I Will Tell is a celebration of impactful dramas, documentaries, animations and short films from across the world. We encourage filmmakers,inspire festival goers and shine a light on the hidden stories of the Other.

Our mission is to host, encourage and support the best of the world’s established and emerging filmmaking talent creating story-telling masterpieces. They are stories that empower the people whose voices would not otherwise be heard or whose stories have been hidden in distant memories, ignored or deliberately withheld from us. They are stories that provoke awe and wonder, sometimes just by helping us to treasure the single thread of redemption that runs through even the most difficult circumstances. Each screening is followed by an inspirational post-screening discussion and debate with filmmakers, thought leaders and an engaged, culturally diverse and conscious public. We say to our festival goers You Are I Will Tell because, in the end, we are all stories.

We showcase the most innovative and exceptional films addressing issues such as war and peace, relationship, faith, family, business, government, gender issues, race, global politics, social purpose, community cohesiveness, social justice and much more as well as the intangible issues of love, joy, peace and unity.

2017 will be our 11th year and we will be using each day of the festival to celebrate a year of the festival in some way ending in a spectacular celebration of 11 years of showcasing award-winning films from over 40 countries of a variety of genres from micro animations to epic feature-length dramas followed by thought-provoking and inspirational post-screening discussions with filmmakers and subject matter experts.

The name of the festival was inspired by a young girl, called Anel, from an impoverished area in Mozambique who wanted the world to know her story and the story of so many others around the world.

Our jury has included Bart Gavigan (Filmmaker and Hollywood script doctor), Max Oginni (Animator, Mr Bean Series), Lashana Lynch (Actress, Fast Girls), Prof Robert Beckford (BBC and Channel 4), Mark Playne (award-winning Director) and other award-winning filmmakers and professionals.

The name of the festival was inspired by a young girl, called Anel, from an impoverished area in Mozambique who wanted the world to know her story and the story of so many others around the world. The festival is inspired by a Christian ethos and we welcome films and filmmakers of any faith or none who believe simply in the power of a good story.

We love stories that challenge, awe us, shake us to the core of our beings and open up our minds to other possibilities. We love stories that encourage, empower, equip us and that inspire love, mercy and generosity. And we love stories that remind us who we truly are.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 11th I Will Tell International Film Festival! This Is Your Time!

Awards & Prizes

Ndinadzawapanga (Grand Jury Prize) £1,000 in cash, goods and services
Best Feature Drama £700 in cash, goods and services
Best Feature Documentary £600 in cash, goods and services
Best Short Drama £400 in cash, goods and services
Special Mention £300 in cash, goods and services

Rules & Terms

We accept films from a wide range of genres that address the theme in a unique way and bring a hidden, ignored or forgotten story to light.

1. A film may only be submitted to the festival by the rights owner and there must be no disputes regarding the ownership or distribution or exhibition rights of the submission in part or in entirety.

2. I Will Tell encourages freedom of intellectual expression, including controversial moral, social, political and economical issues, but reserves the right to exclude material if it judges it to be gratuitously offensive or pornographic.

3. The submitted material must not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and the submitter fully indemnifies the I Will Tell International Film Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.

4. Each film for the competition should be treated as a separate entry and accompanied by a press kit in English.

5. Films can be submitted in the original language but they must have English subtitles.

6. The decision on whether or not to accept or screen an entry is the sole right of I Will Tell.

7. I Will Tell is authorised to partially transmit, reproduce and screen selected excerpts from the films or photographs for promotional purposes on radio, television, the internet, print and other promotional media.

8. I Will Tell reserves the right to include the official festival logo in connection with submitted clips or photographs in all promotion and publicity material.

9. All film and music rights and clearances must be obtained (in accordance with relevant copyright laws).

10. You agree and hold the I Will Tell International Film Festival harmless from and defend them from all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether groundless or not, based on any film submitted to the festival.

11. Failure to adhere to festival rules will result in disqualification of screening and forfeiture of entry fee.

12. By submitting the film into the competition, you confirm that the film complies with I Will Tell Submission Rules and certify that the film will not be withdrawn from the festival if the film is accepted.