Homeless Film Festival returns to Manchester

Issues surrounding homelessness will be shown in a new light this week as the Homeless Film Festival takes place in Manchester.

This year’s festival takes place at HOME and Manchester Central Library, featuring a mix of feature films, shorts and documentaries, alongside workshops and talks.

Events will also be popping up across the UK and beyond as the festival grows in scope and impact.

Key events include Check It at HOME (6th November 2017), a feature-length documentary about a black gay gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods, followed by a post-screening discussion, a showing of Mr Stink for young children at Central Library in Manchester (9th November 2017), a free film workshop for young people with Lifeshare Charity in Manchester (16th November), a discussion on LGBT young homeless at HOME, Manchester (13th November 2017).

Dean Brocklehurst, creator and director of Homeless Film Festival said: “We’re really excited to announce the schedule for Homeless Film Festival 2017.

“The charity is growing year on year and with this year’s festival we hope to raise awareness of homelessness around the world, highlighting not only the people who are homeless but the many ways in which people become homeless.”

Dean set up Homeless Film Festival with the aim of tackling some of the core issues of homelessness such as lack of aspirations, qualifications and self-confidence.

Aside from raising awareness through the film festival, the charity directors also run filmmaking workshops with homeless project participants in the UK, giving them the opportunity to take part in free filmmaking and art projects all year round. Participants develop skills in script writing, camera operating, editing and festival programming as well as more bespoke workshops requested during sessions.

Recent projects in Greater Manchester include filmmaking in a day activities at Fleet House women’s refuge in Bolton and Greenbank Trafford for homeless and vulnerable young people in Trafford, both part of Irwell Valley Housing Association.

The Homeless Film Festival runs from 4th - 18th November 2017.