PLEASE READ THE RULES AND GUIDELINES
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 500 for our 2017 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years but the number of film makers and festival patrons attending has as well.
We have had film makers flying in from Miami, Holland ,Italy, France and many parts of the UK. The number of festival partners has also grown with Stradey Park Hotel, Curzon Home Cinema,BAFTA Cymru, RTS Wales,S4C,University of Wales Trinity St. David, Felin Foel Brewery and many more. Also the festival is now a BAFTA Cymru/Wales partner festival as well as being a qualifying festival, which means that any film screened during the festival and made here in UK is eligible to apply to be considered for a BAFTA Cymru award.
This year we screened 52 F-Rated films at the 6th Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
So for our 7th year we'd like to encourage even more female Writers,Directors,Producers and Actors to submit their work by offering a 70% discount.
The discount code is FRATED70

We are also very proud to also have the name of John Hefin associated with the festival as well. With two awards dedicated to the memory of this wonderful man. The first being Gwobr John Hefin for Welsh language short film and the second being the John Hefin Award for life time achievement in film, television or theatre. And we are very pleased that Endaf Emlyn accepted this award during our 2017 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 directed 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 A J Sylvester, his personal 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.

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

Awards & Prizes

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

Category Awards

Rules & Terms

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 30 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 If the Film’s final running time is more than 60 minutes and less than 90minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Feature film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Short film, it will be included for consideration only in the Feature category.
4 The Festival does not require première status for submissions.
5 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.
6 The Film may have been previously released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet anywhere in the world.
7 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 Organizers will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted Film. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials.
8 Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Organizers 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.
9 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
10 The Organizers 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. If your submission is nominated for an award you agree that the judge’s decision final
15. By submitting you agree to all CBFF rules and guidelines
16. Your submission must have been completed after January 2016

FEATURE/SHORT FILM

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

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE/SHORT

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.

ANIMATION

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.

EXPERIMENTAL

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.

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

27 Reviews

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    Thomas Griffiths

    Carmarthen Bay Film Festival was an amazing festival that felt honest to the filmmaking community. The communication between entrant and the festival's organiser, Kelvin, is tremendous. The screenings, location and the awards gala were absolutely magnificent. Even if I don't submit a film next year, I will definitely be there in attendance.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thanks Tom for your feedback and rating nice article on fb by the way

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    Ruth Pickett

    I was so honoured to win the award for 'Best Short Film made in Wales' at this year's festival. Kelvin, the festival's organiser, is so lovely & clearly cares about supporting filmmakers, including young people, local talent & female filmmakers. The awards ceremony had a great turnout.

    May 2017
    Bafta cymru partner small
    Response from festival:

    thanks Ruth for your feedback and rating hope to see you again next year

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    Isabella Masrouga

    CBFF Is an excellent Festival to participate in. They recognize so many categories of film, including young filmmakers. As soon as my film was selected, there was great communication with the Festival team, even with advice about where to stay in town. It takes place in a small town about an hour from Cardiff. Everyone here was so nice and the filmmakers I met were all very supportive with each other. There were free screenings all week including features every night and some Q&As with filmmakers. The best part about the festival was the Awards event. There were lots of people, local press and a great dinner.

    I won for best film in the "21 and Under" category and received a beautiful plaque and a cash prize from a sponsor (MBFF). I feel very lucky that this was my first international Festival experience. I will definitely enter this again with the hope of returning.

    May 2017
    Bafta cymru partner small
    Response from festival:

    thanks Isabella for your feedback and rating

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    Craig Ahrens

    Really enjoyed everything. Everything was done top notch!

    May 2017
    Bafta cymru partner small
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Craig for your review

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    Nick Flügge

    A great well-run festival, very pleased to be 12 minutes of it.

    May 2017
    Bafta cymru partner small
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Nick for your review