Journeys Into Film is the film strand of Journeys Festival International, a national festival which explores global cultures and refugee experiences through art and culture. 

We are interested in driving discussion, sharing stories of belonging and movement, and highlighting global issues of displacement and refuge. Using our platform as a place for inspiration and collaboration, we want to work with filmmakers and artists to screen their films across the UK throughout 2021 and beyond. 

Journeys Into Film looks to share and highlight stories through programmes that challenge, diversify, and enrich debates and understandings of migration, displacement, seeking sanctuary, and borders. We have a large North and Midlands, UK based audience, and partnerships with independent cinemas and community film centres where the programme will be exhibited.   

Journeys Festival International is produced by ArtReach.

Journey’s Into Film is supported by Film Hub North and Midlands

What we are looking for

Journeys Into Film is seeking submissions of short films to form part of a film programme will tour to multiple venues as part of festivals and existing events. We welcome submissions made by emerging or established filmmakers, directors, producers and writers with lived experience of seeking sanctuary – based in the UK or Internationally. 

We enjoy fiction and non-fiction films up to 30 minutes in length. These are with an eye to share with our North/Midlands based UK audience, therefore we require films to be subtitled in English language. It is great if your film is already subtitled, though if it is not and you can provide an English language transcript, we can arrange subtitling. 

Through this programme we seek to engage a wide range of people across the UK – this will include a combination of those who have an interest in short form film – as well as more general audiences  – including families and young people. As such our programme for Journeys Into Film will be open to a balance of subjects, narratives and themes.

To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  •   You are an artist with experience of seeking sanctuary; or your work responds to ongoing dialogue/collaboration with someone with a refugee or asylum seeking history
  •   Your film has been completed and you do not need support to for any further development (we are not able to support new commissions or any restaging or creation costs)
  •   Films must be between 5min and 30 mins in duration
  •   Films must be available in a digital format – capable of being presented online  in cinemas, and in gallery or non conventional settings through screens and tv.
  •   Your film is told in English or is subtitled in English (or can be provided with an English transcript)
  •   You must have permission from collaborators, suppliers, actors and funders to share and present the film in this context, or ownership of copyright 
  •   You are eligible to work in the country in which you live – this can be outside of the UK

Each selected filmmaker will receive a £75 fee per screening of their film. Where selected, each film will be promoted as part of the Journey Into Film programme. 

It is free to enter your film. 

How to Apply

Please complete the Film Entry Form by following the link. We will ask you to provide

  •   A short proposal introducing the film including a brief narrative of the work, details  of collaborators and actors involved in the creation
  •   Details of any funders and supporters involved in creating or distributing the work
  •   Details of where the film has been screened to date
  •   Details of any age classification – either received or perceived
  • Your CV (if available)
  •   Links to the film hosted online or video file transferred to the email address above

If you have any questions, issue with the form, or want to discuss your application further please contact reba@artreach.biz 

If you are unable to submit on the google form, please email reba@artreach a dropbox file, a screening link, or to discuss alternative ways of submission.  

Application deadline: Friday 4th December, 10am