Excitement builds ahead of UWTSD's Copper Coast International Film Festival 2018

15.01.2018

Films by American filmmaker, writer, director, producer and composer Hal Hartley will be screened at UWTSD’s Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF) from January 22 to 24.

Speakers including Kevin Allen, Destiny Ekaragha, Clare Sturges and Chris Durlacher will also address the event, which showcases the very best storytellers the world of film has to offer.

Comprised of a three-day short film festival, with a gala awards ceremony on the final day, CCIFF is set in the heart of Swansea and is housed within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. This year’s awards will focus on the theme of diversity with many of the films submitted reflecting fears and issues that do not always find their way into the mainstream press. Submissions opened on Wednesday, November 15 and have already eclipsed last year’s record entries.

UWTSD’s Timi O’Neill,  Programme Director MArts & BA Film & TV said: "After a hugely successful Swansea Film 17 festival (receiving over 2100 entries from every continent), the BA Film & TV team decided to make a few changes for 2018. Firstly, the event has been renamed the Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF). The new name synthesizes Swansea’s Industrial heritage with its ambitious aim of becoming a modern European city. Secondly, the team has developed a screening schedule that covers three days (two for screening, one for the Awards ceremony) at venues that reflect Swansea’s newly emerging rich cultural quarter that is the new heartbeat of the city.

"Finally, the philosophy of the festival has placed diversity at its core. Responding to the much publicised events that have caused the film & TV industries across to the world to be scrutinized, the team has created a festival that has a socially engaged ethos that will promote as wide a range of stories and storytellers, reflecting the multi vocal nature of film.

"As with any film festival, the infinite variety of its entries spans all genres (comedy, drama, horror) and narrative style (three act structures, episodic, nonlinear etc.) and is joy to see. However, it is in the nature of the stories being told that its true worth is to be found. To the casual observer, it is intriguing to note that many of the films submitted reflect fears and issues that do not always find their ways to the mainstream press. Whether it is communities fighting back against drug gangs in Brazil, women being forced into prostitution in Peru or the struggles of coming to terms with being a modern Israeli, this festival intends to share all of their stories.”

The range of this year’s awards will reflect the wide range of talents involved with the film industry. These include; Best Welsh Language Film, Best Animated Film, Best actress, Best Actor, Best Film and UWTSD ALUMNI Achievement Award.

The Copper Coast International Film Festival 2018 categories are:

  • BEST WELSH LANGUAGE FILM
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY 
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
  • BEST ANIMATED FILM 
  • BEST ACTRESS 
  • BEST ACTOR 
  • BEST SCREENPLAY 
  • BEST DIRECTOR 
  • BEST FILM 
  • UWTSD ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Links

https://cciff.co.uk/

https://filmfreeway.com/CopperCoastFilm

https://twitter.com/CopperCoastFilm 

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau
Executive Press and Media Relations Officer
Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695
Mobile: 07496 385597
Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk