Returning for its 4th edition for 2023, The FOCUS Wales Film Festival takes place on Friday 5th May and Saturday 6th May 2023, in Wrexham City Centre.

Join us for a showcase of the best short films from Wales and around the world + a selection of feature films, industry events and networking opportunities.

The festival is proudly supported by Ffilm Cymru 73 Degree Films.

Awards in each category:

• Best Welsh Film.
• Best International Film.

Special Awards for a single film:

• Best Original Score.
• Celtic Film Award.

• Films must have been made after 1st January 2021.
• Films must be under 15 minutes (including credits).

To be eligible for the Best Welsh Short Film Award, a key member of the creative team (writer, director or producer) must have either been born in Wales or be a current resident. Please let us know if this is the case when you submit.

Submissions not matching this criteria will automatically be considered for the Best International Short Film Award.

Similarly, to be eligible for the Celtic Film Award, a key member of the creative team (writer, director or producer) must have either been born in or be resident in one of the Celtic Nations: Brittany (Breizh), Cornwall (Kernow), Wales (Cymru), Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire) and the Isle of Man (Mannin or Ellan Vannin).

We are happy to accept films in any language, however if your film is not in the English language we require you to provide English subtitles.

If your film is selected for screening, we may also request English captions to assist those attending the festival who are deaf or hard of hearing.

By submitting you are allowing us to also screen your film at the festival and use any images/media connected with the film as part of our festival marketing.

If selected, your submission will automatically be considered to be part of other FOCUS Wales events throughout the year. We will be in touch regarding these additional screenings (which may take place physically or digitally) if we believe your film would benefit.

There will be no refunds if your submission is not eligible to be considered.

Overall Rating
  • Peter Renzullo

    It was a true honour to be involved with this festival. Fantastic communication, very professional, and I was absolutely stoked to be given the accolade of Best International Short!

    October 2021
  • Roger Barker

    An interesting and enjoyable initiative. We are thankful for our film being selected for inclusion in a diverse programme held in a great venue, and for the efforts made to put the event together.

    May 2019
  • Roque Cameselle

    Super nice people running a lovely festival. Highly recommended, great networking, well organized, fantastic music events. It was a privilege to have our film's premiere there. FIVE STARS!!!

    May 2019