'Premiere' start to the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Day One of the prestigious Carmarthen Bay Film Festival kicked off in Llanelli with the exclusive world premiere of a move set in Llanelli.
There was a spontaneous round of applause at the end of the screening of The Shadow Of The Missing at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on Monday night.
And cast and crew delighted members of the appreciative audience with an impromptu Question and Answer session on the film.
Shadow Of The Missing mixes comedy with ‘found footage’ horror as it tells the story of a group of filmmakers who go to an abandoned Llanelli church one night. Filming took place in the summer of 2015, but, since then, Park Church in Murray Street has been decimated by fire.
The blaze has been incorporated into the film – and plot lines were tweaked to make it add to the mystery.
Jamie Lee Smith, the American film producer behind the project, said: "We have built a story for our movie around the history and mythology of this region. It made sense to hold our very first screening right here where it all took place."
Shadow of the Missing features several recognisable faces from the world of comedy, television, and film – and one of the Llanelli Star’s reporters.
Jamie said: "We loved working with local talent both in cast and crew. They have been so supportive of this effort."
Through a unique on-set mentorship programme, the project also provided opportunities for young filmmakers from across Wales and the UK to learn valuable real-life movie making skills.
Jamie will remain in the UK this week to promote both the movie, student mentorship, and the concept of filming in Wales in general.
Now in its fifth year, the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival promises is bigger and better than before. And all screenings are free to the public. Just turn up at the Stradey Park Hotel.
“We’re now firmly established on the international film festival calendar,” said festival chief executive Kelvin Guy.
“Entry submissions increase dramatically every year and we get film-makers from every corner of the globe entering the event.
The festival runs until Friday, May 13.
Tuesday night saw the premiere of another film from Wales – By Any Name. This action thriller, based on the book by Swansea author Catrin Collier, features award-winning Swansea-based actress Samira Mohamed Ali
There will also be screening of other major films, including one starring Brian Cox.
There will be a special gala awards presentation night on May 12. This will be hosted by TV personality Arfon Haines Davies.
Mr Guy said: “Film-makers will be flying in from Russia, Holland, the USA and many other parts of the globe.
“It is astonishing how the festival has grown in popularity from very small beginnings.
“They say great things grow from little acorns and that is very true of the film festival.”
There is added glitz and status to the festival as the event is on the approved list for BAFTA Cymru Wales.
You can find out more about the festival on the website –
Kelvin Guy and Jamie Lee Smith at Monday night’s premiere of The Shadow Of The Missing.
The Q and A session at the end of The Shadow Of The Missing
Programme for the remaining days of the festival -
TUESDAY MAY 10TH. ALEXANDRA SUITE SCREEN1 Start 11:30am
Short Film Dreaming of Peggy Lee (drama)11mins
Help! I'm in love (teen comedy)17mins
Sexy Jalapeños (comedy)16mins
PLANET X (sci-fi)8mins
Rip It Up and Start Again (comedy)7mins (total run time 60mins)
Break Zephra (sc-fi)30mins
Standing Still (comedy)13mins (total run 45mins)
1:20pm-1:45pm(approx.) short break
Treasure On Caldey Island (comedy)18mins
Victoria (drama)8mins (total run time 30mins) 2:15pm
Welsh Language Short Film (Gwobr John Hefin)
Pili Palod Penygroes 10mins
Nain Stori Wir (F Rated) 5mins
Cymanfa Garu 17mins (total 32mins)
2:50pm Short Films
The Trophy Thief (drama/sports)15mins
The Drunk: Getting Home (comedy)7mins (total run time 60mins)
3:50pm Comfort Break 10mins
4:00pm Short Films Put Down (comedy)10mins
Whisper (drama F Rated)11mins
Howell (made in Wales) 5mins
Murmur (drama/thriller F Rated)8mins
Self-Control (comedy F rated)15mins
Division (drama)11mins (total run time 65mins)
5:10pm End of Afternoon Session
6:00pm- Locked Up (short drama)20mins Inspired by true events. Tia has it all; loving family, great friends and an advancing career. However, her world gets turned upside down when an obsessed neighbour decides to abduct her and keep her all for himself. Locked up in a handmade cupboard designed to keep her hostage she finds herself in a new kind of hell.
