Now in its 15th year, Ffresh – the Student Media Festival of Wales – features the best student work from Wales, the UK, and abroad, along with masterclasses, panel sessions and workshops with some of the industry’s most renowned and respected figures.

Previous guests have included directors Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Asif Kapadia, Jonathan Caouette, Matt Lipsey, Matt Lambert, and Gaston Kaboré; screenwriters Andrew Davies and Tim Firth; producers Stephen Garrett, Bethan Jones, and Sally Hibbin; highly acclaimed visual artists Lichtfaktor and Semiconductor; international FX companies The Mill and Double Negative; Oscar winning editor Jim Clark; and animators Johnny Kelly, Merlin Crossingham, Phil Mulloy, & Peter Dodd, amongst many others.

The festival programme also includes all the shortlisted work for the prestigious Ffresh awards. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the best work being created by the up-and-coming media talent from around the world, and to provide a vital link between higher education and the media industry sector.

Ffresh is a BAFTA Cymru qualifying festival.

Ffresh also runs two BFI Film Academies in South Wales for 16-19 year olds in VFX and Animation.

PLEASE BE AWARE WE MAY ASK FOR STUDENT IDENTIFICATION TO CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE A STUDENT. THIS FESTIVAL IS JUST FOR STUDENTS.

Please check with your educational institute first to check if they are a member of Ffresh, as they may be able to give you a password that will enable you to submit to us for free. If your education institute would like to talk to us about being a member of Ffresh please get them to email us on info@ffresh.com.

Awards & Prizes

We will be handing out our legendary large wooden awards to the winners of the following categories:

INTERNATIONAL

International Fiction
International Documentary

WALES ONLY

Fiction
Documentary
Music Media
Animation
Welsh Language
Motion Graphics
Visual Effects
Games & Interactive
Ffresh Further Education Fiction (Just for FE/Colleges)

Please check with your educational institute first to check if they are a member of Ffresh, as they may be able to give you a password that will enable you to submit to us for free. If your education institute would like to talk to us about being a member of Ffresh please get them to email us on info@ffresh.com.

Rules & Terms

1) Entries may be in English or Welsh.

2) Moving image entries must be no longer than 30 minutes in length, with the exception of entries into the Motion Graphics category, which are to be no longer than 60 seconds in length.

3) All entries must have been completed between 30/11/2014 and 30/11/2016. If you have entered your film previously please do not re-enter it.

4) All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e. music, images, etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.

5) The majority of those involved in the production must be/have been a registered student/s in further or higher education at the time of production. Proof may be necessary in some cases.

6) Shortlisted entries will be screened/demonstrated during the Festival programme.

7) Winners will be presented with their awards during the Ffresh Awards Ceremony, which will take place in March. There will be no prior notification of winners.

8) The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

9) The deadline for entries shall be 15th January 2017.

10) If you are shortlisted we may ask you for identification to confirm that you are a student.

11) All games & interactive entries must include a showreel of any artwork design or walkthroughs that have been created. This showreel can be a maximum of 3 minutes long.

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    Guto Thomas

    Great event and over the moon to have won the 'Best Fiction' category and 'Best Of Festival' awards for our short film Fortress! Great way of seeing the talent of Welsh Filmmakers as well as international submissions. Fantastic judges as well!

    May 2017