As part of our contingency plans in response to the Covid-19 pandemic we can now confirm we will be hosting the film screenings for Rapport Festival from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2020.

Our event dateline has been changed to reflect this and all of our entry deadlines have now extended accordingly. Given the current situation, we feel postponing the screenings is an excellent solution, keeps our event running, and gives filmmakers something to focus on through these exceptionally difficult times.


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No film selected may be withdrawn from the Rapport Film Festival programme after its publication.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

    I was so excited to be a part of this film festival. I sadly wasn't able to fly out to England to attend. However, I really appreciate the mission of the festival, and all of my interactions with the festival were positive. Thank you Rapport Festival for what you do and for letting me be a part of it!

    July 2019
  • Victor Daniel

    Brilliant!!! It was an honour to have my short film The Victor Daniels Project aired at this festival!

    July 2019
  • It was an honor for my film SHARECROP DELTA COTTON to be screened at the Rapport festival, thank you!

    June 2018