Countdown is on to the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

The countdown is well and truly on, with just over two weeks to go to the start of the first Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.

The team behind the festival – the first of its kind to be held in Llanelli – is busy putting together a varied programme of events.

It all kicks-off with a special charity screening of the classic comedy film Grand Slam.

Macmillan Cancer Support will benefit from the event, which will be held at Parc y Scarlets on Tuesday May 1.

Special guests will include Glyn Lloyd Evans, Maldwyn Novello Pugh and Josephine – also known as Dewi Pws Morris, Sion Probert and Elizabeth Morgan.

The evening will feature a question and answer session with the stars and will be held in The Quinnell Lounge, Parc y Scarlets.

Tickets are on sale, priced at £10, from Parc y Scarlets ticket office – call 0871 871 8088.

The charity screening will be a ‘scene-setter; for the main festival, which will start on May 8, running through to the weekend of May 12-13.

“The aim is simple,” said festival chief executive Kelvin Guy. “We want to showcase Welsh and Wales-based film-makers.

“In doing so, we also want to create as much community involvement as possible and really help to put Llanelli on the map for film.”

Mr Guy is well known for his work as the biographer of the very first Welsh star in Hollywood, Gareth Hughes.

Llanelli’s links with the world of film and cinema go back to the very start of the industry and we will be working hard to explore the many links between Llanelli and Wales and the world of the movies,” said Mr Guy.

“But this won’t be an event just looking back at the past. We want to celebrate and recognise the very best new talent we have in Wales and, hopefully, help to put budding film-makers and film stars on the road to success.”

The highlight of the festival will be an awards ceremony and gala dinner of Sunday, May 13.

Mr Guy added: “An exciting programme is taking shape and we will be releasing details of film entries next week.

For more information see:
Facebook – Gŵyl Ffilm Bae Caerfyrddin-Carmarthen Bay Film Festival Community Group
Twitter – @kelvinpguy

Photograph: Kelvin Guy with an old photo of movie star Gareth Hughes
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