About us

Established in 2012, we’re a grassroots short film festival dedicated to helping low budget and early career filmmakers break into the industry.

A very nice festival, inclusive, and with a rich variety of selections! 

Giacomi Dondi, submitting filmmaker

We’ve received over 4000 submissions from all over the world over the past 10 years, and we take over disused shop units, masonic halls, clubs and bars across Cardiff to screen shortlisted films, as well as special one-off screenings of cult classics.

All British films accepted into the 2024 Cardiff Mini Film Festival are eligible to be entered into the 2024 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

We accept submissions for the following categories.

Fiction Short – Low Budget

Any fiction film shorter than 30 minutes.

Fiction Short – Big Spender

For fiction films shorter than 30 minutes made with a little more money.

Documentary Short

Give us some real life wonders, but keep it less than 30 minutes please!

Welsh Film Award

For anyone born, raised, living in or from Wales. Again, less than 30 minutes, diolch!

Twisted Tales

Our popular category for anything horror, off-beat or simply downright weird. 30 minutes maximum.

One Minute Wonder

Short and sweet category for 1 minute micro-shorts.

British Student Award

A category just for students!


For any and all animated short films under 30 minutes.

Meet the team:

Jody TozerFestival Director

As well as running Cardiff Mini Film Festival, Jody heads up Bulldozer Films, working with grassroots talent hosting 2 BFI Film Academies in South Wales. She has previously worked with It’s My Shout and Iris Prize Film Festival.

Kate ChessonFestival Producer

Kate also heads up Bulldozer Films, and has been a part of Cardiff Mini Film Festival since its inception. She is a lecturer at Coleg Gwent and is the lead tutor on our Swansea BFI Film Academy.

Niall GlynnFestival Assistant

Niall assists us with our BFI Film Academies and Cardiff Mini Film Festival. He is also a Masters Graduate from the University Of South Wales, and currently works as a Digital Restoration Assistant.

Cardiff Mini Film Festival is produced by Bulldozer Films, a Cardiff-based grassroots production company committed to helping people break into the film industry.