If we have to describe the Social Housing Film Festival with one word, that would be celebration. A global celebration of the long tradition of decent, affordable housing that provides opportunities, breaks stereotypes and myths, and especially nowadays, creates a feeling of stability and safety.
Those of you who have been following the world of housing closely, would immediately think of another event that brings the same ideas together - the International Social Housing Festival (ISHF). And you would be right.
Festival with a history
We believe that only art, the unique moment of reflection after watching a movie and a discussion with the director, the main protagonists and key figures in housing could re-create the spirit of ISHF in time of a global pandemic. Luckily, all that can happen online.
What is more - the film festival will provide a platform for the community to meet before housing providers, policymakers, tenants and academics see each other again during the next edition of ISHF in Finland in 2022. To make the liaison with past and future events, Helsinki will meet its predecessors in Lyon and the next organisers of ISHF 2023 from Barcelona.
So, what can you expect?
Thought-provoking films in different kind of genres that all have two things in common - the power of public, cooperative or social housing to improve people’s lives and a strong human element.
The event will also feature a first look at some of the pieces from BBC StoryWorks' upcoming film series about social and affordable housing produced for Housing Europe's network. For more information about how you can be involved, please contact Siena Morrell, Researcher, BBC Global News.
Life in public, cooperative and social housing is full of human stories we can relate to, it often has surprising revelations and always offers something new to learn.
Be one of the storytellers and submit your film by 16th May.
Find the non-exhaustive list of topics your film can feature:
A lot more than a roof
Affordable housing around the city
Active involvement of residents
Tenure of choice and not a last resort
Mental health & well being
Upskilling, training, jobs
Catering for the elderly
Homes caring for the planet
Eradicating energy poverty
Positive energy districts
Home energy efficiency at its best
Bold innovation and new missions
New ways of working & office at home
Homes with urban farms
Access to the latest digital connectivity
Modern methods of construction
Right-sizing of flats and houses
Integration of migrants
Prevention of homelessness
Get to know more at the official website of the festival - www.socialhousingfilmfestival.eu
Reach out also via social media at #SocialHousingFilmFest