NEWS: Due to the ongoing international crisis we have postponed this year's festival. We are currently looking at the end of September 24th to 28th as alternative dates. We wish all our friends, partners and other that they keep safe and well and follow local advice to stay home.

When we're back we will once more showcase and celebrate the best of creative documentary film, while providing industry guests with the opportunity to meet and network with decision makers from all the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

We're a boutique festival with a big heart, and our fifth anniversary edition will bring many surprises - from special film screenings, networking events, master classes and training programmes, to the best parties in town.
This year we have a new category, BEST MUSIC DOC, and prize money for best feature and best short film.
To mark the 80th Anniversary of the start of World War II we are particularly interested in looking for films which deal with the issue of 'PEACE'.

Look out too for news of our jury, workshops and guest speakers. EARLY BIRD entries until November 25th!

Submit your film now for a chance to join us in Cardiff!

International Feature Documentary Prize
This prize recognises and promotes films and filmmakers who identify and tell universal stories that transcend borders, told with cinematic flair and demonstrating empathy and understanding of their subject. Last year's winner was "Home Games" dir. Alisa Kovalenko

Short Docs Prize
Celebrating imaginative filmmakers that push the documentary form to its limits, while keeping the audiences at the edge of their seats. Last year's winner was "Stretch" dir. Jay Bedwani

Micro-Docs Prize
Micro-Docs have become an important form driven in large part by the demand for online content. Online documentary is a new and powerful medium of storytelling, education and activism that reaches an ever broader audience through social media. Last year's winner was "Traffic" dir. Andrew Gough

Ffilm Ddogfen Gymraeg Orau | Best Welsh Feature Documentary Film
Mae'r wobr hon yn cydnabod ac yn hyrwyddo gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau annibynnol sy'n cynhyrchu ffilmiau ddogfen creadigol. Rydym yn chwilio am ffilmiau yn yr iaith Gymraeg sy'n adrodd straeon anhygoel mewn ffordd arloesol a sinematig. Enillydd llynedd oedd "Anorac" dir. Gruffydd Davies
This award recognizes and promotes independent filmmakers producing creative documentary films. We are looking for films in the Welsh language that tell incredible stories in an innovative and cinematic way. Last year's winner was "Anorac" dir. Gruffydd Davies

Ffilm Ddogfen Fer Orau Gymraeg | Best Welsh Short Documentary Film
Mae'r wobr hon yn cydnabod y gorau mewn ffilmiau ddogfen fer yn yr iaith Gymraeg. Enillydd llynedd oedd "Ar Y Cei Yn Rio" dir. Griff Lynch
This award recognizes the best in short documentary films in the Welsh language. Last year's winner was "Ar Y Cei Yn Rio" dir. Griff Lynch

Best Sports Doc
Films with innovative and creative approaches to sports stories which can transcend the boundaries of sports and reach out to wider audiences. Last year's winner was "Kaiser" dir. Louis Myles. In partnership with Cardiff Met.

Best Music Doc

The film must be completed after 1st January 2018 and non-English language films must have English​​ subtitles​ in order to be considered​. Unfortunately at this time we cannot accept rough cuts.

By submitting ​a film you agree with ​WIDF's submission guidelines and ​the potential use ​f​or non-commercial purposes​ and in our festival taster​ clips.

The online preview of your film has to be accessible until ​Monday 04 May 2020​. ​

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form is properly submitted.

If your film is selected, you must provide a press kit, including production stills that the festival can use in its promotional materials, publications and on social media.

​The festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes to these rules and regulations at any time and without notice.

Overall Rating
  • Lois Norman

    Thank you so much for selecting and screening She Is Juiced: Slice Two -Ope Lori! So sorry I couldn’t make it in the end because the talks and events looked of a great standard. All luck for the future and keeping Documentary film making at the forefront of Independent film in Wales and beyond! Kindest. Lois

    June 2019
  • Csaba Hernáth

    Fantastic festival! Great hospitality, beautiful films. I hope to come cack someday!

    May 2019
  • Overall very nice, the projection team was late to request a projection copy and then very rude and threatening. After I swallowed that bitter pill it great.

    May 2019

    A wonderful festival!
    A great leap is expected.

    May 2018
  • L B

    What a truly amazing festival it was. We had our film THE MAYOR'S RACE running in the documentary feature competition. I'm so grateful for the warm welcome, the great screening and Q&A and of course the party afterwards. Again thanks a lot and keep up the great work!

    May 2018