Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in Llanelli in honour of Wales Hollywood star Gareth Hughes
A FOUR-DAY film festival in Llanelli is returning for its second year running next month.
The second ever Carmarthen Bay Film Festival will be running from Tuesday, April 9 until Friday, April 12 at the Stradey Park Hotel, featuring films of all genres from across the world.
Organiser Kelvin Guy said this year's festival would be even bigger and better than last year's inaugural event, with more than 60 films being shown for free during the week — twice as many entries as last year.
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Mr Guy, who lives in Burry Port, set up the festival last year after being inspired by his ancestor Gareth Hughes, who was Wales's first Hollywood star in silent films.
He said: "The standard of films is really high this year with quite a few big independent studios entering. You can see the quality.
"We are looking to support Welsh language films.
"There has never been a film festival in Carmarthenshire, so it is about trying to encourage filmmaking and give existing filmmakers a lifeline." Throughout the event, films from Wales and the UK will be shown alongside entries from America, France, Portugal and the rest of the world, covering a wide range of genres from documentaries to feature films.
And the maker of the best film will receive a £6,000 prize in recognition of their work.
The 48-year-old former Bryngwyn pupil, who works nights at Morrisons in Pemberton, first got into filmmaking four years ago when he decided to make a documentary about the life of Gareth Hughes.
He said despite huge interest in the festival, it was being run on a "shoestring" budget — and said he was looking for sponsorship and funding to expand the event next year.
"It's great this year," he said. "If it keeps on growing it's going to become Wales's premier film festival — but we need funding."