The Cardiff International Film Festival returns to the historic Pierhead building in the heart of Cardiff Bay between Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th October.
As a vibrant and cosmopolitan European city with a rich history and architecture, Cardiff is fast-becoming a Mecca for filmmakers. With increasing regionalisation and support from the BBC, as well as the advent of new film studios, Wales provides the perfect combination of film locations in unique areas of natural beauty and a highly-skilled workforce with a background in television and film.
The Welsh film industry has evolved from small-scale local productions, such as ‘Belonging’, through involvement in TV shows such as Doctor Who. In recent years, the UK introduced tax breaks and the Welsh Government opened up grants, making the country a lucrative proposition for US productions. Dragon International Film Studios started hosting productions and in 2015 Pinewood Studios opened an outpost in Wales. Large-scale US shows such as Executioner, Will, The Collection, and Britannia were all made in Wales.
This international event offers a prestigious platform for filmmakers from around the globe and is supported by the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council, as well as patrons such as Michael Sheen, Matthew Rhys, Marc Zicree, Emraan Hashmi and Jaqueline Fernandez.
The premier award is the Golden Film Award for ‘Best Outstanding Feature Film’, which carries a £500 cash prize. Other awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Golden Dragon Award for individual excellence, awarded by Sir Dafydd Elis Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. This year the festival is introducing two new categories: ‘Best Sci-Fi Feature’ and ‘Best Horror Feature.’
Cardiff International Film Festival offers a warm welcome to filmmakers and invites submissions from across the Globe.