Embargoed until 7th May 2019
Submissions open for sixth Recovery Street Film Festival
The Recovery Street Film Festival, which encourages people to submit three-minute films conveying their experience of drug and alcohol addiction, has officially launched for the sixth consecutive year.
This year’s competition theme ‘My Recovery Connections’ is encouraging people to look at how the individuals and communities around them supported their recovery journey. The organisers, including Humankind, hope that this year amateur film makers will use their storytelling to help others see the world through their eyes, or even learn from their experiences.
Once submissions are closed the films will be shortlisted and a winner selected. The shortlisted films are shown at various locations across the UK throughout September, the official month of recovery, and on the Recovery Street Film Festival website and You Tube channel in order to raise awareness of recovery and address stigma.
The festival aims to empower people affected by addiction by giving them a voice and an opportunity to tell their own stories, whilst challenging stereotypes of people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.
Ceri, whose film ‘Understanding Me’ won the competition in 2018, said:
“I didn't realise at first, but the main benefit to making the film was that after having my son I was again processing the grief of losing my mum. The film helped me remind myself that mum was controlled by alcoholism and it wasn't my fault, and has really helped me move on.
I think that in the future the Recovery Street Festival could be a great way for people to work through their own stories and celebrate their recovery. It's also a great creative output and really improved my confidence. These films could help all the charities involved educate others of the impact drugs and alcohol have, and show others they aren't alone in their journey and motivate them to make changes to their lives.”
In 2017, a total of 3,756 people died from drug poisoning in England and Wales. Drug-related deaths are currently at the highest ever level. The aim of the Recovery Street Film Festival, therefore, is to break down stigma by opening up conversations and to show what recovery can look like.
Film submissions are open until Wednesday 1st August 2019. To submit your film, visit the Recovery Street Film Festival website: https://rsff.co.uk/