Film fes­ti­val cel­e­brates Dis­c­world pre­miere

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­ 07765 287910

YOU can ex­pect the ar­rival of a mini Dis­c­world in Llanelli next week for the start of the Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val.

Fans of au­thor Sir Terry Pratch­ett will be ar­riv­ing in Car­marthen­shire to cel­e­brate the mag­i­cal fantasy world.

The oc­ca­sion is the Euro­pean pre­miere of the film of Sir Terry Pratch­ett’s Troll Bridge.

“We are ex­pected up to 400 Dis­c­world fans for Mon­day’s pre­miere at Ffwrnes The­atre, Llanelli,” said Kelvin Guy, the Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“Most will be at­tend­ing in fancy dress, so it will be weird and won­der­ful. Car­marthen­shire won’t have seen any­thing like this be­fore.”

This is the eighth an­nual Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val, with the pre­vi­ous events all hav­ing been held at the Stradey Park Ho­tel, Llanelli.

Mr Guy said: “We will al­ways be grate­ful to the Stradey Park Ho­tel for help­ing the fes­ti­val get ‘lift-off’ but the time is right now for the fes­ti­val to ven­ture into new ter­ri­tory with a big­ger and bet­ter event at Ffwrnes The­atre.”

Screen­ing on the open­ing day of the fes­ti­val on Mon­day, May 27, Troll Bridge is a short film based on a short story by the Dis­c­world au­thor.

It’s been pro­duced by Snowgum films and di­rected by Daniel Knight.

The pre­miere will see direc­tor Daniel Knight fly­ing in from Aus­tralia to take part in a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion after the screen­ing.

It’s been quite a jour­ney for the Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val.

The first fes­ti­val, in 2012, saw 35 sub­mis­sions in dif­fer­ent film cat­e­gories. The 2018 event saw more than 650 en­tries from 52 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Mr Guy added: “We have had film-mak­ers fly­ing in from the US, 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, S4C, Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David, Felin­foel Brew­ery and many more help­ing.

“The fes­ti­val is now a Bafta Cymru/Wales qual­i­fy­ing event, which means that any film screened dur­ing the fes­ti­val and made here in Wales is el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply to be con­sid­ered for a Bafta Cymru award.”

Mon­day will also see the pre­sen­ta­tion of the John Hefin Lifetime Achievemen­t award 2019.

This year will be fourth lifetime achievemen­t award in honour of Wales’s most cel­e­brated and re­spected tele­vi­sion direc­tor and former head of BBC Wales drama John Hefin (pro­ducer of Grand Slam and other TV clas­sics).

Former re­cip­i­ents of the John Hefin award have in­cluded Euryn Ow­gen Wil­liams, Endaf Em­lyn and Beti Ge­orge.

This year, the John Hefin award goes to John Mor­gan of JM Cre­ative.

John Mor­gan is the manag­ing direc­tor of JM Cre­ative, a po­si­tion he has held for 20 years.

He was for­merly the head of tele­vi­sion and ra­dio pro­mo­tion at BBC Wales.

His ground breaking work has been recog­nised at awards fes­ti­vals all over the world.

The Royal Tele­vi­sion So­ci­ety pre­sented John with a spe­cial award for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to tele­vi­sion.

Be­fore join­ing BBC Wales, he worked at Sky Tele­vi­sion where he was re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of cor­po­rate com­mer­cials and the on-air launch of Sky Sports.

The pres­i­dent of the Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val is Wyn­ford El­lis Owen.

Pa­trons in­clude Ar­fon Haines Davies, Sharon Mor­gan, Euryn Og­wen Wil­liams, Ju­lian Lewis Jones and Marc Evans.

The fes­ti­val runs from May 27-30.

Troll Bridge will get its Euro­pean pre­miere at the Car­marthen Bay Film Fes­ti­val.

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