The third Wales International Film Festival (WIFF) will take place for the first time ever at the Gwyn Hall, Neath, South Wales as part of a three year commitment to the area and with the valued support of Neath Port Talbot Council.
Founded by Euros Jones-Evans and Samira Mohamed Ali, the event will be run by Festival Directors Georgios Dimitropoulos and Kelvin Guy and will run over 2 days between 23-24 September 2019.
The festival will be open for submissions world wide from 10 October, 2018 where competitors will be able to enter their projects into 24 different categories via FilmFreeway platform.
WalesIFF will be held over two days, and will screen over 50 diverse feature, short and animation film projects in the run up to the WIFF Awards Gala at the main theatre at the Gwyn Hall on 23 September, 2019. The festival will also include special seminars and training for up-and coming filmmakers from industry experts as well as experienced Producers and Directors
WIFF was founded by Festival Directors’ Euros Jones-Evans, Samira Mohamed Ali and Kelvin Guy.
Euros is the co-founder of WIFF and has been involved in production for the last 10 years. Euros recently directed and produced his first feature film ‘By Any Name’ which was based on the No.1 selling novel by Katherine John. He is very passionate about film in Wales and and has over 15 years experience which includes film finance, film production, creative direction and production marketing.
SAMIRA MOHAMED ALI
Samira is an award winning actress, producer and brands model and has experience of working with many global companies over the years. Samira looks after the operational side of WIFF with her experience in business and banking and being an Ambassador for the Welsh Government and UKTI and has worked across the globe and over the last 5 years in Asia and the Middle East on feature films and digital projects.
Kelvin is the founder and CEO of Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and is a BAFTA Cymru Judge and the Chair of UFFO code of conduct Committee for Wales. Kelvin has been very passionate about film since an early age since he first filmed the history of Gareth Hughes in the US and developed a number projects within Wales. Kelvin teamed up with Samira and Euros to form the leadership team for WIFF with a focus on growing the festival nationally over the next 5 years.
Ralph is a goal orientated and focused financial professional with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ralph has played the role of CFO to many international corporations and organisations and more recently ventured into Film Finance as part of the Executive team at Tanabi and he very much looks forward to being involved in the expansion of WIFF over the next 5 years.
Georgios has been a serial entrepreneur for the past 26 years and is currently an academic at the SOM at Swansea University but also runs his businesses in the creative and service industries. Working as a film/media producer with several production companies from all around the world, has provided Georgios with extensive experience in utilizing his story telling capabilities by creating beautiful cinematic images for the production of TV commercial spots, TV broadcasting, documentaries & short films.
Ralph Watkins is a management consultant and producer. First attracted to the industry by a small acting role in 'By Any Name' (2017), Ralph is now applying his business experience to the film world with Tanabi Films through Producing Executive Producing their latest projects and he is very proud to be part of the WIFF team.
Judges and Patrons
Film Judge, Writer and Critic
Vincent De Paul
PGA & Double Emmy Award Winner
2015 & 2016
Multi-award winning author
Writer, Actor & Director
WIFF Events Team