Plans begin to form for The Homeless Film Festival ‘16

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In the early stages of planning, this year’s Homeless Film Festival (HFF) is beginning to have to some solid ideas in place with hopes to expand across Europe.

After it was received well by all that attended the events across the country last November, the annual festival hopes to attract more people and raise more awareness for the crucial cause than ever before in 2016.

In time for the organisation of the festival which will take place in November, the festival opens for submissions for homeless-related films or films made by homeless-affected people at the end of July.

With expanding across Europe potentially on the cards for this year’s events, HFF also aims to hold a couple of days’ worth of events in the Northern Spanish town of Bilbao.

Co-director Dean Brocklehurst, said: “We’ve recently received funding from the BBFC [British Board of Film Classification] which will be a great help towards programming some great events for this year’s festival.” 

As the 16th November marks the 50th anniversary of the cinematic release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home in 1966, Dean says they are hoping to close the festival on that date and make a big event of it.

He said, “We’re in the midst of planning the films as well as the venues, but we’re looking to have more things in place next month, so keep your eyes peeled!”

About the Homeless Film Festival

Founded in 2011 and ‘using one of the world’s biggest industries to tackle one of the world’s biggest social issues,’ the Homeless Film Festival is a charity based in Manchester which aims to raise awareness of homelessness and the core issues surrounding it, such as lack of aspirations, qualifications and self-confidence.

Close to home and close to D2D’s hearts, the festival itself is the world’s first in using the film industry to address these issues and recently won an Audience Award for one of the world’s top 15 touring film festivals.

With Oscar-winning director Lenny Abrahamson, notorious author Lemn Sissay MBE and critically-acclaimed actress/director/screenwriter Samantha Morton all as festival patrons, HFF encompasses and celebrates the creativity of multiple homeless charities worldwide and allows both access and an outlet to screen the films for its diverse range of service users.

Working in partnership with other charities, HFF provides the opportunity for its service users to practical, positive experiences using film equipment in free short and long-term creative film-making projects.

Participants develop film-making skills such as script writing, camera operating, editing, digital software, mobile technology, and festival programming. The charity also delivers transferable and essential skills, such as confidence building, teamwork and time management.

All fundraising goes towards creating events and creative projects for those affected by homelessness. If you’d like to make a donation to the Homeless Film Festival, you can do so by clicking the link below.

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