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Wales’s leading contemporary film director, Marc Evans is to be honoured for his work both as an artist and as someone who has given generously of his time to nurture future talent. The Cyfrwng Award looks to honour those who are both leading figures in their own right, but have also sought to bridge the gap between the creative industries and the academic world.
Marc is a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries and has been a frequent contributor to workshops and master classes for students in a number of Welsh universities. As a member of the Industry panel of the Skillset Screen and Media Academy Wales Marc has offered advice and support that has been of huge benefit to students looking to break in to the hugely competitive film and television industries.
Marc’s most recent film Patagonia starred Matthew Rhys and Nia Roberts and gave a screen debut to Duffy. His new film Hunky Dory starring Minnie Driver and rising Welsh star Aneurin Barnard is a comedy set in a high school and is due for release later this year. Marc’s range and versatility is his trademark with other work ranging from the landmark House of America to the innovative contribution to the contemporary horror genre, My Little Eye.
Cyfrwng and the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of Glamorgan is proud to present Marc with this award at the 2011 Cyfrwng Conference dinner held at the new Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama building in Cathays Park on June 16th at 7pm. The conference and dinner will be attended by delegates from across the world who are gathering to look at the opportunities and challenges for small nations such as Wales who look to the creative industries as a vital part of their cultural and economic futures. The conference will be opened by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
Conference organiser and Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations Professor Steve Blandford said: ‘Marc has always been very generous in giving his time to students. Coupled with his outstanding achievements as a director this makes Marc a very deserving recipient of an award designed to honour those prepared to share their talents, experience and skills with the next generation. We are delighted that this year we are presenting the award to Marc Evans.’
Media wishing to cover the event and arrange interviews should register their interest at the University of Glamorgan press office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01443 654419.