for the inaugural Swansea Film festival on Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20.

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The student-led, two-day film festival set in the heart of Swansea, was created to provide local and international emerging talent with a stage in which to showcase their films. Working in conjunction with digital professionals within the Film, Media, Animation and other practices, the exciting event provides a stable platform for a reoccurring opportunity every year for emerging talent.

Over the two days there will be film and digital practice related workshops, giving people a hands on opportunity with industry standard equipment and an opportunity to seek face to face advice.

Swansea Film will start at 6pm on Thursday in The Griffin. The event will showcase the top 40 films selected by a judging panel. On Friday, this will be reduced to the top 20 and these will be screened at the Volcano Theatre in the evening. The four categories are national, animation, International and foreign language.

UWTSD’s Timi O’Neill said: “The task of selecting the top 40 has been a massive undertaking. The final submission number was 2,200. Entries were received from all corners of the world and demonstrates the power of film to be used as a form of communication.”

Alex Jones, a year 2 Digital Film & TV Production student at UWTSD, said the aim of the festival was to “promote and celebrate the brave and the bold in film. “It aims to create a community of independent filmmakers to work together to produce new exciting projects,” added Alex.

One of the key features of the festival has been its success at using social media to promote and publicise the event. George Reynolds, a year 2 Digital Film & TV Production student at UWTSD said this success was down to “following passionate people who make or are involved in films and film festivals and let them come to us.”

The team have already started planning for the second Swansea Film to take place January 2018.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: Catherine.Hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788