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    2024 Film Festival Submissions Open Now!

    2024 Film Festival Submissions Open Now!

    Film screenings, industry panels and networking events

    The FOCUS Wales Film Festival returns on Friday 5th May and Saturday 6th May 2023, inside Theatr Ial at Coleg Cambria, Wrexham City Centre. The festival is proudly supported by Ffilm Cymru & 73 Degree Films.

    Join us for a showcase of the best short films from Wales and around the world + a selection of feature films, industry events and networking opportunities.

    SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE

    Check out our first delegates for 2023 below:
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    BUY PASSES

    Film Festival Delegate Pass

    £60
    • Film festival accreditation and badge.
    • Access to all FOCUS Wales Film Festival screenings and events.
    • Access to opening networking event.
    • Access to ‘Meet the Funders’ panel.
    • Access to Llwyn Isaf Music Headline Concert on Friday/Saturday (subject to capacity).
    • Access to crossover Film and Music Sync panel on Friday at FW Music Conference (Ty Pawb).
    • Access to the online delegate database and a professional profile on the FOCUS Wales website and mobile app.


    BUY PASSES

    Film Festival Pass

    £20
    • Access all FOCUS Wales Film Festival screenings, including feature films and short films across Friday and Saturday.
    • Access to our ‘Meet the Programmers’ and ‘Meet the Digital Commissioners’ panel.

     


    PREVIOUS WINNERS

    2022 Winners +

    Narrative Film

    Wales: Bald by Luke Bather.
    International: Backseat Driver by Jake Balfour-Lynn.

    Documentary Film

    Wales: Rhyl From Bygone Era by Ffion Pritchard.
    International: Dajla by Arturo Dueñas Herrero.

    Animation Film

    Wales: Allowed by Zillah Bowes.
    International: The Author by Luiz Máximo.

    Music Video

    Wales: My Brothers & Me (FUTURE KULT) by Mac Nixon
    International: Judas on the Dancefloor (The Zangwills) by Lowri Roberts.

    Special Awards

    Best Original Score: Tymhorau by Dan Soley.
    Celtic Film Award: The House of Jollof Opera by Sita Thomas.


    2021 Winners +

    Narrative Film

    Wales: Hard as Nails by Tomos James.
    International: Segregatio by Jowy Santiago.

    Documentary Film

    Wales: The Beekeeper by William McGregor.
    International: New Ways by Jonas Hegi.

    Animation Film

    Wales: Creepy Pasta Salad by Lauren Orme.
    International: The Boy and the Mountain by Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal.

    Music Video

    Wales: Sorcerer by Tom Hughes.
    International: Focal (Parallax) by Peter Renzullo.

    Special Awards

    Best Original Score: Dig Ophelia Dig by Kyran Davies.
    Celtic Film Award: Cwch Deilen by Efa Blosse-mason.


    2019 Winners +

    Wales: Seven Sharp by Roque Cameselle Capón.
    International: Stari Grad by Jack Beck.


    2024 Timetable

    Friday 10th may

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    CREATIVE WALES PRESENTS: FILM FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY

    Join us for free drinks, red carpet photography and networking as the 2024 Film Festival officially opens.

    06:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION

    Our music video competition features some of the best new work from musicians and filmmakers in Wales around the world.

    • GRIEF by Connor Allen, Sing Amewudah-Rivers, REDBRCK
    • More TBA.
    07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    HEADLINE FEATURE FILM: ‘THE ALMOND AND THE SEAHORSE’

    Starring director Celyn Jones, alongside Rebel Wilson and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The new feature film, partly shot in Wrexham, tells  “a poignant story of two couples exploring the impact of a traumatic brain injury on their lives.

    Saturday 11th May

    04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    FILM COMPETITION: NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS 2

    Part of our BAFTA-recognised Welsh and international short film competition.

    • Dim Ond Ti a Mi By Gruff Lynch
    • Control Room by JAG Hodges
    • Back to the Original Place by Joseph Bubb
    • Heartrender: Bane of the Elf Queen by Ben Schwartz & Zach Lo
    • 11:11 Gavin Pettifor & Jonathan Finlay
    11:00 am - 12:00 am

    FILM COMPETITION: NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS 1

    Section 1 of our Welsh and international short film competition. For the first time this year, all selected films will be eligible for a BAFTA Cymru nomination.

    • Tomorrow by Thomas Elliott Griffiths
    • One Night Only Josh Harris
    • Cariad Brawdol by Rhys Pritchard
    • Collaboration by Martin Cannon
    12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    BFI Film Academy presents ‘Meet the Producers’

    A panel to discuss the opportunities, challenges and resources for new/emerging producers today, especially those working on funded shorts and early features.

    01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    MEET THE FILMMAKERS LUNCH

    Join us for some free food, drinks and networking. This is an opportunity for attendees across the festival to meet the filmmakers at this year’s festival.

    02:00 pm - 02:40 pm

    In Conversation with: Emmy Winning Cinematographer Leighton Cox

    Join us for the second panel of the day with Leighton Cox, a Wrexham-based cinematographer working on top shows for Disney+, Netflix and more.

    02:45 pm - 03:45 pm

    FILM COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS

    Part of our BAFTA-recognised Welsh and international short film competition.

    • Rusted Earths by Moza Al Mazrouei
    • Y WERIN / HIRAETH by Ella Spottiswood & Adam Evans
    • A Cross to Bear by Joseff Morgan
    • PERTHYN / BELONGING by Gavin Porter
    03:45 pm - 04:15 pm

    FILM COMPETITION: ANIMATION SHORT FILMS

    Part of our BAFTA-recognised Welsh and international short film competition.

    • Slowly Walking by Sara Schiavone
    • A brief word about KEYWORDS by Philip Seargeant
    • Woodbuds by Sam Griffiths
    • The Robin and the Wren by Léa Sautin
    05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

    CREATIVE WALES PRESENTS: AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING PARTY

    The closing of the 2024 ceremony. Join us as we hand out awards, hear from winning filmmakers and the head of our jury, then enjoy some free drinks and a DJ.