UWTSD hosts successful Copper Coast International Film Festival 2018


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is celebrating a successful Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF) 2018 with over 3,000 entries from all over the world.

Comprised of a three-day short film festival, with a gala awards ceremony on the final day, CCIFF, which showcases the very best storytellers the world of film has to offer, was set in the heart of Swansea and housed within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art.

This year’s awards focused on the theme of diversity with many of the films submitted reflecting fears and issues that do not always find their way into the mainstream press.

Caroline Thraves, Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts, Swansea College of Art (UWTSD) said: “The Copper Coast International Film Festival had a huge International reach with over 3,000 entries from all over the world. The success of the festival was down to the hard work of the staff and students who through the festival demonstrated that Swansea is a thriving cultural destination.”

Films created by American filmmaker, writer, director, producer and composer Hal Hartley were screened at CCIFF, with speakers including Kevin Allen, Destiny Ekaragha, Clare Sturges and Chris Durlacher.

UWTSD’s Timi O’Neill,  Programme Director MArts & BA Film & TV said: “After a hugely successful Swansea Film 17 festival (receiving over 2100 entries from every continent), the BA Film & TV team decided to make a few changes for 2018. Firstly, the event has been renamed the Copper Coast International Film Festival (CCIFF). The new name synthesizes Swansea’s Industrial heritage with its ambitious aim of becoming a modern European city. Secondly, the team developed a screening schedule that covered three days (two for screening, one for the Awards ceremony) at venues that reflect Swansea’s newly emerging rich cultural quarter that is the new heartbeat of the city.

"Finally, the philosophy of the festival placed diversity at its core. Responding to the much publicised events that have caused the film & TV industries across to the world to be scrutinized, the team created a festival that had a socially engaged ethos to promote a wide a range of stories and storytellers, reflecting the multi vocal nature of film.

The range of this year’s awards reflected the wide range of talents involved with the film industry. These included; Best Welsh Language Film, Best Animated Film, Best actress, Best Actor, Best Film and UWTSD ALUMNI Achievement Award.

The full list of Copper Coast International Film Festival 2018 winners and nominated are shown below:







Yr Hen A Wyr     - Director Kameron Harrhy

Aros – Director Ashley Evans



Royal – Director Kristian Kane

and Lewis Carter


A Garbage story – Director Olivier Bernier


Life Project. Anastasia – Director David Munn



When the Night Comes- Director Youssef Nathan Michraf

Catch –  Dekel Nitzan


Vae Victis – Director Francisco Porras Martínez




Nadine Nourney - Moonlight Princess

Nadia Kounda – When the Night Comes

Laura Hickmann – A Mother of Monsters


Frederik de Groot – Memories of you

Josep Maria Riera – Late Show

Gareth Watkins - Cari






RIP – Screenplay


Albert Pintó

 and Caye Casas



When the Night Comes – Screenplay Youssef Nathan Michraf

 and Axel Würsten



Catch – Screenplay Dekel Nitzan





Latifa Said - Wasteland


Risheeta Agrawal – Naughty Amelia Jane


Julia Zanin de Paula – A Mother of Monsters






Memories of you – Director Bart Schrijver



Naughty Amelia Jane –

Director Risheeta Agrawal



A Mother of Monsters – Director Julia Zanin de Paula








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