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Cymru Awards: Nominations Announced

25 August 2015
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The nominations for the British Academy Cymru Awards in 2015 have been announced.

  • Set Fire to the Stars leads with seven nominations
  • Da Vinci’s Demons follows with six
  • Doctor Who, Jack to a King and Y Gwyll/Hinterland receive five each
  • Huw Stephens to host ceremony for the first time

Cardiff, 26 August 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced today the nominations for the 24th annual British Academy Cymru Awards, honouring excellence in broadcasting and production within film and television in Wales.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday 27 September at the St David’s Hall, Cardiff, hosted by Huw Stephens.

Drama programmes and features lead the way with Dylan Thomas biopic Set Fire to the Stars leading with seven nominations, Da Vinci’s Demons with six nominations and Doctor Who and Y Gwyll/Hinterland with five each.

Set Fire to the Stars receives nominations for Feature / Television Film; Original Music for Gruff Rhys; Make up and Hair; Photography and Lighting; Writer; Costume Design and Production Design.

Swansea City football documentary Jack to a King has received five nominations.

In the Actor category, nominations go to Peter Capaldi for his performance as the new Doctor Who, Rhys Ifans for his role in Dan y Wenallt and, for the second year in a row, Richard Harrington for his role as DCI Tom Matthias in Y Gwyll/Hinterland. In the Actress category, Harrington’s Hinterland co-star Mali Harries receives her second nomination, nominated alongside Rhian Morgan for her performances in the school-based drama Gwaith/Cartref and Jenna Coleman for her role as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who.

The Television Drama award will be hotly contested again this year with 2014 winner Y Gwyll/Hinterland going up against Under Milk Wood and Y Streic a Fi, the first drama that poet/writer Gwyneth Lewis has written for television. Lewis receives a nomination herself in the Writer category, alongside Roger Williams for TIR and the production team for Set Fire to the Stars.

Factual programming is represented by Michael Sheen’s Valleys Rebellion, Jamie Baulch: Looking for my Birth Mum and Malcolm Allen: Cyfle Arall for Single Documentary. The Factual Series category will be contested by RAF Fighter Pilot: Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Adam Price a Streic y Glowyr and Great Welsh Writers: Dannie Abse.

The Presenter category features nominations for previous BAFTA Cymru winner Michael Sheen for Michael Sheen’s Valleys Rebellion, for Rhod Gilbert in Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience and for poet Owen Sheers for Dylan Thomas, A Poet’s Guide.

The Feature/Television Film category nominees are Jack to a King: The Swansea Story, Set Fire to the Stars and A Poet in New York.

To recognise emerging professionals who have made a significant impact in television or film in Wales in the past year, the ceremony features the Breakthrough Award. The nominations are: Christian Britten for Fog of Sex: Stories from the Frontline of Student Sex Work; Claire Sturges for Sexwork, Love and Mr Right and Owen Davis for Gohebwyr: Owen Davis.

Presentations of the Siân Phillips Award, whose recipient will be announced at the Nominees Party on 17 September, and the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television will be made at the ceremony.

Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said: “It’s been an outstanding year for television and film talent working in Wales. Across all categories we’ve seen an excellent breadth of programmes and individuals represented – in both languages, and from those starting out in their careers to the very experienced. We look forward to working with our partners and sponsors on another wonderful night of celebration.”

Post-production and facilities company Gorilla returns as Key Event Sponsor and new sponsors have been confirmed as Sony, Manorhaus Ruthin, Cardiff Wales Airport, MAC, Ken Picton, Aberystwyth University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Denmaur Papers, Mr Producer and Villa Maria, who join returning sponsors who continue to support the work of BAFTA in Wales.

The ceremony will feature special guest performances and celebrity award presenters representing the best of the UK’s creative and media industries.

Huw Stephens said: "The British Academy Cymru Awards is a celebration of all the hard work that goes into making some incredible programmes and films. I’m delighted to be hosting the ceremony this year, on 27 September, so I look forward to finding out who the winners are along with everyone else on the night.

"The nominations are of such high quality, and it's great to see English and Welsh programmes given the recognition they deserve. On the night, the Awards will be full of the stars, from in front of and behind the cameras, as well as those beginning in the industry, and of course the fans of the nominated shows are very welcome to come and join in the party."

This year, additional public tickets have been made available for the ceremony, priced at £20, which will include a limited-edition Awards brochure and offers at city centre bars and clubs.

Tickets can be purchased from the St David’s Hall Box Office
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2015 Confirmed Sponsor List

Aberystwyth University
AB Acoustics
Ken Picton Salon 
BBC Cymru Wales
Buzz Magazine
Capital Law
Cardiff & Vale College
Cardiff Council
Commercial Radio Systems
First Great Western
Holiday Inn Express
Hotel Chocolat
Manorhaus Ruthin
National Screen & Sound Archive of Wales
Princes Gate
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
St David's Shopping Centre
St David’s Hall
St David's Hotel
Champagne Tattinger
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Villa Maria