Swansea International Festival

As part of the 2015 Swansea International Festival, young film makers in Swansea were invited to make a short film of around three minutes, telling a story of their lives in the city, and what the city means to them. There were two age groups, 16-18 and 19-22, and a first prize of £200, a second prize of £100, and third prize of £50 was on offer for each category.

The judges were Sybil Crouch, Manager of the Taliesin Arts Centre; Amanda Roderick, Director of Mission Gallery; and Theo Tennant, of Swansea’s newest independent cinema – Cinema & Co. Our thanks to them for all their hard work judging the entries.

The response was terrific, with a huge variety of films that were dramatic, funny, insightful, imaginative, and entertaining. The response was so good that the competition will run again next year!

We’re delighted to announce that the 2015 winners are:

16 – 18 Category

1st Prize: Katie Ward – My Swansea

A short film to show the 2 sides of Swansea. Inspired by poet Dylan Thomas’ quote “ ugly lovely town” we have looked at both city and sea of Swansea. We also included an essence of teenage life to go along side with the music, “Wasting My Younger Years” by London Grammar.

Credits: Katie Ward, Elesha Pederson, Kimberly McClarnan.—VYLXqM4


2nd Prize: Emily Owen – My Swansea

I wanted to create a lively and upbeat video showing Swansea from the viewpoints of different people who go there. Each person I interviewed had their own version of “my Swansea” and what Swansea meant to them. I wanted my video to be interesting so mixed my own music with video footage and imagery. I aimed for it to come across as selling Swansea to many different types of people, almost like a travel advert.

Credits: Music by David Owen


3rd Prize: Jemima Pope – My Swansea

A short animated film about Swansea.


19 – 22 Category

1st Prize: Luc Daley – Dead End

A short film about a Ghost stuck in his hometown. With nothing remaining of the time he was alive, all he has are his memories.

Credits: Written and Directed by Luc Daley – Starring Gareth Thomas – Music by William Gallego – Special Thanks to Daniel Van Der Werf & Scott Jones.


2nd Prize: Joseph Jenkins – My Swansea

We owe a lot to Swansea, so this is our interpretation of what it means to us.

Credits: Joseph Jenkins, George Reynolds, Lindsey Darvell.


3rd Prize: Alexander Jones – My Swansea

The short film is inspired the works of Dylan Thomas, all feel a close personal connection to him due to studying him and growing up with him. It is also how we interpret his view of Swansea through our own. We are all new students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, so the film is also our emotion towards our new home. Covering various locations which we feel sum up of feelings. The music is by a local band called the Midweek Revival.

Credits: Jack Simmons, Aled Williams and Alex Jones

The festival would like to say well done to our winners, offer a huge thank you to everyone who took part, and commiserations to those who didn’t win a prize this time round – please try again next year!

Thanks again to everyone who took part, and to our judges who gave so generously of their time to watch all the entries and make some tough decisions.

We hope to arrange a screening of all the films at Cinema & Co in the near future – follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details!


Lyndon Jones
Artistic Director, Swansea International Festival.

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