Top 5 things to do at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2019

The Cardiff Mini Film Festival is back for another year! Kicking off on Saturday 22nd June and running until Sunday 23rd June you can expect a weekend full of the best independent short films, one off features and a chance to experience a film and TV networking party like no other! 

The Dark Crystal 

Are you ready to return to the planet Thra? We’re giving you the chance to see Jim Henson’s beloved 1980s fantasy film before the brand new series is released on Netflix.

The Dark Crystal has been a cult favourite for decades, if you watched the original puppet fantasy film in the 80’s there’s a high chance it freaked you right out and buried itself somewhere deep in your subconscious, it’s a work of both incredible creativity and nightmarish moments. 

After the screening there will be a Q+A hosted by Tom Betts with puppeteer, Toby Philpott, also famously known for being half of Jabba the Hut. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one-off special event on Saturday 22nd June. 

This event is supported by Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)
The Dark Crystal, Saturday 22nd June 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Cardiff Masonic Hall – Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children under 16.


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An evening of Twisted Tales and The Wicker Man

We’ve been showcasing the best, weird and just plain ugly short films in the form of our twisted tales programme. A Selection of films that have been carefully chosen to make the hairs on your neck stand up! This year we have selected a number of films that deal with the theme of obsession as part of BFI Film Feels: Obsession, a UK- wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Audience Network. 

To get you in the mood this screening will take place before Robin Hardy’s 1973 movie The Wicker Man. Often described as ‘the greatest British horror film’ Though in many ways it was a cinematic oddity, The Wicker Man has captured the imaginations of critics and devoted fans with its representation of life on a remote Scottish island, depictions of pagan rites (with weird animal masks), and a combination of whimsy, musicality, and dread. 

Twisted Tales + The Wicker Man, Saturday 22nd June 2019, 7.00pm – 11.00pm, Cardiff Masonic Hall – Tickets are £12.50 for the whole evening or £8.50 for The Wicker Man. 


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Film + TV Networking Party 

Don’t fancy going to all of the amazing events at Cardiff Mini Film Festival throughout the day and just fancy mingling? Then our Film + TV networking party is the perfect opportunity to get involved! 

Our networking parties are informal evenings designed to help you make connections in the film industry, develop new collaborations and establish working relationships with like minded people.

Whether you’re an actor, director, producer, musician, writer, student or someone who hasn’t made up their mind yet, then this is the event for you.
Film + TV Networking Party, Sunday 23rd June 2019, 8.00pm – 11.00pm, The Big Top 10 Feet Tall – Tickets are £5 

Last Summer + Feature Film Masterclass 

A chance to see the much anticipated first feature film directed by Welsh director Jon Jones. 

During a long hot summer in the rural paradise of 1970s West Wales, a courageous ten year old boy arms himself against the adult world to salvage the lives of his best friends, convincing them to run away with him after a love triangle ends in murder. 

If you’re looking to take your first step into feature film making there will be a masterclass with the crew of Last Summer after the screening.

“A movie that stands somewhere between Kes and Stand by Me in its unsentimental child’s-eye-view of tragedy and trauma, friendship and love.”
Vancouver International Film Festival. 

This event is supported by Film Hub Wales as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). 
Last Summer + Feature Film Masterclass, Sunday 23rd June 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, The Big Top 10 Feet Tall – Tickets are £3

Cardiff Mini Film Festival 

After all 140 films have screened the judges have the hard decision of selecting their favourite films! Awards will be handed out for the Best International Film as well as Best Welsh Film for each categories (11 in total). There will be a drinks reception to kick off the evening as well as a chance to network with film industry professionals.

The evening will be presented by Boyd Clack (Twin Town, High Hopes, Satellite City) anyone who attends the awards will also have the chance to vote for their favourite film, where there is a prize worth over £500 for the winner! 

Awards, Sunday 23rd June, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, The Big Top  10 Feet Tall – Tickets are £8