Wales International Film Festival

27 September 2019

Cerebra volunteer Samuel Turner has been shortlisted to receive an award at this year’s Wales International Film Festival.

Samuel Turner is a young man with a passion – for supporting us and for making films. He is thrilled to be able to combine both with a shortlisted entry to this year’s Wales International Film Festival. His short film “Where efforts begins with Cerebra” is all the more remarkable as Samuel is autistic and has learning difficulties. Samuel has a passion for film making and this film follows two earlier videos called ‘My story with Cerebra’ and ‘Cerebra I’m coming home’. You can view Samuel’s film entry here.

Cerebra supports children with brain conditions and Samuel has been a supporter since 2017. To date he and he and his family and friends have raised almost £2000 for the charity through bake sales, runs and sponsored events, which have also helped to raise the charity’s profile. Samuel and his family are relocating to west Wales in September 2019 when Samuel will be able to become a full time volunteer working on Cerebra’s Collection Box scheme.

Euros Jones Evans (CEO of the Wales International Film Festival) said “We are thrilled to have Samuel’s project as a finalist at this year’s Wales International Film Festival and to also be promoting the great work that Cerebra does”.

The third Wales International Film Festival (WalesIFF) will take place on 23-24 September, 2019 at the Gwyn Hall, Neath, South Wales. The venue will be the festival’s new home for the next three years. The event is supported by their strategic partners which includes Neath Port Talbot Council, Neath College, Neath Inspired, Gravells, Confucius Institute UWTSD, Tanabi Group and Bay Studios as they expand and grow the festival over the next few years. The Wales International Film Festival will be held over two days at the Gwyn Hall and will screen over 50 feature, short films and animation projects with the official Awards Gala held on 23 September at the Gwyn Hall, Neath. There will also be an opportunity for up-and coming filmmakers to network with industry experts and experienced Producers and Directors during the event as well as scheduled free workshops with industry experts.

Over 500,000 children in the UK live with a brain condition, such as autism. This can make normal activities such as learning, playing or simply experiencing the world a huge challenge. Through our research, we offer solutions and advice to help these children and their families enjoy lives full of hope and discovery.

Good luck Samuel!

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