CARYS WATFORD (Writer/Director)
Carys Watford is an award-winning Writer/Director/Producer of comedy and drama live-action short films. She is passionate about making comedic, female-led films packed with personality and heart. Her films have competed internationally at Oscar & BAFTA-qualifying festivals worldwide.
Carys' debut feature script 'Fly in the Ointment' just won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition & was a Quarter-Finalist in 2019's PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. Her latest short 'Space Girls' won the Grand Prize Children's Live Action Short Film Award at the Oscar-qualifying Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival in the summer of 2018.
Carys was selected for 2019 and 2020's BFI Network X BAFTA Crew - a professional development & network scheme. She also made the Final 15 Shortlist for Zealous' 2018 Emerge Film Prize. The Emerge Awards celebrate the diversity & merits of emerging creative talent across the UK.
'17 Things I Love About You' was made for the Reed Short Film Competition. It was selected as a Finalist in the Top 12 (from over 500 entries) and competed at a ceremony held at BAFTA Headquarters in the April of 2015.
'Theatreland', was shot in a beautiful theatre in the heart of London's West End. It had its World Premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Cinequest Film & VR Festival in California, & went on to screen in competition at multiple festivals worldwide including the Oscar-qualifying Athens Int'l Film + Video Festival (Ohio) & the BAFTA-qualifying Underwire Film Festival.
Carys' latest short film, 'Space Girls', is a fun adventure film centred around four space-obsessed 9-year-old girls who embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket. It won the Grand Prize Children's Live Action Short Film Award at the Oscar-qualifying Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, was selected in the final 10 'Best of Shorts' at the Oscar-qualifying Cinequest Film & VR Festival & won both 'Best Drama' & the 'Audience Favourite' Awards at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival in 2018. It launched online on Gunpowder & Sky's DUST channel where it has amassed over half a million views.