Early Bird Submissions for WIDF 2020 now open!

Submissions are open for the 5th edition of Wales International Documentary Festival (WIDF) taking place from Thursday 30 April to Sunday 3 May in Cardiff, Wales.

With partners old and new, WALES INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the best of creative documentary film, while providing industry guests with the opportunity to meet and network with decision makers from all the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

We're a boutique festival with a big heart, and our fifth anniversary edition will bring many surprises - from special film screenings, networking events, master classes and training programmes, to the best parties in town.

WIDF welcomes submissions in the following categories:

  • International Feature Doc (>60 min)

  • Short Doc (5 to 20 min)

  • Micro Short Doc (<5min)

  • Ffilm Ddogfen Gymraeg Orau | Best Welsh Feature Documentary Film (>52 min)

  • Ffilm Ddogfen Fer Orau Gymraeg | Best Welsh Short Documentary Film (<20 min)

  • Best Sports Doc (>60 min)

  • Best Music Doc (up to 90 min)


Early Bird closing: Friday 22 Nov 2021
Submissions closing: Friday 31 Jan 2021

WIDF Announce Line-up for 2019

Cardiff, UK – 19 March 2021

A religious and conservative Portuguese mum trying to reconnect with her gay porn star son; a season in the life of a Ukrainian female footballer as she suffers a devastating loss; and a story of an eccentric English piano tuner who delivers a piano to one of the most isolated settlements in the world are some of the standout films that will be shown as part of the Wales International Documentary Festival this year.

Now in its fourth year, The Wales International Documentary Festival (WIDF) is the only specialist documentary festival in Wales and will be held in Cardiff between 7-10 May 2019.

In the last few years, the festival has succeeded in bringing filmmakers of high stature from all over the world to Wales and establishing itself as a filmmaker-friendly, boutique festival with an international focus.

WIDF Cretaive Director Dave Evans said: All our films this year are going to make audiences in Wales think differently about the world in some way. It's also an opportunity for new and emerging film makers from Wales to showcase their films to cinema audiences in an international context."

During the week there will screenings at Chapter and Tramshed and pop-up events across the city. There will also be a BAFTA Cymru event discussing women’s role in film and an S4C event looking at co-productions.

This year's line-up of films also includes Radio 1 DJ Huw Stevens’ film that looks back at 50 years of Welsh language music in Anorac, and an inspiring film about one woman’s heroic battle to tackle heroin addiction in Afghanistan in Laila at the Bridge.

Brazilian film Kaiser tells the unlikely and unbelievable story greatest footballer never to have played the game, while Spanish doc Goodbye Ringo takes us back to the golden age of Spaghetti Westerns and hears from those responsible for a type of cinema that no longer exists.

Dave Evans adds: We're excited to be screening such an exciting line up of films this year. It's never been more difficult to make a choice from the hundreds of submissions and the selected films all offer an opportunity for Welsh audiences to see some of the most innovative, thought provoking contemporary docs from around the world"

Main partners of the 4th Wales International Documentary Festival: Chapter, Tramshed, BAFTA Cymru/Curzon, S4C, Curzon, Atlantic College, CILECT Network and Film and Television School Wales, Cazbah, Cardiff Met, JOMEC.


WIDF 2019 New Partnerships

WIDF announces new student award in partnership with CILECT Network and Film and TV School Wales. WIDF 2019 will be screening a package of shorts from the CILECT network of film and television schools drawn from 54 countries. The best CILECT film will receive an award at our gala awards evening at Chapter, Cardiff on Friday May 10th, 2019.

New partners, S4C will be supporting WIDF to provide Welsh language content and delivery at  WIDF 2019. We’re looking forward to working with S4C to provide workshops and events that can help the sector develop co-production capacity in the sector.

Bydd partner newydd, S4C, yn cefnogi WIDF i ddarparu cynnwys Gymraeg yn WIDF 2019. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen i weithio gyda S4C i ddarparu gweithdai a digwyddiadau a gall helpu'r sector i ddatblygu gallu cyd-gynhyrchu yn y sector.

Digital Learning Centre opens in Blackwood

28th, 29th and 30th of November
Wales International Documentary Festival-WIDF is launching WIDF Digital Learning Centre at Blackwood Miners Institute supported by Caerphilly Regeneration Trust, Film Cymru Wales, BFI Connector Fund,  Arts Development Team and Shoot from the Hip Films production. 
WIDF Digital Learning Centre is open all year round program in order to promote digital inclusion, active citizenship and increase access and participation in the arts. If you're in the area pop in and see us at Blackwood MIners' Institute, High Street, Blackwood.
Our Aims: 
● To contribute to the economic, cultural, and social regeneration of the region, and to help make Caerphilly Borough a better place to live, visit, and work. 
● To create employment and training opportunities in the creative industries for young people in Caerphilly County Borough. 
● To deliver an all-year-round programme of activities that will promote the acquisition of digital skills in the community. 
● To promote a cost-effective resource to the creative industries, community organisations and businesses across South Wales and beyond. 
● To create, produce and deliver an international documentary film festival in Caerphilly County Boroug

Win a free WIDF day ticket!

New competition starting today! 

Step 1 - Like our Facebook and / or Twitter page

Step 2 - Repost / Retweet the competition post

Step 3 - Cross your fingers and keep them like this all day to encourage good luck

Step 4 - Binge watch great films at WIDF 2016 (with a FREE pass for the day of your choice if you've been lucky enough)


Terms and Conditions:

The competition closes at 12:00 midday on Friday the 25th of March 2016. The winner(s) will be announced on Tuesday the 29th of March 2016. The winner(s) will then need to provide us with their name, contact details and preferred festival date in order for us to process the prize. If this cannot be completed then an alternative winner will be chosen from those who have taken part. The day pass applies to screenings only. To gain access into workshops and masterclasses separate tickets must be bought. Competing in both the Facebook and Twitter competitions is allowed but each the page must be liked and the post must be shared within that site for it to be a valid participation.