Cardiff Independent Film Festival Is Underway!

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The fourth Cardiff Independent Film Festival returns to Chapter Arts Centre today showcasing live-action and animation from around the world. The attractions include Q&As, networking events and a rare British horror in a 35mm film print. The Brian Hibbard prize will again be awarded to the Best Welsh Short Film.

Festival chairman Alistair Parkhurst said ‘This year’s festival is the biggest yet in terms of volunteers and selectors from all parts of the community, which we certainly needed as the depth of quality in the films submitted was markedly higher than previous years. It’s no exaggeration to say that we could have staged a second festival with the films that didn’t quite make the cut.’

Tonight sees the launch party at The Big Top in the city centre. Music, complimentary drinks and four superb short films, including Dying Light, a Cardiff-shot World War 2 drama by local director Luke Andrews.

On Friday the main programme of films in competition gets underway at Chapter and from 8pm we welcome cult director Norman J Warren with his own personal 35mm print of classic Brit-horror Satan’s Slave. The film’s composer John Scott, and screenwriter (and famed raconteur) David McGillivray also join us for a Q&A after the film.

Saturday sees the Animation strand return after its’ success last year (with a new early-evening quiz), including a special family-friendly selection on Saturday morning. Later, the Hook Up is the place for networking, where future filmmakers can get together with local production companies.

Also screening on Saturday evening is the premiere of The Great Unwashed, this outrageous comedy shot in Wales features a hippy commune going up against a gang of criminal hairdressers chasing an escaped accomplice.

The packed Saturday programme also brings for the first time,the Student Film Showcase in association with Cardiff University Film Society, featuring the best developing talent.

On Sunday the Filmmakers’ brunch allows everyone to refuel, before more shorts and features in competition, and the final block of animation.

As is customary, the CiFF awards will be presented from 6pm, including the Brian Hibbard Award for Best Welsh Short. Full details are at

Tickets and festival passes are available from Chapter box office and online.

Cardiff Independent Film Festival is on from Thursday May 4th until Sunday May 7th.


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