Welcome to Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, the highly successful BAFTA Cymru and now BAFTA British Short Film Competition Qualifying Festival.

We are honoured to have been added to the BAFTA British Short Film Competition B list of qualifying festivals and one of only two based here in Wales.

To find out more about rules and regulations concerning BAFTA, please visit their website.

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 1000 from 70 plus countries for our 2020 festival. Not only have the submissions increased over the years, but the number of filmmakers and festival patrons attending has as well.

Our 2022 festival will be our 11th festival, and we intend to be live and in person at the impressive Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli, the jewel in the crown of Carmarthenshire Theatres here in Wales. We will also be screening online on the Sparqfest Film Festival Platform.
The CBFF team are already working on a fantastic programme to complement the selected and in competition films, which will be announced closer to the festival.

It's all about the celebration of excellence and our motto is:

‘Excellence Should Be Seen On Screen’ and we will always be a champion of independent film.

Films Judge by Industry Jury,

Widely promoted Festival,

Committed to Transparency,

BAFTA British Short Film Competition Qualifying Festival

BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Festival

IMDB Qualifying.

We are also very proud to have the name of John Hefin associated with the festival. With the John Hefin Award lifetime achievement award. And we are delighted that John Morgan of JM Creative accepted this award during our 2019 awards gala.

Would you please read the brief bio about John below?

John Hefin first became involved in television work in 1960, when he responded to a newspaper advertisement for apprentice production assistants. During the 1960s, he worked as a producer and director for BBC Wales. In 1974, he helped create the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwm, the longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC. He also co-wrote and directed the 1978 TV rugby comedy film Grand Slam and led the 1981 drama series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. This nine-part series, a biopic based on the Welsh PM, drew on conversations with Lady Olwen, his eldest daughter, and AJ Sylvester, his secretary. In 1984, John was the director for the narration for an animated version of Prince Charles's children's story, The Old Man of Lochnagar.

Following his post as Head of Drama with BBC Wales, he worked in the Theatre, Film and Television Studies Department at Aberystwyth University. In 1988, he became the artistic director of Film Cymru (later renamed the Wales Film Council), entrusted with commissioning films from independent Welsh producers using S4C funds. He was also Chairman of the Film Commission Wales and Chair of Cyfrwng, a Welsh media journal and network. He retired from the BBC in 1993. In 2004, he directed and filmed part of a documentary featuring the artist Sir Kyffin Williams, Reflections in a Gondola
John was awarded the MBE in 2009 for "services to Welsh film and drama". In 2012, he was awarded the BAFTA Cymru Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television Drama.


All of us here at CBFF would like to give a big thank you to the Rapids Network for adding something very special to next year’s Carmarthen Bay Film Festival #CBFF2022.

The entertainment and streaming cryptocurrency and blockchain network will once again be our Short Film category sponsor and festival partner and are also offering 10 000 Rapids (RPD) to the winner of the #CBFF Best Short Film.

This will mean that the #CBFF2022 Best Short Film winner will have the opportunity to deploy a #Rapids Master Node on the Rapids blockchain and so be able to generate a passive income that could even go some way to financing; their future projects!!!

This is a marvellous prize, and we are extremely grateful to the whole Rapids Network Team.

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival is now a BAFTA Cymru/Wales qualifying festival.

By being ‘officially selected’, your film has been considered to be, of a high standard and worthy of being screened during the festival itself. This is the first step of a three-stage process.

For the next stage, a number of the ‘officially selected’ films are then shortlisted to be judged for the category awards. These are the ‘nominated’ films.
The last stage is winning your selected category.

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 a 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, if any Film is not submitted on one of the recommended standard formats. We only accept mp4, and .mov
9a.If your project is selected you must make it available for download within 10 days, either through FilmFreeway or Vimeo after being informed of its acceptance. If you do not, your film will be deselected without a refund of the submission fee.
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 undergraduates or postgraduates 1 year after leaving full or part-time study. You must follow these guidelines or your submission will be automatically disqualified without a refund of your submission fee.
14. If your film is selected you agree to not expect or request a screening fee.
15.Your submission must have been completed after January 2019.
16.By submitting you agree to all CBFF rules and guidelines


A live-action narrative fiction told through the medium of video.

Requirements: Your Submission must be an original live-action narrative video that exemplifies the art of fictional storytelling. Submissions may come from but are not limited to, the following genres: comedy, action, drama, musical, horror, etc. Your submission should be a complete story that is presented in a clear, creative, and original way.

Judging considerations: We are looking for creative excellence in videos that push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking and storytelling


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; and
• Create an emotional resonance

Overall Rating
  • This festival is very well organized and professional, and we're grateful that they have supported our work.

    November 2021
  • Great Festival! Congratulations CBFF! Greetings to Carmarthen from Athens 🇬🇷

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Manos, thank you for your kind words; we appreciate it.

  • Adam Smith

    This is such an amazing festival!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Adam

  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    It's a true honor to be a part of this festival. The director and staff were so warm, professional, and a joy to work with. The whole experience was excellent in every way.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi, Cindy thank you so much for your kind words.

  • MinHee Sun

    It was very nice festival

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks MinHee