Over four days in May 7th-10th, Wales International Documentary Festival will draw independent filmmakers, industry experts and international audiences to Cardiff from all over the world. This year we are working in partnership with national broadcaster S4C to bring more opportunities than ever before to meet with decision makers from all the UK, Europe and rest of the world. Based in Wales' capital city, Cardiff, for the first time ever we will be showing our featured films in one of the UK's biggest arts centres, Chapter, and organising workshops, screenings and networking events across the city.

Soon we will be announcing details of next year's programme, alongside news about a new award for student filmmakers in association with Wales School of Film & TV and the CILECT network of film schools.

Once more we will screen over 50 films, will host networking events, masterclasses, training programmes and celebrate the best in documentary film making over the last year, from creative feature-docs to online short-docs.

International Feature Prize
This prize recognises and promotes independent filmmakers working in creative documentary. Successful entries will tell incredible stories in an innovative and cinematic way.

Short Docs Prize
This award recognises the best in short-form documentary.

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.

Ffilm Ddogfen Gorau yng Nghymraeg
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The film must be completed after 1st January 2017 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 ​Sunday 07 May 2019​. ​

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

    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
  • Martha Gorzycki

    This is a very fun festival with outstanding support for filmmakers. The people of Blackwood are warm and welcoming. Dave, Aleksandra, Llaima thank you for your hard work, generosity and never-ending hospitality. It is an honor to receive Best Short Film Award and to have the opportunity to dialog with other documentary filmmakers and funders from around the world. You have organized one of the best festivals I have attended, including the greatest parties! THANK YOU!!!

    April 2018