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Swansea to welcome films and film lovers from around the world

UWTSD’s Copper Coast International Film Festival will take place from January 29 to February 1, 2019, welcoming films and film lovers from around the world to Swansea.

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It builds upon the success of the previous two editions of Copper Coast, which saw over 5,000 entries submitted from around the world, and panel speakers including BAFTA-winning film directors Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Destiny Ekaragha (Gone Too Far) and Claire Sturges (My Brief Eternity).

In addition to screening a selection of some of the finest short films from the next generation of global filmmaking talent, this year’s Copper Coast will host a series of events with filmmakers discussing their work and their roles in this fascinating industry.

The culmination of the Festival is the awards ceremony, which will take place on the night of 1stFebruary 2019, and will present awards across many categories to the very best short films entered into the international competition.


Education is also one of the key pillars of Copper Coast. It first began as a student project at UWTSD Swansea and continues to involve students at its heart, overseeing various aspects of the Festival, from the selection process to organising screenings to running social media and marketing campaigns.

This year’s Copper Coast embraces the events centred on the Holocaust Memorial events. This year’s theme is entitled Torn from Home.  This helps extend its educational mission with this year’s edition and will run workshops for schools that will give pupils an insight into different aspects of filmmaking. In addition, a 48-Hour Film Challenge will encourage schools to make short films to enter into a special category at the Copper Coast awards ceremony.

Festival Director, Timi O’Neill said:

“This year’s edition of the Festival has given us a chance to take stock and realise that what started as a student project at the University has become an event of international reach that enriches everybody who gets involved – students, staff, volunteers, filmmakers and audiences.”

UWTSD Head Of School of Fine & Media Arts, Caroline Thraves said:

“Copper Coast continues to go from strength to strength and this year will see increased engagement with local schools, encouraging pupils to see the potential for fulfilling careers across the film industry.”