The Cardiff Mini Film Festival has been taking over unusual venues to screen film since 2012. To ensure any newcomers to the industry aren't obliterated by any high budget production companies we separate our programming into high budget and low budget, so please ensure you tell us what your budget was for the actual making of the film (marketing and distribution excluded).

You can expect to watch a film in a coffee shop vault, a shopping centre basement, an antiques market, themed bars and any other fantastic unusual venues we can get our hands on. This is a festival for those that like to mingle with a drink throughout the day whilst enjoying the best up and coming short films.

All kinds of people come to our festival, from actors to musicians, as well as special guests from within the industry which in the past have included Boyd Clack (Twin Town, Satellite City, High Hopes), Kirsten Jones (Satellite City, High Hopes), Philip John (Being Human, Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Downton Abbey) Ryan Eddleston (Prevenge), Kevin Allen (Twin Town), S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Skillset, Festival Formula, Cult Cymru and many more people to meet to discuss your career in the industry.

We also screen many special under distributed films for those film lovers out there, in underused spaces such as bars and empty shops.

We are supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film Hub Wales and ForCardiff

Best Of Festival

Best International Fiction Short Trophy (Low budget)
Best Welsh Fiction Short Trophy

Best International Fiction Big Spender Trophy (High Budget)
Best Welsh Fiction Big Spender Trophy

Best International Documentary Short Trophy
Best Welsh Documentary Short Trophy

Best International Music Video Trophy
Best Welsh Music Video Trophy

Best International Comedy Short Trophy
Best Welsh Comedy Short Trophy

Best International Animation Trophy
Best Welsh Animation Trophy

Best International Feature Trophy

Best International Twisted Tale Trophy
Best Welsh Twisted Tale Trophy

Best International Female Director Fiction Trophy
Best Welsh Female Director Fiction Trophy

Best International One Minute Wonder Trophy
Best Welsh One Minute Wonder Trophy

Best International Community Film Trophy
Best Welsh Community Film Trophy

Audience Choice Award Trophy
The winner of this category will receive software courtesy of Adobe

There is also a pitch competition with $6000 worth of prizes and mentor assistance available for the winner.

Films must have been made after January 2017.

Our panel comprises of industry judges who are not connected with the festival. Their decision is the final decision.

We may use a short clip of your film in our festival trailer. By submitting you are allowing us to also screen your film at the festival.

There will be no refunds to those who have not read the rules for entry and find out they are not eligible to be considered.

Overall Rating
  • david connor

    Amazing festival and great weekend in beautiful cardiff. Jody Tozer was such a great host and her communication before festival was exemplary. Thank you

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much.

  • Jess O'Brien

    Sadly, we weren't able to attend but we would like to thank the organisers for selecting the film and for their clear and consistent communication surroundign the festival. Definitely recommend submitting.

    July 2018
  • Stephen Bobinski

    Though I wasn't able to attend, I would like to thank the organizers for selecting my two animations and for their excellent communication. Hopefully I will get another animation selected in the future and be able to attend. Thanks again to everyone involved !

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your lovely review.

  • Juan Paulín

    This festival was great and great comunication :D

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your lovely review. All the best.

  • Abigail Wright

    The communication for Cardiff Mini Film Festival was top notch, and we are so honored to have been screened as part of this festival! They made attending so attractive and accessible - I'm so sorry we weren't able to attend because of conflicts with gigs and travel time, but it looked like such an incredibly fun time. Thank you so much for the care you took with your curation of films and the clarity with which you communicate to your filmmakers.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your great review.