Born in 2012, The Cardiff Mini Film Festival believes that films can be made on very little or no budget, just pure hard work and dedication from the people involved. With this in mind we bring you a festival where money is not the key to a great film, if you are a student, low budget production company or are someone who makes films at home, then this festival is for you. No longer will your entry be obliterated by a big budget production company, if you have the skills to tell a story then you could be the winner of the next Cardiff Mini Film Festival.
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, Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Downton Abbey) Ryan Eddleston (Prevenge), S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Skillset, 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.
We pride ourselves on being a bit different and you can expect to be watching films in coffee shop vaults, an antiques market, funky bars and 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.
We are supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales.
Awards & Prizes
Best Of Festival
THERE WILL BE A £500/$650 PRIZE FOR THE BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL, AS WELL AS A TROPHY
Best International Fiction Short Trophy
Best Welsh Fiction Short Trophy
Best International Fiction Big Spender Trophy
Best Welsh Fiction Big Spender Trophy
Best International Documentary Short Trophy
Best Welsh Documentary Short Trophy
Best International Music Video Trophy
Best Welsh Music Video Trophy
Best International Comedy Short Trophy
Best Welsh Comedy Short Trophy
Best International Animation Trophy
Best Welsh Animation Trophy
Best International Feature Trophy
Best International Twisted Tale Trophy
Best Welsh Twisted Tale Trophy
Best International Female Director Fiction Trophy
Best Welsh Female Director Fiction Trophy
Best International One Minute Wonder Trophy
Best Welsh One Minute Wonder Trophy
Best International Community Film Trophy
Best Welsh Community Film Trophy
Audience Choice Award Trophy
The winner of this category will receive software courtesy of Adobe
There is also a pitch competition with $1500 worth of post production assistance available for the winner.
Rules & Terms
Films must have been made on under £3,000 ($3800) and be under 30 minutes for the short film categories. If your film has been made over this amount you must submit it to the Big Spender Category.
Films must have been made after January 2016.
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.