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FOR Cardiff Sponsors the Cardiff Mini Film Festival
<< Back Posted on 29th May 2018

By Carolyn Brownell

FOR Cardiff Sponsors the Cardiff Mini Film Festival

Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2018

  • Festival takes over the arcades, bars and empty shop units to screen films and hold parties.
  • Special screening of Night Of The Living Dead in the Capitol Centre Basement.
  • 252 films will be screened across the weekend. There will be a £500 prize for the audience’s favourite film.
  • New funders and sponsors have ensured growth to the festival.
  • The festival supports the BFI Uprising: Spirit Of ‘68 Season.
  • Pitch Competition sees an increase of prizes worth £6600.
  • 2 welsh-made features to be screened with Q+A’s, along with welsh-made short, Neckface, starring Isy Suttie (Peep Show) with Q+A from the executive producer.

This year Cardiff Mini Film Festival will be putting on its biggest event to date with 3 days of film screenings commencing from the 22nd June, including some very special events. Now in its 7th year the festival has pulled out the stops to ensure this is biggest and best festival it has ever delivered. The acquisition of new funders and sponsors to the festival has meant that it has been able to extend its programme. Thanks to continued support from Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film Hub Wales, Hoot Studios and Iris Prize, the team at Cardiff Mini Film Festival has been able to bring the festival to life each year, but thanks to new supporters such as FOR Cardiff, FC Cymru, Meanwhile Creative and University Of South Wales the festival has been given the room to flourish this year with additional programming.

Carolyn Brownell from FOR Cardiff said:

“We’re so pleased to be supporting a celebration of new filmmaking talent in Cardiff, and the special events that the festival has lined up for the wider public. Cardiff is a vibrant city with a lot going on and the festival has really added something special to its events calendar”.

In a bid to showcase the best of Cardiff and also an alternative view of Cardiff, the festival is taking over bars, arcades and empty shop units providing a unique experience of viewing films. The festival will welcome filmmakers from across the globe to the festival but the doors are also open to the public.

“We’ve got a lot of films on this year with wide appeal and we hope to attract more of the public to our festival with some truly special experiences that will not be repeated. We’re always taking on different venues every year so no festival is ever the same, but this year we’ve managed to work with the Duke Street and High Street Arcade, Capitol Shopping Centre and Morgan Quarter to utilize their empty retail units to provide a unique viewing experience”, said festival director, Jody Tozer.

In support of the BFI Uprising: Spirit Of ‘68 Season the festival will be hosting special screenings of ‘If….’ With Malcolm McDowell in his first film role, ‘If….’ has also been part of many a film magazine’s top 20 best films of all time. The film will be shown at the launch party in the empty shop unit that was previously the Moss Bros. retail unit, situated on the Hayes. This event will feature appropriate 60’s music and a networking reception. The festival will also be screening George A. Romero’s hit film, Night Of The Living Dead in the basement of the Capitol Centre. Expect to see live-action zombies and gore make-up demonstrations. Drinks and snacks will also be available to purchase.

252 films will be screened across the weekend including 246 short films and 6 features. Highlights of the festival include a screening of welsh-made short, Neckface, written by Sian Harries (Writer of Man Down), starring Isy Suttie (Dobby in Peep Show), this event will feature a Prosecco reception and Q+A with executive producer, Tracy Spottiswoode (Development Executive of I Am Not A Witch). Other highlights include the screening of welsh-made feature films, Canaries and British Winters, both including Q+A’s with the producers.

The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony that will see 26 awards handed out to the best films. These films have been judged by credible figures in the industry including, Philip John (Director of Downton Abbey, Being Human and Moon Dogs), Lenny Abrahamson (Director of Once, Begin Again and Sing Street) and Sian Harries (Co-writer of Man Down). The most coveted award will be the Audience Choice Award, which will see attendees being able to vote for their favourite film. The team of the winning film will then win £500. Other prizes on offer will be a prize package worth over £6000 for the winner of the Pitch Competition, the competition will involve filmmakers pitching a future film idea to a panel of judges, the winner will receive a prize package that includes £1000 worth a of post production from Gorilla, a complete Adobe Creative Cloud package worth £600, and 2000 square foot studio space equipped with lighting, cameras, green screen, space for building sets, edit suite and sound studio over 3 days from Digichemistry, worth £5,000. Everything someone could need to get their next short off to a flying start!

To get involved with the pitch competition, email:


Event dates:

22nd -24th June 2018


Box Office: Ruin Café, 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, CF10 1QR


Twitter: @cardiffminifilm

Facebook: /cardiffminifilm



Ticket Info:

Weekend Passes: £60

Day Tickets: £15

Special Events: Individually priced


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