News: Recovery Street Film Festival Returns for Second Year

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12 April 2015
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“I am delighted to lend my support for this year’s Film Festival. Last year was an outstanding success and I am confident this year’s will also include some extremely inspirational stories.”

Following a successful first year in 2014, the 2nd Recovery Street Film Festival launches this month with the theme ‘My Story’. It is a competition for people to tell, through film, their stories of recovery from substance dependence.

A judging panel of film industry experts will select a shortlist of 3-minute films to feature at ‘pop-up’ street cinemas. These will appear at a planned series of Recovery Street Film Festival events around the country in September where the films will be shown to the public to challenge traditional views about overcoming addiction.

The competition is open to anyone, regardless of their skill in filmmaking. The group or individual making the winning film, chosen by the judges, will receive £1000 worth of film related prizes.

Phoenix Futures are organising the Festival in partnership with drug and alcohol treatment providers and charities including Turning Point, Action on Addiction, Angelus Foundation, CRI, Addaction, and Blenheim CDP.

Founder of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Mitch Winehouse backed the competition:

“I am delighted to lend my support for this year’s Film Festival. Last year was an outstanding success and I am confident this year’s will also include some extremely inspirational stories. Film is probably the best medium to get those important messages across to the public about people overcoming the misuse of substances, including legal highs but particularly alcohol. We need to challenge those misconceptions about addiction and how people have pieced together their lives deserve respect like everyone else.”

The competition will run from 5 May until 20 July with films shown 12-26 September 2015 around the UK. Qualifying films, including those not shortlisted by the judges for the festival, will also be available to watch and share on http://www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).