S.O.U.L. (Screening Our Unseen Lives) celebrates and supports Britain's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic film talent.
The Celebrate: Connect event is a short film screening and networking platform that occurs 4 times a year at the British Film Institute in Southbank, London, UK.

Aiming to address the falling numbers of ethnic minority filmmakers in the UK, the event offers a platform to exhibit their work on the big screen, and a venue for them to meet. We believe the better fellow ethnic filmmakers know each other and each other's work, the better able we are to support one another.
The events are open to and attended by filmmakers of all levels, industry executives, commissioners, exhibitors, actors, writers and film fans, and is a great opportunity to meet and develop relationships with your film making peers.
Add to this the benefit of being able to screen your work at one of the most prestigious film venues in the UK and you have a superb opportunity for emerging diverse British filmmakers.


The short film must have involved a person of BAME background (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), in a KEY role (Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer or Lead Actor etc.)

It must be clear who the BAME role is; whether it's on screen or in your bio. If it is not clear, this may hinder your chances of selection.

The submitter must be UK-BASED as we expect, should your film be chosen, that you, your team or a representative, attend the screening and networking event to represent your work.
(Note: Their will be interviews and marketing around the event so it is in your best interests that the filmmakers attend.)

If it is clear from your submission/bio that you are not based in the UK (Check your address and Country of Origin sections), you will be automatically disqualified.

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 S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect event and utilise supporting material in our programme, website, social media and promotional materials.

Please note we can not accept films longer than 20 minutes for S.O.U.L. Celebrate Connect events.

S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect is presented by S.O.U.L.

S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect is a quarterly event based at the BFI Southbank.

Programming decisions are made at the discretion of the S.O.U.L. programming team.

No film selected may be withdrawn from the S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect programme after its publication.

S.O.U.L. does not charge fees for submission nor does S.O.U.L. 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 S.O.U.L. 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 S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect Director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these regulations.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, it is S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect's policy not to offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the programme.

Overall Rating
  • Lainey Richardson

    An amazing experience and honour to have my film SAMIRA screen at SOUL Celebrate:Connect and at the BFI Southbank. Really great energy and buzz at the event, friendly team, spotlight on filmmakers including a filmed interview. Was completely sold out so it was brilliant to have a full screen. Screening was followed by packed networking drinks which was a perfect touch and a chance to talk to mingle with other filmmakers. Defo recommend.

    February 2019
  • William Alexander Boyd

    APPLY TO S.O.U.L. You won't regret it. Fantastic event.

    January 2019
  • We were so pleased that our short film "LEFT BEHIND" was included in the S.O.U.L. Celebrate: Connect so thank you so much for this great opportunity!

    This was an extremely well run festival which allows diverse filmmakers to showcase their film on BFI which is one of the best-known venues including a networking session to connect with all filmmaker.

    I can't wait to bring more films back to show. I highly recommend it to everyone so Keep it up!

    September 2018
  • Toby Lloyd

    Very well run, lovely people, great selection of films. It was a wonderful evening!

    June 2018
  • Louise & Sherill Munro & Turner

    It was an honour to have our film screened at this festival as the calibre of other films they showed there was so high! Not only were the films fantastic, obviously the BFI is a great venue and the networking event afterwards is genuinely enjoyable. A great festival to attend both as a filmmaker and audience member! It's a Funny Life Films Ltd.

    June 2018