The first Wales International Documentary Film Festival (WIDF) comes to Blackwood on Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th May.

Over the three days, Blackwood will be taken over by film makers from around the globe.

More than 50 films will be screened at the Blackwood Miners’ Institute, the newly refurbished Maxine Cinema and throughout pop up venues along the High Street.

Networking events, masterclasses and training programmes will also be on offer for attendees to enjoy and participate.

Cai Howells, Festival Co-Ordinator, said:

WIDF offers a unique opportunity for local people to attend a world-class film festival which will showcase an array of documentary films, masterclasses, performances and parties.

On Thursday 12th May, WIDF will host a large ‘Pathways’ event which will feature presentations and representatives from many of the major media training providers and employers in South Wales and beyond, ‘Pathways’ aims to inspire young people by giving them the vital information and connections that are the key to unlocking their potential and fulfilling their aspirations.

Caerphilly residents are able to gain free day passes to watch the release of the documentary ‘Candidate‘. The film focuses on a residents’ association on a social housing estate, along with the challenges the locals face. A film discussion will take place after the screening, where residents have the chance to give their valued feedback.

Please be aware, all events held at the Blackwood Miners’ Institute and the Maxine Cinema, are on a first -come, first- served basis. Registration for each event will open two hours before doors open.

The event is open to everyone, with one day or three day passes available to purchase at otherwise, you can contact:

The Blackwood Miners Institute on 01495 227206. Further information can be found at


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