UWTSD students enjoy a successful partnership with It’s My Shout


Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have had the opportunity to work on a series of short films thanks to an exciting partnership with It’s My Shout

Now in its 14th year, It’s My Shout Productions Ltd specialises in producing short films for television and screen for a wide variety of partners including BBC Cymru Wales, S4C, UK Film Council and the Arts Council of Wales.

Thanks to the initiative, students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Faculty of Art and Design and School of Performing Arts have played an integral role in creating a series of short dramas and documentaries that are currently being broadcast on BBC Two Wales and S4C. 

The films were given a glittering red carpet premiere in an event held at the Wales Millennium Centre last week.  As part of the event, the annual It’s My Shout Awards Ceremony also took place where many UWTSD students were nominated.  Two students - Omid Sohrabi and Nathan Launchbury-Jones – went on to win their respective categories.

Swansea-based Omid Sohrabi, who has since gained experience with Doctor Who, won Best Lighting Trainee on the night. Omid was described by the It’s My Shout team as “an asset” this summer, working on a number of shoots in different departments and edited one of the documentaries which will be broadcast on BBC One Wales.

Nathan Launchbury-Jones, also from Swansea, was announced Best Sound Trainee at the event.  Nathan took part in seven shoots in the sound department, making fantastic contacts and becoming a mentor to less experienced trainees. Nathan has also composed a song which will make up the score of welsh language film Atal which has been broadcast on S4C.

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For each production; It’s My Shout work closely with other companies, community associations, drama groups, primary schools as well as further education and higher education establishments, to find the best new talent in Wales, providing hands on training for young people, alongside industry professionals.

The main ethos of It’s My Shout is to engage young people in a creative activity that can inspire and grow confidence as well as teaching the required skills in camera, sound, locations, runners, production assistants, animation, composing, acting, chaperoning, editing, hair & makeup, costume and set design.

It's My Shout continues to offer a unique experience in Wales by providing a gateway to the film and television industry and producing films of a high enough standard to be broadcast on the BBC and on S4C,” says Ioan Hefin, actor and Performing Arts lecturer at UWTSD.  

“This is an opportunity that’s open to everyone providing an excellent chance for students to gain experience of the industry and to create a possible network for the future.  Students from UWTSD have benefited greatly from the opportunities that have been offered as part of It’s My Shout.  What better way to start a possible career in the industry than this?

“This is an industry that’s ever changing - an industry that belongs to young people – and it’s vital that educational institutions continue to collaborate,” continues Ioan.

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Student Rhiannon Willis from Carmarthen, found the whole It’s My Shout experience to be a fantastic opportunity and went on to play the lead role in the S4C film Mirain a’r Mor.

It's my Shout was an experience that I'll never forget,” says Rhiannon.

“I began working with them through the opportunity offered to me as a student at UWTSD. My first position was as a production assistant, before moving on to working as a casting assistant. As an actress, I never expected to be doing anything like that, and to find that I enjoyed it was a great bonus!

“During the summer we created nine short films, I was a casting assistant to all nine. I was third assistant director on one of them, and was a runner on two. I also took the lead role in 'Mirain a'r Mor' which was broadcast on S4C last week. Without It’s My Shout I would have never been able to experience life behind the camera. And what more, I was able to experience life in front of the camera. An experience I will treasure forever, and all because of UWTSD and It’s My Shout.” 

The first film featuring UWTSD students - Mirain A’r Mor - a Welsh language production was broadacst on S4C on November 21st but will be shown again on BBC Two Wales on the 19th December at 2300.

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The second film - Tin Dancing Shoes - was broadcast on BBC Two Wales on November 22nd


Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk