Cardiff International Film Festival
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October 2018
The Cardiff International Film Festival is an international event which is supported by the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council. In 2018 it will again be hosted in the historical Pierhead Building in the heart of Cardiff Bay, Wales. The Festival will take place from Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st and there will also be events taking place at the Senedd which is the seat of the Welsh Assembly Government and is adjacent to the Pierhead.
Cardiff is a vibrant and cosmopolitan City with a rich history and architecture. People visiting Wales's capital City will be able to experience some spectacular sights all within easy reach of wonderful restaurants, bars, hotels and shopping.
Wales is rapidly becoming a Mecca for filmmakers with the advent of new film studios and an ever-growing popularity of film locations in unique areas of outstanding natural beauty. This is coupled with a fertile and highly skilled cinematic and TV workforce.
The festival patrons are Michael Sheen (Welsh Actor - Frost/Nixon, Underworld, The Queen), Matthew Rhys (Hollywood Actor - The Post, The Americans), Marc Zicree, (Writer/Producer - Star Trek- TNG, Babylon 5, Space Command), Emraan Hashmi (Bollywood Actor - Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, The Dirty Picture,) and Jaqueline Fernandez (Bollywood Actress - Race 3, Drive, A Gentleman)
In 2017 our festival jury consisted of John Altman (Actor - EastEnders, An American Werewolf in London), Bethan Jenkins (Welsh Assembly Member -Chair of Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee), Joe Ferrera (Hollywood Actor and Coach - Elizabeth - The Golden Age, Love Actually), Kai Owen (Actor - Torchwood, Hollyoaks), Jonny Owen (Shameless, Glue), Kay Aujla (Casting Agent - London, India and LA) and Keith Williams (Screen Writer and Video Conceptualist). Here are just some of our amazing stats from 2017:-
• Nearly 2000 films entered the festival from all over the world.
• 100 films screened across 5 screens and 4 venues.
• Screens – Odeon Cinema, Vue Cinema, Wales Millennium Centre & Pierhead Building.
• 3000 visitors and guests attended the festival
• Film makers from USA, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, China, Africa, India and many more attended the festival .
• Race Equality First And YMCA were our charity partners for 2017.
Cardiff International Film Festival continues to offer a warm welcome to filmmakers and invites submissions from across the Globe.
Awards & Prizes
Winners will receive Trophies and Award Certificates. Trophies will not be posted and must be collected in person.
The Official Selection will be announced on the 15 September 2018. Those invited for screening will be contacted individually prior to the event.
**Nominations will be announced 30 September 2018.
The Screenings will be held from 19 to 21 October 2018 and the Award Ceremony will be held on 21 October 2018. Films nominated for awards are automatically invited to attend our Awards Ceremony where Award Winners will be announced followed by an after-party.
Rules & Terms
Please read our rules and terms before you make a submission!
We accept submissions of all genres providing they match the appropriate criteria for the category in which they are submitted.
All foreign language films must have English subtitles.
A digital screener is required (Password protected Vimeo is preferred).
The submitter is responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through to November 14, 2018. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees. Online screeners must be available to stream, we do not accept any films that will have to be downloaded.
Physical copies of films will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the submissions team. If we do accept a physical copy please be aware that it will not be returned and the content will be securely destroyed.
If you wish to be eligible for multiple awards you have to submit to several categories.
All films made and produced during 2016 and later will be accepted.
We are not responsible for any copyright infringement of your material and you give us the permission to publish your images, poster and trailer on our website and/or social media pages.
Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).
If your film includes sexually explicit content, graphic material or expletives please highlight this in your submission notes. If your film is selected for public screening it may be that you will be required to make sure that it is suitably certified according to BBFC guidelines www.bbfc.co.uk or an equivalent recognised standard.
PLEASE NOTE - your fee is non-refundable if your film does not match the criteria listed on this page so please make sure your read the details thoroughly.
During unexpected circumstances, we can at our discretion change venues and date of event.
Terms and conditions update April 2018.