FILMS by three children from Wales will broadcast on S4C this week as part of the See Yourself on Screen project. One of the films, Pethau Cŵl, is made by 12 year old Ianto Gruffydd from Pum Heol, near Llanelli, and will broadcast on S4C’s Stwnsh on Wednesday 8 July at 5.00.
The project is organized by the BFI (The British Film Institute; a charity that promotes and preserves film and television production in the UK) and they have announced the winners of their national competition, See Yourself on Screen.
The competition, run through the Young Audiences Content Fund, called on children across the UK to create and appear in a two-minute television programme reflecting on their personal experience of the lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Fifteen winners have received virtual masterclasses from professional presenters. Popular presenter Owain Williams mentored the three winners in the Welsh language category. The fifteen creations will premiere on the See Yourself on Screen partner channels – Channel 5’s Milkshake! CITV, E4 and TG4, and the Welsh language winners will broadcast on S4C between 8-13 July.
Ianto is one of three winners in the Welsh language category, open to 8-13-year olds are as follows. His film, Pethau Cŵl (Cool Stuff) is a fun snappy look at how to use special effects for various hobbies and school projects
Ianto says: “I was super super excited because it was great to have the opportunity to film, and more importantly, to edit the video”.
The two other winners in the same category are 10-year-old Osian Oyibo-Goss from Aberteifi with his film Bachgen yn erbyn Natur (Boy versus Nature), and 9-year-old Elan Llyfni Fon Jones from Pontllyfni, near Caernarfon with Lolian efo Elan (Lolz with Elan).
Sioned Wyn Roberts, S4C’s Content Commissioner says: “It has been a pleasure to be part of this scheme. It has given a platform to young people, whose lives have changed significantly during lockdown. We were thrilled to see the high standard of filming and editing, as well as all the fun ideas; it was extremely difficult to choose winners. With so much young talent in Wales, the future of the creative industries is certainly secure. Hopefully viewers of Stwnsh will enjoy the films.”