The countdown is underway to UWTSD’s Copper Coast International Film Festival


The countdown is underway to UWTSD Swansea College of Art’s Copper Coast International Film Festival, which takes place from 29th January to 1st February 2019, welcoming films and film lovers from around the world to Swansea.

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The range of this year’s awards will reflect the wide range of talents involved with the film industry. These include; Best Director, Best actress, Best Actor, Best Film and Best Documentary.

The event builds upon the success of the previous two editions of Copper Coast, which saw over 5,000 entries submitted from around the world, and panel speakers including BAFTA-winning film directors Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far) and Claire Sturges (My Brief Eternity).

In addition to screening a selection of some of the finest short films from the next generation of global filmmaking talent, this year’s Copper Coast will host a series of events with filmmakers discussing their work and their roles in this fascinating industry.

The shortlist of film will also be shown on the big screen in Castle Square from the Tuesday to the Friday of the festival week from 7am until 11pm.

The culmination of the Festival is the awards ceremony, which will take place on the night of 1st February 2019, and will present awards across many categories to the very best short films entered into the international competition.

UWTSD is pleased to welcome Swansea-based business Cygnet Gin and Swansea’s Village Hotel who are helping to support this year’s event.

Cygnet Gin is sponsoring the arrival drinks for the Film Festival’s award ceremony at UWTSD’s The Alex.

Master Distiller Dai Wakely said: “We are so proud to be official arrival drinks partner for the Copper Coast International Film Festival awards night. With some amazing categories such as soundtrack, actress and screenplay, we are really excited to introduce Cygnet Gin, the Welsh Craft Gin to the VIPS and guests who’ll be there. Guests can expect to taste our ‘Cygnet Gin Perfect Serve’ as they arrive. The local talent shown through the film festival really makes for the perfect synergy for us as a local Welsh brand creating and bottling gin in Swansea, at Cygnet Distillery, 1 York St. So to be able to support this event and the talent shown through the university and awards night itself is something we’re extremely proud of.” 

Swansea’s Village Hotel is sponsoring the arrival canapés at the Festival’s Award Ceremony.

Emily Hunt, Director of Sales, Village Hotel, Swansea said: “We are delighted to support our local talent and the Copper Coast International film festival Awards 2019. Village is much more than just a hotel. We’re a big part of the local community bringing people together to have fun and be entertained.”

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Education is also one of the key pillars of Copper Coast. It first began as a student project at UWTSD Swansea and continues to involve students at its heart, overseeing various aspects of the Festival, from the selection process to organising screenings to running social media and marketing campaigns.

This year’s Copper Coast embraces the events centred on the Holocaust Memorial events. This year’s theme is entitled Torn from Home.  This helps extend its educational mission with this year’s edition and will run workshops for schools that will give pupils an insight into different aspects of filmmaking. In addition, a 48-Hour Film Challenge will encourage schools to make short films to enter into a special category at the Copper Coast awards ceremony.

Festival Director, Timi O’Neill: “This year’s edition of the Festival has given us a chance to take stock and realise that what started as a student project at the University has become an event of international reach that enriches everybody who gets involved – students, staff, volunteers, filmmakers and audiences.”

UWTSD Head Of School of Fine & Media Arts, Caroline Thraves: “Copper Coast continues to go from strength to strength and this year will see increased engagement with local schools, encouraging pupils to see the potential for fulfilling careers across the film industry.”


Copper Coast International Film Festival Nominations


Best Film

Turning Tide






Bloodhound Discipline


The Thoughts of Ana A to B







The Thoughts of Ana A to B

Nine Mile Creek












After the Rain

The Tunnel

Y Scream Instiklal





Welcom to Nebultown

The Stone Maker



9/8 Dogmak (Born Into 9/8)


Nobody Dies Here

Peki Simdi Nereye? (Where Do We Go Now?)



Nobody Dies Here

Turning Tide





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Further Information

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