An Tarow’s festival success continues with a nomination in the Best Celtic Short Film category at the BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival. With over 1000 films submitted to the festival this year, the category recognises the best Celtic produced work and use of the Celtic languages from Wales, Ireland North or South, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Scotland and Brittany.
The other seven nominated films include Orson Cornick’s Choker filmed in Cornwall, Angor by Bangor based photography Paul Hanks, The West Kerry Cowboy by Cian O’Connor, Leave the Road Behind You by Daniel Butler, Pale Saint by Rhys Marc Jones, and Boat Boy Joe Madden.
Also nominated was Sema Basharan’s recent documentary The Signalman which recently featured on BBC One’s Inside Out South West and has been previously screened at Newlyn Film Festival, Cardiff Mini Film Festival in June last year, and London’s British Documentary Film Festival where it won in the Best Student Film category. The film follows the life of the only violin maker in Cornwall in the early twentieth century who gained wide spread renown for his craftsmanship. Sema’s previous work includes Unknown Ravens and Life Lessons.
An Tarow, which shot on location across Redruth, Truro, Carn Brea, Watergate Bay and West Penwith follows Jackson New in the role of Peder who finds enough courage from his mother’s Cornish tales to confront his abusive father. The film features Edward Rowe in the role of Mal, who’s recent film Bait was nominated for Outstanding British Film in the 2020 BAFTA’s with director Mark Jenkin picking up the BAFTA for Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer. Bryher Flanders, whose previous credits include work with R&D, Soho Theatre, Bunker Theatre, RADA and BBC New Creatives, plays Peder’s mum Cara. With local Cornish actor Tim Cartwright playing teacher Mr Cormoron.
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival made the announcement alongside other award nominations on their Facebook page which can be watched here.
The press kit is available to view here.