Carmarthen Bay Film Festival to host gin-interactive film night

Film fans will get to enjoy award-winning gins from maverick distillery In The Welsh Wind at an interactive film night at this year’s Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.

In The Welsh Wind is the ‘official gin’ of the four-day film festival which is being held at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre from May 16-19.

The interactive film night is on Tuesday, May 17 where filmgoers in the theatre and online viewers will be able to decide the twists and turns of the interactive films shown.

As part of the evening’s plot, In The Welsh Wind will be at the theatre offering gin tasting from its range of award-winning spirits.

The company, which is based near Cardigan, is also sponsoring the prestigious feature film category, which will be presented by distillery co-founder and director Ellen Wakelam at the awards dinner on May 19. It is the first time the distillery has supported the festival.

Ellen said: “Gin has a great history with the movies. Whether it’s James Bond’s dry Martinis, Marilyn Monroe drinking Manhattans in Some Like it Hot or Humphrey Bogart’s classic line in Casablanca ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine’.

“With such a strong link, sponsoring the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and bringing gin to the movies seems the perfect partnership.

“We’re looking forward to being involved in the interactive film night, which sounds like a really fun and interesting night, and of course being at the awards. We’d like to wish everyone involved in the festival and all of the filmmakers all the best for a successful event.”

Kelvin Guy, the festival’s chief executive, said: “The Carmarthen Bay Film Festival is very proud of its Welsh roots, so we’re delighted to be able to work with and support local Welsh brands and encourage their involvement in the festival and film making here in Wales.

“We’re excited to be working with In the Welsh Wind and look forward to strengthening our ongoing collaboration this year and into the future.”

Recognised as Wales’ premier film festival, it is a BAFTA Short Film and BAFTA Cymru qualifying film festival and now receives more than 1,000 submissions from filmmakers across the world.

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Carmarthen Bay Film Festival chief executive Kelvin Guy and In the Welsh Wind Distillery owner and director Ellen Wakelam discuss nominations.


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