7:30pm-By Any Name (Feature Film)90mins The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Katherine John and is a No.1 best seller on e-book Amazon and a bestseller in Germany, Poland, the US and UK. Recently selected as one of Amazon’s chosen spotlight authors, Katherine John is currently profiled on most online platforms across the US, South America and Europe. By Any name is an action movie that follows the story of one man's search for his identity. Found running through the forest, covered in blood, John West, an amnesiac is admitted to a psychiatric hospital under the care of Dr Elizabeth Santer. With no record of his existence to draw on, the military fear a potential terrorist attack. Taking Dr Santer hostage, John West flees to the Brecon Beacons in the hope of discovering his past. Pursued by Captain Chaloner and the military, his identity is revealed in a terrifying conclusion.
WEDNESDAY MAY 11TH. ALEXANDRA SUITE START 11:30
Short Film Mano a Mono (made in Wales Rated) 12mins
Couple Confine (made in Wales F Rated) 4mins
Are We There Yet? (made in Wales) 6mins
Closure (drama) 15mins
The Issue (made in Wales) 10mins
DisPossess (made in Wales F Rated) 20mins
Hole (drama)20mins (total run time 87mins)
1:00pm-1:15pm(approx.) short break
Rituals (made in Wales F Rated) 9mins
Brooklyn Blues (drama) 10mins
Thomas & Edwin (made in Wales)9mins
The Ditch (horror short) 8mins Hole (drama)20mins (total run time 40mins) 5min
Out of Darkness into Light -
Newbridge Memo Experience (short documentary)33mins
Bells on the Western Front (made in Wales feature)50mins (total run 83mins)
5 Comfort Break Plentyn Clown (made in Wales)13mins
Manana (made in Wales)30mins (total run 45mins) 10min
4:30pm Feature Presentation
Say it with Flowers (comedy feature)50mins
End screenings 5:30pm (approx.)
WEDNESDAY MAY 11TH BRYN Y MOR SCREEN 2
Start 11:00 Music Videos
Don't Be Lying 3mins
I Miss You 5mins
SABES TÚ You Know 9mins (total run time 20mins)
Animation Revoltoso 30mins
Tooth Fairy 3mins Dinner For Few 10mins
Cruisin' for a Bruisin' 1.30mins
The Beach Boy 7mins Apple 3mins
Αγρινούι (Agrinoui)19mins (total run 1hr:22mins)
The Eve 20mins
Damaged Goods 4mins
Drone Shorts Flying through Dresden -
Opening Sequence for 'Blindgaenger' 1mins 22
YoumiTrip 2mins 40 RyyS Drone Show reel 2015 1mins 54
Look Up, Not Down! 0:39
Sky Tec Showreel 4mins
Adventure in Sport 2:10 (total run 18mins)
Makini (short documentary)19mins
THURSDAY MAY 12TH ALEXANDRA SUITE START 11:00
The Shaman of Rust (Feature Documentary)50mins
Arrivederci Rosa (drama F Rated)18mins (total run time 68mins)
5mins Comfort Break
Manana (made in Wales)30mins
The Poor Rich Man- His Life Through My Lens (student short documentary)16mins
Last Night (made in Wales)6mins (total run time 45mins)
1:00pm-1:15pm (approx..) short break
The River Man. (short documentary)17mins
The Old Signal Box (made in Wales)24mins (total run time 40mins)
5min Comfort Break
Zero (Sci-Fi, drama)30mins (total run time 60mins)
Killing Thyme (comedy)23mins
End of Screenings 3:15pm (approx.)
THURSDAY EVENING Gala Awards 6:30PM
Hosted by Arfon Haines Davies
FRIDAY MAY 13TH BRYN Y MOR START 11:30
Ripcor: Riding with Mamils (Documentary Feature)52mins
Isabella (student short drama)9mins (total run time 61mins)
5mins Comfort Break
Save our Male Voice Choirs (documentary feature) 60mins
1:30pm-1:45pm(approx.) short break
Yours Accidentally (drama)30mins
The Girl in The Dress (comedy F Rated) 15mins (total run time 45mins)
Airport Donetsk (short documentary)37mins
Plentyn Clown (made in Wales)13mins (total run time 50mins)
5mins Comfort Break
Sleeping Dogs (drama)17mins
Wasteworld (horror short) 12mins
Drawn Away (made in Wales)13mins
Jewish Blind Date (comedy)16mins (total run time 60mins)
5mins Comfort Break
Feature Presentation Granny of the dead- Feature Film 1hr:25mins Produced by the Director of SHARKNADO comes an action packed gore fest. The film follows regular guy Ed (Marcus Carroll), who awakes one morning to find that his Gran has become one of the living dead End of Screenings 6:00pm (approx.)