S.O.U.L. (Screening Our Unseen Lives) celebrates and supports Britain's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic film talent.

S.O.U.L. programmes two types of event each year, our quarterly film industry screening and networking events known as S.O.U.L. Celebrate Connect and our annual public film festival S.O.U.L.Fest.

SOUL Fest 2020 is set to be a month long celebration of Black British talent in film, showcasing new features and shorts and allowing audiences the opportunity to see a diverse representation of Black Britain. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic S.O.U.L. Fest 2020 will take place online primarily on the prestigious BFI Player.

The festival is realised as a collaboration between four organisations who serve Black audiences and talent.

The British Blacklist is the online global home for African Caribbean British creative professionals on the Screen and Stage, in Sound and Literature – both up front and behind the scenes.

The New Black Film Collective is a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen.

We Are Parable specialise in film exhibition and believe in the storytelling power of events to enhance the experience of a cinema going audience.

S.O.U.L. Film a platform with the mission to make British Film and TV industry more diverse by celebrating and connecting BAME filmmakers and audiences.

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. Fest 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: There 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. Fest event and utilise supporting material in our programme, website, social media and promotional materials.

Please note we can not accept short films longer than 20 minutes in duration for S.O.U.L. Fest events.

S.O.U.L. Fest is presented by S.O.U.L. Festival UK

S.O.U.L. Fest is an Annual event based at the BFI Southbank.

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

No film selected may be withdrawn from the S.O.U.L. Fest 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. Fest 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. Fest's policy not to offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the programme.

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.

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  • Was really honoured to have our film 'elephant' screen at S.O.U.L Fest this year. Gutted that there couldn't be a physical festival, but I really have to applaud Iyare and the team for being so innovative to deliver a wonderful experience online. There were some truly wonderful films this year and to be in the mix with some fantastically talented filmmakers was humbling. Thank you. Dx

    September 2020
  • S.O.U.L celebrate connect was an amazing opportunity to screen our film at a prestige film venue in front of a large audience. The organisation was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    April 2020
  • Here at Escape Studios in London we were delighted to have the short film "Flame", directed by Cherelle Owusu, accepted in the SOUL. Many thanks for a great festival.

    April 2020
  • 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