The fifth annual Wales International Film Festival (WalesIFF) will be held between 15-17 September 2021 at the iconic Gwyn Hall, Neath, South Wales. The festival was founded by Euros Jones-Evans and Samira Mohamed Ali who also runs the festival. #WalesIFF is a non-profit organisation and is now open for submissions world wide where competitors are be able to enter their projects into 20 different categories via FilmFreeway. WalesIFF will be held over three days in partnership with NPTC, Neath College Group, Gravells, Neath Inspired, Confucius Institute (UWTSD), Tanabi Group and will screen over 80 feature, short films and animation projects with the Awards Gala held in September at the Gwyn Hall. There will be an opportunity for up-and coming filmmakers to network with industry experts and experienced Producers and Directors during the event as well as join organised film location discovery tours around the local area including Margam Country Park. There will also be a welcome networking session on Wednesday 15 September 2021 as well as a festival wrap party on Friday 17 September, 2020.

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Bydd Gŵyl Ffilm Ryngwladol Cymru’n cael ei chynnal Medi 15-17, 2021 yng nghanolfan Neuadd Gwyn, Castell Nedd, De Cymru. Sefydlwyd y digwyddiad gan Euros Jones-Evans ac Samira Mohamed Ali ac sydd yng ngofal y gweithgareddau.

Bydd yr ŵyl yn agored i gyflwyniadau ar draws y byd o 21 Medi, 2020, lle bydd cystadleuwyr yn medru cyflwyno eu prosiectau i 20 gwahanol gategori drwy blatfform FilmFreeway.

Bydd yr Ŵyl yn parhau am 3 diwrnod, ac yn dangos dros 80 o ffilmiau gwahanol – yn ffilmiau hir, byr ac animeiddiad. Yn ystod yr ŵyl cynhelir seminarau a hyfforddiant arbennig gan arbenigwyr yn y diwydiant ar gyfer gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau’r dyfodol, yn ogystal â Chyfarwyddwyr a Chynhyrchwyr profiadol.profiadol.

Wales International Film Festival will award the main winners for each category and some categories will have an additional 'Jury's Award' for any projects that stand out.

Rules & Terms
1 Films made anywhere in the world are eligible to be submitted for consideration in one of the following categories:
2 If the Film’s final running time is more than 2 minutes and less than 30 minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Short film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Feature film, it will be included for consideration only in the Short category.
3 If the Film’s final running time is more than 60 minutes and less than 90minutes including credits if any, the Film may only be submitted as a Feature film. Even if the Film has been submitted as a Short film, it will be included for consideration only in the Feature category.
4 The Festival does not require première status for submissions.
5 The Film may have been previously screened in its entirety at a theatrical exhibition anywhere in the world, in which tickets were available to the public.
6 The Film may have been previously released on DVD or broadcast on television or the internet anywhere in the world.
7 It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted Film. The Organizers will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted Film. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials.
8 Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on screen English subtitles.
9 If your submission is accepted we may require an electronic copy for screening purposes which WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
10 The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted on one of the recommended standard formats.
11 Your submission must have been completed after January 2017

**IT IS OUR POLICY THAT ALL ELECTRONIC VIDEO FILES OF FILM MAKERS' PROJECTS WILL BE DELETED AND NO COPIES HELD ON FILE ONCE THE FESTIVAL FINISHES**

MUSIC VIDEO
A video that accompanies a complete piece of music or song.
Requirements: Your Submission must be a music video that has been purposely created as a visual representation of a chosen piece of music or song. Submissions must be an original interpretation created for a band or artist, either a narrative or abstract representation of the music or performance. We will accept unofficial, ’spec’ music videos. All rights to the music used in the video must be cleared with the applicable owners/licensors.
Judging considerations: We are looking for entries that visually represent the accompanying music in a complementary, fresh and highly creative way, in both concept and execution.

FEATURE/SHORT FILM
A live action narrative fiction told through the medium of video.
Requirements: Your Submission must be an original live action narrative video that exemplifies the art of fictional storytelling. Submissions may come from, but are not limited to, the following genres: comedy, action, drama, musical, horror, etc. Your submission should be a complete story that is presented in a clear, creative, and original way.
Judging considerations: We are looking for creative excellence in videos that push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking and storytelling

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE/SHORT
A video that presents a factual report on a chosen subject or idea.
Requirements: Your submission must be an original documentary that exemplifies the art of non-fiction storytelling. Submissions may include a variety of storytelling methods: presenter led or narrated, fly on the wall, point of view, ambient, or personal stories, etc. Your submission should be a complete idea that is presented in a clear, innovative and original way.
Judging considerations: We are looking for an engaging, creative video that provides insight into a real person, lifestyle, cause, belief, or situation through nonfiction filmmaking methods.
ANIMATION
A story told by giving life to inanimate objects or character designs using computer technology or frame by frame animation.
Requirements: Your submission must be an original animated short video that illustrates the art of animated storytelling. Submissions may include the following styles of animation: 3D, 2D, mixed media, or any form of stop motion.
Judging considerations: We are looking for animation that deploys a high level of technical, conceptual, and aesthetic innovation in order to enchant the viewer with a strong, engaging story.
EXPERIMENTAL
A video that experiments with new ideas and/or techniques, often characterized by the absence of a linear narrative.
Requirements: Submissions may include video art, abstract works, or any other non narrative-based work that breaks new ground in moving image.
Judging considerations: We are looking for videos that explore new ideas or techniques to further filmmaking as an art form, free from the constraints of the traditional narrative form.
We are looking for Submissions that:
• Are based upon an interesting concept;
• Are innovative;
• Are well crafted; and
• Create an emotional resonance

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Razid Season

    My film Kaddish was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Short in this festival. They seem very organized and had promoted all the selected films, as well as finalists that secured some nominations. We loved to be part of their 2020 festival. I recommend this to all.

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    Response from festival:

    Hi Razid,
    We are very grateful for your support for this year's festival and thank you for your feedback. Congratulations on being nominated in the Best 'Foreign Language Short Film' category and we hope that you will be part of our festival again very soon.

  • Owen Elliott

    We were thrilled that our feature Being Gavin was a finalist at WIFF2020. A great festival run by a great team.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Owen,
    Congratulations for being nominated at this year's Awards with 'Being Gavin' and a very big thank you for supporting our festival. We hope that you will be part of our event again very soon and in the meantime best of luck with your next project!

  • Wei Zheng

    I am very lucky to attend the festival in 2019 and to be part of it in 2020 again. It was a great experience. The event is very well organized, and presents great networking opportunities . Looking forward to the 2021 edition.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Wei Zheng,
    Thank you very much for supporting the festival for the last 2 years, we are very grateful for entrusting us with your projects. We hope that you will be able to be part of the next year's festival and in the meantime best of luck with your projects.

  • Chris Quick

    Superb film festival and delighted we came away with the Jurys special prize for Short Comedy. Sadly, due to covid, the festival couldn't take place in a physical form but the organisers excelled in making it a fantastic online event. Will definitely return in the future and hopefully next time it will be in person.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Chris,
    Congratulations to you and your team on winning the Jury's Award in the Best Short Comedy category, we are very grateful for your support with this year's WalesIFF and we hope that you will be part of our festival again in the near future.

  • I hope that they become the festival of choice in Wales....

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Robert,
    Thank you very much for supporting our festival this year and for your feedback. We would like to congratulate you on reaching the nomination stage with your project 'Another Day' in the 'Best Short Film Based in Wales' category. We hope that you will be able to be part of the festival again in the future and in the meantime, we wish you the very best with your next production.