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, Chester Road, Wrexham City Centre, LL12 7AB. 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.

Friday 5th May – Theatr Ial at Coleg Cambria Wrexham

1700 – Opening Party
1800 – Music Video Competition
1845 – ENYS MEN Feature Film

Saturday 6th May – Theatr Ial at Coleg Cambria Wrexham

1100 – Meet the Funders Panel
1200 – Narrative Film Competition
1230 – Documentary Competition
1330 – Meet the Exhibitors Panel
1430 – SHE IS LOVE Feature Film
1600 – Digital Commissioning Event
1700 – Animation Competition
1730 – Narrative Competition 2
1815 – Awards

Check out our first delegates for 2023 below:


All FOCUS Wales wristband types grant access to film festival events.

Film Festival specific passes are also available:


Film Festival Delegate Pass

  • 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.


Film Festival Pass

  • 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.



2023 Winners

Narrative WINNERS

Best Welsh Short: Our Home The Sea (Adra Ni Y Mor) by Mared Rees.
Best International Short: Mask. by Margaret Kane-Rowe

Music Video WINNERS

Best Welsh Short: Death by Lloyd Best.
Best International Short: There are Mountains Between Us by Gabriel Stanger.

Documentary Category WINNERS

Best Welsh Short: The Recovery Expedition by Lucke Gabriel.
Best International Short: Lose This by Will Killen.

Animation Category WINNERS

Best Welsh Short: Diomysus by Emily Elizabeth Morus-Jones.
Best International Short: Dénouement by Lesley Ung.

Special Award WINNERS

Celtic Film Award: TIE
Set in Slate? by Beth Blandford.
She Sells Shellfish by Lilly Tiger.
Best Original Score: In These Stones by Tim Tyson Short.

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.

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