Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (8th)


27 Jul 2018
Call for entries

31 Jan 2019
Festival closed

31 Mar 2019
Notification date

27 May 2019
30 May 2019


Park,  sa16 0bw, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short Films >2' 40'<

 qualifying festival
Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2016
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
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Festival start: 27 May 2019      Festival end: 30 May 2019

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival has gone from strength to strength over the years. From our first festival in 2012, we have gone from 35 submissions to well over 650 from 52 different countries for our 2018 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years but the number of filmmakers and festival patrons attending has as well.
We have had filmmakers flying in from the US, Holland, Italy, France and many parts of the UK. The number of festival partners has also grown with Stradey Park Hotel, BAFTA Cymru, RTS Wales, S4C, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Felin Foel Brewery and many more. The festival is now a BAFTA Cymru/Wales qualifying which means that any film screened during the festival and made here in Wales is eligible to apply to be considered for a BAFTA Cymru award.

Our 8th festival will see some significant changes, for the last seven years, the festival has been held at the Stradey Park Hotel here in Llanelli. The hotel has been very supportive, and without their help, the festival would have been unable to get off the ground. So with the full backing of the Stradey Park, we felt it was time to move on and try something new. So for 2019 CBFF will be held at one of Wales’ premier theatres in the centre of Llanelli, which will bring a new and exciting dynamic and feel to the festival.

It's all about fairness, our motto.
‘This festival is honest’ and will always be, a champion of independent film.

Films Judge by Industry Jury,
Widely promoted Festival,
Committed to Transparency,
BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Festival

We are also offering a 25% discount off submissions fees until the 31st. of August
Use the code d2a8305b755cf9edc

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival is now on the approved festival list for BAFTA Cymru awards entry eligibly. This means that any short film produced in Wales and selected to screen at CBFF 2019 can apply to BAFTA Cymru to be considered for competition.

1. Films made anywhere in the world are eligible to be submitted for consideration

2. If the Film’s final running time is more than 2 minutes and less than 40 minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Short film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Feature film, it will be included for consideration only in the Short category.

3. The Festival does not require première status for submissions.

4.The Film may have been previously screened in its entirety at a theatrical exhibition anywhere in the world, in which tickets were available to the public.

5.The Film may have been previously released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet anywhere in the world.

6.It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted Film. The Organisers will not be held responsible for the unauthorised inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted Film. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorised inclusion of any copyrighted materials.

7.Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles.

The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on screen English subtitles.

8.If your submission is accepted we may require a hard copy for screening purposes. All Films must be on a single DVD Disc (single or dual layer) or Blu-ray if required. We also accept file transfer via wetransfer or similar service. DVD'S and Blu-rays WILL NOT BE RETURNED

9. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted on one of the recommended standard formats.

10. It’s the submitters responsibility to make sure they provide the correct screening file for consideration. CBFF will not be held responsible if the incorrect file is provided.

11. If your submission is excepted it is your responsibility to make sure the correct version of your entry is made available for screening purposes. CBFF will not be held responsible if the incorrect version is provided.

12 If your submission is nominated for an award you agree that the judge’s decision final

13.Please note that any discount codes relating to Students may only be used by the qualifying submitters. Student discount may only be used by either under graduates or post graduates 1 year after leaving full or part time study. You must follow these guidelines or your submission will automatically disqualified without refund of your submission fee.

14.Your submission must have been completed after January 2016

15. By submitting you agree to all CBFF rules and guidelines


A video that presents a factual report on a chosen subject or idea.

Requirements: Your submission must be an original documentary that exemplifies the art of non-fiction storytelling. Submissions may include a variety of storytelling methods: presenter led or narrated, fly on the wall, point of view, ambient, or personal stories, etc. Your submission should be a complete idea that is presented in a clear, innovative and original way.

Judging considerations: We are looking for an engaging, creative video that provides insight into a real person, lifestyle, cause, belief, or situation through nonfiction filmmaking methods.


A story told by giving life to inanimate objects or character designs using computer technology or frame by frame animation.

Requirements: Your submission must be an original animated short video that illustrates the art of animated storytelling. Submissions may include the following styles of animation: 3D, 2D, mixed media, or any form of stop motion.

Judging considerations: We are looking for animation that deploys a high level of technical, conceptual, and aesthetic innovation in order to enchant the viewer with a strong, engaging story.


A video that experiments with new ideas and/or techniques, often characterized by the absence of a linear narrative.

Requirements: Submissions may include video art, abstract works, or any other non narrative-based work that breaks new ground in moving image.

Judging considerations: We are looking for videos that explore new ideas or techniques to further filmmaking as an art form, free from the constraints of the traditional narrative form.


Poetry film is a subgenre of film that fuses the use of spoken word poetry, visual images, and sound to create a stronger presentation and interpretation of the meaning being conveyed. This fusion of image and spoken word (both independent and interdependent) creates what William Wees called the "Poetry-film" genre.

We are looking for Submissions that:
• Are based upon an interesting concept;
• Are innovative;
• Are well crafted;



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