UWTSD celebrates a successful night at the BAFTA Cymru Awards


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is celebrating today after two nominations it was associated with won their respective categories at last night’s BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony in Cardiff.  

A short film on the late Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond, supported by the University and Maggie’s Cancer Caring won the Short Film category while a programme that followed a production of Les Miserables, again supported by UWTSD, won Best Entertainment category.

The University also sponsored the Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity Category at the prestigious ceremony which was won by the Doctor Who production team.

My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le gave Brightest Films’ Creative Director, Clare Sturges, her second BAFTA Cymru award of her career for this moving short-form documentary.  The documentary follows former UWTSD lecturer Osi Rhys Osmond as he creates his final piece of work for the upcoming Maggie’s South East Wales Centre during the late stages of advanced cancer.  Sadly, Osi passed away not long after Clare finished filming in March 2015.

"It's fantastic to win my second BAFTA Cymru Award – this time for a short documentary that has so many inspiring qualities,” says Clare.

“I hope the film will continue to reach as many people as possible, including everyone who comes to Maggie's in Wales and around the UK. Osi was a man of great insights: I'm very proud to have documented just a small part of what he had to share.”

Clare won the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award in 2015 – the first female director to do so – and is now the winner of a second BAFTA for her inspiring and poignant piece.

Sarah Hughes, Centre Head at Maggies South West Wales said, “We are thrilled that My Brief Eternity has won the BAFTA award. This film is an authentic and powerful project to raise awareness of cancer and of Maggie’s across Wales, challenging people’s assumptions and inspiring those who are living with cancer."

Dr Ian Walsh, UWTSD’s Dean of Faculty of Art and Design said:  “Osi Rhys Osmond was a passionate artist and proud Welshman. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and students at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. His legacy is clearly to be seen in the lives and work of so many young artists in Wales and beyond. It is fitting that this very human and personal film, which captures the essence of the man, has received such an accolade. The University was proud to support the production and delighted at the outcome.”


UWTSD’s winning streak continued in the Entertainment Programme Category with Les Misérables, Y Daith i'r Llwyfan - a series produced by Rondo Media following the Urdd Theatre Company’s staging of the musical – clinching the award.

Les Misérables – Y Daith i’r Llwyfan took a behind the scenes look at the Welsh language production that featured a cast of 130 young people from all corners of Wales.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David in association with the Wales Millennium Centre, Urdd Gobaith and Ysgol Glanaethwy proudly presented the Welsh medium production in Cardiff last October to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the Wales Millennium Centre and the Urdd Cardiff Sleepover.

The production was a huge success as was the partnership between UWTSD and the Wales Millennium Centre – a collaboration that has already received great recognition having won the 2016 Arts and Business Cymru Award for Arts, Business & Brand Identity.

“We’re delighted that Rondo Media won the Entertainment Category at last night’s BAFTA Cymru Awards for Les Misérables – Y Daith i’r Llwyfan,” says Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at UWTSD.

“We’re very pleased to have been associated with such a wonderful production that gave so many young people across Wales the opportunity to take part and to perform at the Wales Millennium Centre.  It was a huge privilege to be involved with the project.”

UWTSD has a great reputation for offering a range of courses in the creative industries – from art and design to theatre and performance – and is delighted to have been involved at so many different levels with this year’s BAFTA Cymru Awards.

The number and range of courses offered by the University will also grow over the next few years to coincide with the development of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin that will be established on the Carmarthen campus.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a development that will be home to a cluster of companies and organisations from the creative and digital industries as well as being the new home of S4C’s main headquarters.  The centre will open in early 2018.