Rapport Festival is an International African Diaspora (BLACK) arts festival that is here to redefine the artistic and cultural landscape of the UK.

By placing the spotlight on work created by African Diaspora practitioners and artists from multiple genres and art disciplines, the festival offers a unique platform that celebrates and elevates African Diaspora artistic expression from across the international diaspora.

The Rapport Festival is multidisciplinary. We embrace African Diaspora visual artists, musicians, dancers, DJs, spoken word & live performance artists, filmmakers, theatre makers, innovative creatives, agitators and all round movers & shakers.

We’re looking for films that touch upon the hybrid nature of the black African Diaspora experience throughout the world. We're particularly interested in submissions from African Diaspora filmmakers from: UK, Europe, South America, Caribbean, Canada, Asia and the Middle East.

All selected films win Rapport Festival Official Selection laurels.

You must have the legal right to submit the work and any supporting materials, and by submission you give us permission to screen the work at a Rapport Film Festival event and utilise supporting material in our programme, website, social media and promotional materials.

Rapport Film Festival is presented by Rapport Festival.

Rapport Film Festival is an event based at the Whirled Cinema.

Programming decisions are made at the discretion of the Rapport Festival programming team.

No film selected may be withdrawn from the Rapport Film Festival programme after its publication.

Rapport Festival charges nominal fees for submission but does not pay fees to screen work.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation.

No cuts or changes to any submission will be made by Rapport Festival management for any reason.

Please note it is not possible for us to return any DVDs/submission materials sent to us through open submissions.

Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.

The Rapport Film Festival Director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these regulations.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, it is Rapport Festival’s policy not to offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the programme.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks you so much to have supported my movie . Wish you a long way successful with your festival and see you soon maybe with a new project .
    My best regards
    Galiam Bruno Henry

    November 2020
  • I cannot express how important it was for us to be selected to a festival as culturally important as the Rapport Festival! We were thrilled to be selected! I only hope that post pandemic, we will be able to personally attend this festival one day. Congrats on a successfully run, virtual festival!

    October 2020
  • I was so made up to be part of Rapport and it was simply brilliant!! Nuff nuff respect to Lara Samuels and the team. They worked tirelessly to bring a really immersive festival experience virtually and to be among a slate of some seriously fantastic films was a real joy. Thank you. Dxx

    October 2020
  • Amir Zargara

    Thanks for having us :)

    September 2020
  • Preston Chase

    It was an honour to be an official selection at this year's Rapport Festival. It is an amazing feeling to have my first film, Mr. Emanciaption: The Walter Perry Story, acknowledged and it was impressive at how well you transitioned to an entirely virtual festival. Congratulations to your team for pulling it off this year and I thank you

    September 2020