The Children’s International Film Festival of Wales celebrates the best and brightest in International film programmes for children, students, and professional filmmakers from across the world. This includes, short films, feature films, animations, and films that inspires younger generations.

Our festival will showcase films made by youth and professionals in animation, live-action, and documentary, while local filmmakers will have a special category to aid in supporting local talent. The festival will not only feature amazing films, but it will also offer wonderful Red Carpet awards night to celebrate the films that have been selected and nominated for the 2021 Festival.

Best Of Festival Awards

This category covers all ages including children’s films made by adults.

Best Film of the Festival (Winner- Free submission to the prestigious Fusion International Film Festival)
The Blue Balloon Award for most original story
Best Screen Play
Best Local Film of the Festival
Best School project

Category- Adult & Professionals
Best Scientific or Educational Film
Best Animated Film
Best Music
Best Film Poster
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Screen Play
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Actor/Actress
Best Director
Best Film

Category 16-18 years
Best Scientific & Educational Film
Best Animated Film
Best Comedy
Best Film Poster
Best Sound Effects
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Actor/Actress
Best Director
Best Film

Category 13-15 Years
Best Scientific or Educational Film
Best Animated Film
Best Comedy
Best Film Poster
Best Sound Effects
Best Screen Play
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Actor/Actress
Best Director
Best Film

Category 7-12 Years
Best Scientific or Educational Film
Best Animated Film
Best Comedy
Best Film Poster
Best Sound Effects
Best Screen Play
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Actor/Actress
Best Director
Best Film

1. Organisation
The Film Festival is an annual, competitive, International film festival presented by Cymru Creations a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community beneficial projects.

2. Mission

The Children’s Film Festival promotes the amazing creative work made by children and children's films made by professional filmmakers. We aim to share their work on an International level, and provide viewings and prizes for the best work per category.
We provide opportunities for diverse communities to connect with, and celebrate powerful images of their own communities and cultures, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.

3. Entry

Submit a film to our FilmFreeway platform. Entry fees for our festival are kept low compared to most other festivals to encourage children from all backgrounds to submit their work.

Step 1: Create an account at www.filmfreeway.com
Step 2 : Create a project page & Upload your finished film.
Step 3: In the film festival section, search for the 'Children's International Film Festival of Wales'
Step 4: Click on the 'Submit Now' button.

4. Eligible Films and Videos

All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 18 and under. Each film will be designated a category depending on age and media type. Films made from 2018-2021 are eligible for submission.
All entries whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Dialogue lists or scripts are not acceptable as a substitution for this rule and should not be submitted to the festival — we do not use them.

5. Selection/Festival Director
Selection will be made by an independent selection committee made up of experts in their own fields. Each jury will change annually. Each decision is final.

Festival Co-Director - Kevin Phillips
Festival Co-Director - Alan Terrell
Technical Director - Richard Warner
Educational Director - Steven Knapik

Presenters- Jay J Sweeney and Kevin Davidge

6. Criteria for Selection

We look for films that provide strong role models for all children, films with positive messages and films with good artistic qualities. They must not contain gender, racial or cultural stereotypes and biases. The content of the films should fit the ideals of racial and gender equity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.

Stories should be culturally authentic, timely, uplifting and have universal appeal to young audiences. Plotlines, ideally, should be child driven.

We welcome any films made by adults for children or young people. These submissions will be entered into the relative categories.

Films should not contain gratuitous violence or explicit nudity. Sexual content of any kind is not appropriate for our audience. Strong and/or repeated profanity will disqualify your film.

Entries may be disqualified for technical or procedural reasons, including:

Any entry not subtitled or dubbed into the English language. (This is enforced for both submission and festival screening purposes. Scripts or dialogue lists may not be sent as a substitution for this rule).

Films and videos that are aimed primarily at an adult audience.

7. Notification of Festival Status

The Festival will inform all entrants no later than September 10th 2021 if films have been selected for the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales.

8. Screenings
Screenings will take place during the festival, in possible multiple venues. Filmmakers and distributors should indicate on the Festival Film Submission Form if they do not want to give permission for their films to be included in this program.

9. Festival format of films and videos selected.
All short films must be sent to us as .mov, or .mp4 files. Precise specifications will be provided upon acceptance of the films.

10. Correspondence and contact
For more information, contact Kevin Phillips or Richard Warner on 01495 711157 (Option 2) or info@cymrucreations.co.uk

11. Transportation of films and videos selected.
The formats of films selected for festival inclusion must arrive at the Festival offices no later than October 1st 2021.

12. Refunds
Once your work has been submitted to the festival no refunds are available, this include both if the submitter withdraws the film/screen play or if the festival disqualifies the film/screen play for any of the reason.