Out now with The New Yorker & BBC iPlayer.
“An absolute gem of a documentary; sensitively made, touching and tender.”
– David Nicholls, Bestselling Author of One Day
Winner of Tribeca Film Festival for Best Documentary Short and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 23 Short Documentaries of 2022.
Heart Valley follows a day in the life of Wilf Davies, a kind and inquisitive shepherd from the small village of Cellan, Wales. He has never left his valley, eats the same meal every day and works his farm alone, where his family of one hundred black-spotted sheep depend on him.
The film looks at the world through Wilf’s eyes, asking questions about what it is we should truly value.
Directed, shot and produced by filmmaker Christian Cargill, with original music composed by Scottish multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper.
After winning at Tribeca Film Festival and huge international press, Heart Valley had its debut TV broadcast on BBC Two Wales in July 2022. It went on to screen at nineteen film festivals across ten countries, winning awards in Germany, Mexico, England and Wales. It was nominated at Camerimage for cinematography.
BAFTA & BIFA Qualifying and one of 98 films to qualify for the 95th Academy Awards longlist for Best Documentary Short.
A New Yorker Documentary.
“This quiet short sneaks in profound lessons about the importance of simplicity, doing the work we love, and what the meaning of life is.”
– Tribeca Film Festival Jury
“Wilf can be an inspiration to us all.”
– Tom Brook, BBC World
“This short doc deserves to be stumbled upon with an open heart when you’re least expecting it.”
– Cinematic Faves
Heart Valley – IMDb
Winner – Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
Winner – British Shorts Berlin, Audience Award
Winner – The Kinsale Shark Awards, Best Documentary Short
Winner – Bolton Film Festival, Best Documentary
Winner – Shorts México, Best International Documentary
Winner – Wales Film Festival, Jury’s Award for Best Short Documentary
Shortlisted for The IDA Documentary Awards
Finalist – The British Short Film Awards
Finalist – The Music+Sound Awards
Finalist – The South London Film Festival
FESTIVALS – Official Selection
EnergaCAMERIMAGE – Golden Frog Nominee for Best Short Documentary
PÖFF Shorts – Nominated for Best Live Action Short
RIFFA – Nominated for Best International Short
Meet the Press Film Festival at DOC NYC
GlobeDocs Film Festival
DCEFF Environmental Film Festival
AmDocs Film Festival
FrontDoc International Documentary Festival
San Diego International Film Festival
Shorts Not Pants Festival
Washington West Film Festival
CineSol Film Festival
Travel, Bureau Europa (Netherlands 2022)
Directed, Written & Edited by Christian Cargill
Produced by Christian Cargill, Lily Wakeley & Kiran Sidhu
Cinematography & Sound by Christian Cargill
Written by Kiran Sidhu
Music Composed by Erland Cooper
Sound Design by Guy Chase
Colour by Max Ferguson-Hook at Time Based Arts
Design by Treyvond Thomas & Daniel Grieshofer
The Guardian | The New Yorker | BBC World – Talking Movies Review
BBC News (June 22) | The Hollywood Reporter | BBC News (May 22)
Cinematic Faves Review | BBC Radio Wales | The Rolling Tape Podcast
Farmers Weekly | North Wales Live | Wales Online | Nation Cymru