The Recovery Street Film Festival is launching for it’s 3rd year on Wednesday 7th September. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the journey to recovery from alcohol and drug misuse by sharing stories and opening up a dialogue about issues relating to addiction.
The launch of this year’s festival will be held at Rio Cinema in Dalston, from 12 – 1.30pm and will be hosted by Mark Dempster, a Harley Street therapist, who has his own, personal experience of the recovery journey. Dempster, a former drug addict, who was once , homeless and selling The Big Issue, has been cited as a great example of somebody who has managed to turn their life around.
On the day of the launch, the ten shortlisted films will be screeed, the winners announced and prizes awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place best films.
Mitch Winehouse, father of singer Amy Winehouse endorsed the festival, stating: ‘Sadly we don’t hear much about recovery in the press or on TV, and as a result people who are struggling with addiction don’t know that they have got a chance. People have got to know that recovery is out there and it is possible.
‘Recovery is a concept that means different things to different people, and the Recovery Street Film Festival is a great opportunity to share their unique stories about how they or a loved one turned their lives around.’
The festival empowers people who have been affected by addiction, by giving them a platform to share their experiences of recovery, opening up conversations that challenge stigma and stereotypes, create awareness and inform people that it doesn’t have to end in tragedy, that there is help out there and that recovery is possible.
The shortlisted films will be shown on the Community Channel throughout September, broadcasting 24/7 on Virgin 269, Sky 539 and Freesat 651. The films will also be shown at various locations throughout the U.K. Please see the website for further details www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk