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Catherine Zeta-Jones quits as Swansea festival patron

Catherine Zeta-Jones has quit as patron of a south Wales film festival, after it was strongly criticised by visitors.

Catherine Zeta Jones has joined Michael Sheen in distancing themselves from the slated film festival

The Hollywood star’s decision to disassociate herself from the Swansea Bay Film Festival follows the resignation of actor Michael Sheen.

Last month Mr. Sheen resigned as vice president of the festival.

The event was recently slated in a YouTube film by festival-goers Steve Rosen and Teri DeBono.

The pair made a documentary about the festival called “Looking for an Audience”, describing it as “unquestionably the worst event of its kind.”
Organisers of the festival back in February commented on the criticisms made in the documentary.

They said: “It’s a great shame when some excellent films get small audiences and we share the disappointment of film makers who fail to get the numbers they would wish to see attend their screenings.

“To that end we are increasing the number of screening venues for 2011 and the quality of our media partners in spreading the word about the films being seen.”

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