BAFTA Cymru is the Welsh branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It was founded in 1987 and just like BAFTA, it holds an annual awards ceremony that is currently held in Cardiff. The awards recognise achievement in production, performance and craft categories in Welsh-made films and television programmes. Nominees have to be of Welsh birth or residence. The awards ceremony is completely separate from the UK-wide BAFTA awards but films and programmes recognised by BAFTA Cymru can feature at the national awards.

The 2017 British Academy Cymru Awards were held at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and were hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens. Other presenters at the event were actresses Alexandra Roach and Vicky McClure along with actors Tom Cullen and Peter Capaldi. A total of 28 awards were presented during the ceremony and there were 1000 guests in the audience with plenty of others watching via a live stream.


The 2017 BAFTA Cymru winners

  • Best Television Drama – Aberfan: The Green Hollow
  • Factual Director – Marc Evans for The Aberfan Young Wives’ Club
  • Factual Photography – Baz Irvine
  • Single Documentary – Aberfan: The Fight for Justice
  • Best Presenter – BBC journalist Huw Edwards in Aberfan: Fight for Justice
  • Best Actress – Kimberley Nixon for her role as Holly in Ordinary Lies
  • Best Actor – Jack Parry-Jones for his role in Moon Dogs
  • Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television Award – John Rhys Davies
  • News and Current Affairs category – went to Michael Sheen: The Fight for my Steel Town which looked at job losses in Port Talbot
  • Entertainment programme: Bryn Terfel – Gwlad y Gan
  • Children’s Programme – Deian a Loli
  • Editing – Will Oswald, Sherlock
  • Factual Series – The Greatest Gift
  • Special and visual effects – The Lighthouse
  • Game – Creature Battle Lab
  • Writer – Owen Sheers for Aberfan: The Green Hollow
  • Sound – Production team of Damilola, Our Loved Boy
  • Original Music – Benjamin Talbott and Victoria Ashfield for Galesa
  • Short Films – This Far Up
  • Director (fiction) – Euros Lyn, The Library Suicides
  • Sian Phillips Award – Abi Morgan
  • Breakthrough – Jenna Robbins, Aberfan: The Green Hollow
  • Live broadcast – BBC Young Musician 2016 grand final
  • Make-up and hair – Claire Pritchard-Jones, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Production design – Catrin Meredydd, Damilola, Our Beloved Boy
  • Costume – Sarah Arthur, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Photography and lighting – Richard Stoddard, Yr Ymadawiad
  • Feature/television film – Ellen