Copper Coast International Film Festival 2020


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

At the heart of the festival, organised by UWTSD's Swansea College of Art, is an international short film competition, with entries submitted from around the world. The nominated films will be screened throughout the week, culminating in an awards ceremony, hosted by Mal Pope on Friday, January 31.

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 will be discussing 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 will be screened.

Also at the festival, Professor Mark Blagrove of DreamsID and Dr Julia Lockheart will be discussing dreams and their relationship to the cinema. Staff from the BA Film & TV course at UWTSD Swansea will be exploring the question, ‘is humanity worth saving’ through the perspective of five sci films.

And BAFTA will chair an event that sees 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 she wanted this year’s festival ‘to explore 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 means that this year’s event both remembers 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.”

Screening times and venues will be announced closer to the event dates.

For further details, please contact Festival Director Timi O’Neill at

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