This evening we were invited as press for the 25th annual British Academy Cymru Awards.
The awards honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film and television in Wales and over the years have celebrated some of the greatest talent in Wales.
The ceremony was hosted once again by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, where presenters included BAFTA-winning actress Sian Phillips, Michael Palin and Torchwood star Eve Myles.
Feature documentary Mr Calzaghe won three BAFTA Cymru awards, for Special Achievement in Film, Director: Factual (Vaughan Sivell), and Sound.
Yr Ymadawiad/The Passing also won three awards, for Actor (Mark Lewis Jones), Production Design (Tim Dickel) and Writer (Ed Talfan).
Tim Rhys Evans: All in the Mind won two awards on the night, for Single Documentary and Editing (Madoc Roberts). Hinterland/Y Gwyll also won two, for Television Drama and for Actress (Mali Harries).
Doctor Who won the Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphics category and 2015 Breakthrough Award winner Clare Sturges won the Short Film category with My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le.
In the factual programming categories, Factual Series was won by Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie (Siobhan Logue). Rondo Media picked up two awards for Les Miserables Y Daith i’r Llwyfan in the Entertainment Programme category and Côr Cymru – y Rownd Derfynol in the Live Outside Broadcast category.
Will Millard won the Presenter award for Will Millard in Hunters of the South Seas, and BBC Cymru Wales won the News Coverage award for Argyfwng y Mudwyr and the Current Affairs award for Life After April.
The Sian Phillips Award was presented to the BAFTA-winning make up artist Siân Grigg by actress Sian Phillips who received the Outstanding Contribution Award from BAFTA Cymru in 2001, and after whom BAFTA Cymru have named their second special award.
The presentation of the Award was preceded by three congratulations videos from Ioan Gruffudd, Suffragette director Sarah Gavron and Leonardo di Caprio.
Di Caprio said “It has been an incredible experience working with you. I cannot think of anyone in the world who is more deserving of this Award. You are truly inspirational and I hope to work with you for another 20 years.”
The ceremony closed with the BAFTA Cymru for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television being presented to BAFTA-nominated Monty Python member, Terry Jones.
The award was presented by his friend and fellow Python, Michael Palin.
Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said:
“As the 25th British Academy Cymru Awards draw to a close, it has been a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this year’s outstanding winners and us to look back through the archives at the spectrum of winners that we have celebrated over the years and reflect on the way the industry has developed since BAFTA became established in Wales. We look forward to the next 25 years of celebrating talent in this country and to working with all our nominees and winners on upcoming BAFTA Cymru events encouraging and inspiring emerging Welsh talent to become part of our vibrant industry.”
To celebrate 10 years of Torchwood, actors Gareth David Lloyd, Eve Myles & Naoko Mori were all in attendance as award presenters.