Copper Coast International Film Festival 2020


06.02.2020

The Copper Coast International Film Festival returned for its fourth run from January 27 to 31, with a packed week of screenings and speakers, and a variety of discussions and debates.

The Copper Coast International Film Festival returned for its fourth run from January 27 to 30 2020, with a packed week of screenings and speakers, and a variety of discussions and debates.

At the heart of the festival was an international short film competition, with entries submitted from around the world. The nominated films were screened throughout the week, culminating in an awards ceremony, hosted by UWTSD Honorary Fellow Mal Pope on Friday, January 31.

Mal said: “I was delighted to be a part of this year’s festival.  It’s been exciting to see how the students own their festival with so much support from the UWTSD Staff.  This was my fourth year and each year the festival has grown.  Who knows where it could go in the future?”

To open the festival, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, Emmy award winning director and producer Chris Durlacher discussed film and television’s transforming coverage of history and the holocaust and screening excerpts of his documentary, “Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit”. In addition, a selection of Israeli short films were also screened.

 

Professor Mark Blagrove of Dreamslab and Dr Julia Lockheart also discussed dreams and their relationship to the cinema. Staff from the BA Film & TV course at UWTSD Swansea explored the question, ‘is humanity worth saving’ through the perspective of five sci films.

And BAFTA chaired an event that saw the nominees for the Best Short Film award at the recent BAFTA Cymru awards discuss their career paths into the industry and offer advice for emerging filmmakers.

UWTSD Professor of Practice Marc Rees, interdisciplinary creative, said: “Festivals play a pivotal role in the career trajectory of any filmmaker so Copper Coast Film Festival is a brilliant way for the students to learn and understand the mechanics of one. Copper Coast Film Fest belongs to them that's why it's so unique and exemplary, I was blown away by the talent that I saw on screen last year and I was delighted to return to the festival to hand out the Best Director award.”

BAFTA chaired an event that saw the nominees for the Best Short Film award at the recent BAFTA Cymru awards discuss their career paths into the industry and offer advice for emerging filmmakers.

Academic Director Caroline Thraves said this year’s festival ‘explored new ways to help students engage with matters of global importance’. “We are proud to host an event that sees each year deliver new experiences for the students and new ways of thinking about these experiences. The programme has developed an approach to film that embraces diversity and ensures that no-one is left out of having the ability and right to tell their story,” she added.

Timi O’Neill, Festival director and Programme Manager of BA Film & TV at UWTSD Swansea College of Art said: “Having the first day of the festival set on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz meant that this year’s event both remembered those lost in that dark period of history, but also testifies to the strength of the human spirit to overcome these evils and to be resolute in saying that we will never forget.”

Also joining the festival for the second year was Swansea-based Cygnet Distillery. Robyn Lee, head of commercial and PR / Marketing manager for Cygnet Distillery said of the collaboration: “We were pleased to be involved with the film festival again this year. Last year was a really successful event for us and we were glad to be able to support this event for the second year. It’s been exciting to see the calibre of talent that’s produced and for Cygnet, being a local and proud Welsh heritage gin distillery, to be there supporting this event with arrival gin and tonics and soft drinks, is something that we’re incredibly proud of.” 

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