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 fiction 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).

All British films accepted into the 2024 Cardiff Mini Film Festival are eligible to be entered into the 2024 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

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, Downton Abbey), Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Ryan Eddleston (Prevenge), 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.

Cardiff Mini Film Festival is brought to you by Bulldozer Films Ltd.

Best Low Budget Fiction

Best Big Spender Fiction

Best Documentary

Best Twisted Tale

Best Animation

Best One Minute Wonder

Best Welsh Film

Best British Student Film

Films must have been made after January 2022.

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
  • Sunita Soliar & Statten Roeg

    We had a great time in Cardiff. It is an intimate and fun festival with lots of cool films and we met some very interesting people. They were very prompt with all replies and lovely all around. Thank you so much for screening Spoor!

    February 2024
    Response from festival:

    We are so pleased you had a good time. Thanks for reviewing us.

  • I was unfortunately unable to attend the in-person event, but I'm honored to have had my film selected for the festival. Communication and organization were great. Thank you so much!

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.

  • Lowri Palfrey

    Thank you Cardiff Mini Film Festival for including Hêri in the best welsh short category. It was a brilliant day and held at the iconic venue that is Clwb Ifor Bach. Great to see so many fantastic Welsh films on the big screen.

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much. We are glad you had a nice time.

  • Ty Morgun

    It was a great event, with amazing passionate people involved, loved to see all the brilliant films and meet the creative minds behind them.

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    We are so pleased you enjoyed it.

  • What an awesome festival this is! Great communication, selection and spirit. Very grateful to have had an opportunity to screen my film (all 60 seconds of it!) in beautiful Wales. Hir oes i wyl ffilmiau mini Caerdydd!

    January 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We are so pleased you've had a good experience.