CBFF continues to be ranked in the top 100 out of more than 9,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. So a big thank you from the CBFF team.

CBFF is a highly respected BAFTA CYMRU QUALIFYING Film Festival Judged by Industry Professionals. UK & International Submissions.

All film entries should satisfy two of the three following criteria:
1. The production company has a substantive business and production base in Wales. A
base will be taken to be substantive if it is the usual place of employment of senior
executives and personnel involved in the production in question.
2. At least 50% of the programme or film in question’s production budget (excluding the
cost of on-screen talent, archive material and copyright costs) was spent in Wales and/or
on Welsh production talent (i.e. not on-screen talent).
3. A film must have significant creative involvement by individuals who are Welsh
Films that do not meet the criteria but have a significant Welsh component may be able to enter.
Please contact Hannah Raybould (BAFTA Cymru ) should you wish to enter a film
which does not meet the above criteria.
The BAFTA Cymru Management Committee and the BAFTA Board of Trustees are the final
arbiters on film entries.

A non-Welsh individual may be considered in the British Academy Cymru Awards as long as the following criteria is met:
The craft under consideration has been completed in Wales
The Production meets the Welsh eligibility criteria

Please note that we are also an IMDB Qualifying festival which means that, if your film is selected and screened you can add it to IMDB. You may have to register!

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 1000 from 70 plus countries for our 2020 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years, but the number of filmmakers and festival patrons attending has as well.
We've had filmmakers flying in from the US, Australia, Holland, Italy, France and many parts of the UK. The number of festival partners has also grown with Stradey Park Hotel, BAFTA Cymru, RTS Wales, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Film Hub Wales BAFA and many more. The festival has been a BAFTA Cymru qualifying for over 4 years which means that any film screened during the festival, and made here in Wales is eligible to apply for consideration. Please refer to BAFTA Cymru ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA above.

Our 8th festival saw some significant changes, for the previous 7 years, the festival had been held at the Stradey Park Hotel here in Llanelli. The hotel has been very supportive, without their help the festival would have been unable to get off the ground. So with the full backing of the Stradey Park, we felt it was time to move on and try something new. So for our 2019 CBFF was held at one of Wales’ premier theatres in the centre of Llanelli, which brought a new and exciting dynamic and feel to the festival.

It's all about fairness, our motto.
‘This festival is honest’ and will always be, a champion of independent film. Films Judge by Industry Jury,
Widely promoted Festival,
Committed to Transparency,
BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Festival
IMDB Qualifying.

We are also very proud to have the name of John Hefin associated with the festival. With the John Hefin Award lifetime achievement award. And we are delighted that John Morgan of JM Creative accepted this award during our 2019 awards gala.

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 led 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 AJ Sylvester, his 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.

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival is now a BAFTA Cymru/Wales qualifying festival

By being ‘officially selected’, your film has been considered to be of a high standard and worthy of being screened during the festival itself. This is the first step of a three-stage process.
For the next stage, a number of the ‘officially selected’ films are then shortlisted to be judged for the category awards. These are the ‘nominated’ films.
The last stage is winning your selected category.

1. Films made anywhere in the world are eligible to be submitted for consideration
2. If the Film’s final running time is more than 2 minutes and less than 40 minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Short film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Feature film, it will be included for consideration only in the Short category..
3. The Festival does not require première status for submissions.
4. The Film may have been previously screened in its entirety at a theatrical exhibition anywhere in the world, in which tickets were available to the public.
5. The Film may have been previously released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet anywhere in the world.
6. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted Film. The Organisers will not be held responsible for the unauthorised inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted Film. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorised inclusion of any copyrighted materials.
7. Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.
8. If your submission is accepted we may require a hard copy for screening purposes. All Films must be on a single DVD Disc (single or dual layer) or Blu-ray if required. We also accept file transfer via Wetransfer or similar service. DVD'S and Blu-rays WILL NOT BE RETURNED
9. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted on one of the recommended standard formats.
10. It’s the submitters' responsibility to make sure they provide the correct screening file for consideration. CBFF will not be held responsible if the incorrect file is provided.
11. If your submission is excepted it is your responsibility to make sure the correct version of your entry is made available for screening purposes. CBFF will not be held responsible if the incorrect version is provided.
12 If your submission is nominated for an award you agree that the judge’s decision final
13. Please note that any discount codes relating to Students may only be used by the qualifying submitters. Student discount may only be used by either undergraduates or postgraduates 1 year after leaving full or part-time study. You must follow these guidelines or your submission will be automatically disqualified without refund of your submission fee.
14. Your submission must have been completed after January 2018.
15. By submitting you agree to all CBFF rules and guidelines


A live action narrative fiction told through the medium of video.

Requirements: Your Submission must be an original live action narrative video that exemplifies the art of fictional storytelling. Submissions may come from but are not limited to, the following genres: comedy, action, drama, musical, horror, etc. Your submission should be a complete story that is presented in a clear, creative, and original way.

Judging considerations: We are looking for creative excellence in videos that push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking and storytelling


A video that presents a factual report on a chosen subject or idea.

Requirements: Your submission must be an original documentary that exemplifies the art of non-fiction storytelling. Submissions may include a variety of storytelling methods: presenter led or narrated, fly on the wall, point of view, ambient, or personal stories, etc. Your submission should be a complete idea that is presented in a clear, innovative and original way.

Judging considerations: We are looking for an engaging, creative video that provides insight into a real person, lifestyle, cause, belief, or situation through nonfiction filmmaking methods.


A story told by giving life to inanimate objects or character designs using computer technology or frame by frame animation.

Requirements: Your submission must be an original animated short video that illustrates the art of animated storytelling. Submissions may include the following styles of animation: 3D, 2D, mixed media, or any form of stop motion.

Judging considerations: We are looking for animation that deploys a high level of technical, conceptual, and aesthetic innovation in order to enchant the viewer with a strong, engaging story.


A video that experiments with new ideas and/or techniques, often characterized by the absence of a linear narrative.

Requirements: Submissions may include video art, abstract works, or any other non-narrative-based work that breaks new ground in moving image.

Judging considerations: We are looking for videos that explore new ideas or techniques to further filmmaking as an art form, free from the constraints of the traditional narrative form.


Poetry film is a subgenre of film that fuses the use of spoken word poetry, visual images, and sound to create a stronger presentation and interpretation of the meaning being conveyed. This fusion of image and spoken word (both independent and interdependent) creates what William Wees called the "Poetry-film" genre.

We are looking for Submissions that:
• Are based upon an interesting concept;
• Are innovative;
• Are well crafted; and
• Create an emotional resonance

Overall Rating
  • A wonderful experience from start to finish. Undoubtedly one of the best film festivals in the United Kingdom!

    November 2020
  • Thank you for selecting "The Binoculars" for the prestigious film festival this year!! :) Always a pleasure to be included amongst some top notch work.

    October 2020
  • Julia Rodrigues

    thank you for selecting my film, "Kukuru", this year <3

    August 2020
  • Thank you for selecting our film „Let Be“ for this year’s festival. It was a great pleasure to have been included.

    July 2020
  • Zac Loy

    It was an honor to have a short film selected for this festival in 2019. They were very friendly and communicative.

    July 2020