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.

S.O.U.L. Celebrate Connect ELIGIBILITY:

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No film selected may be withdrawn from the S.O.U.L. Celebrate:Connect programme after its publication.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

    an Amazingly ran festival, full of friendly staff and a lovely night out

    December 2019
  • Nygilia McClain

    It was a great event and it allowed me to flourish as an artist. The only addition I could think that could help the show out is having a quick Q&A after the shows. Other than that, I really enjoyed the experience.

    December 2019
  • Louis Chan

    An excellent experience and very proud to have had my short Stationary screen at SOUL. It was great to see so many other films on the screen and stories that often don't have the platform to be heard. Iyare, Jaden and Nuru were all super friendly and can't recommend applying and attending enough.

    November 2019
  • We absolutely loved the experience and we’re so honoured to have our short DELETED part of your wonderful festival. I urge any filmmaker to submit their film to this wonderful festival, great communication, great team , wonderful opening of the festival and we absolutely loved the industry panellists that was provided to us . Thank you SOULFest

    September 2019
  • Vijay Varman

    Excellent festival with great communication. Highly recommended.

    June 2019