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Screen & Story Film Festival Programme Announced!

Screen & Story Film Festival 2021 15 - 25 September FREE. LIVE. GLOBAL. STREAMING. 10 days. 103 films. 39 countries.

London, 23rd August 2021 – The Screen & Story Film Festival (SSFF) is launching its second edition, following a successful inaugural event last year, with an expanded programme and a diverse slate of films from across the world. Virtually attending this year’s festival, you can expect:

• Films from a new generation of undiscovered talents

• A diverse programme of 103 films from 39 countries, including 17 Virtual Premieres

• Over 20 hours of cinematic entertainment that platforms global filmmaking

• An exciting and unique screenwriting competition

• Compelling prizes and honours to be won

• Live-streamed, free-to-access film showcases, talks, and workshops

The festival line-up this year includes 48 shorts (40 fiction and 8 experimental films), 24 documentaries, 28 animations, and 3 features, in a diversity of genres and styles, to please a wide audience.

Virtual Screenings and Ticketing - Tickets for virtual screenings and events are free and will be accessible via the festival website. Our international audience can enjoy the festival experience from the comfort of their homes starting Wednesday, 15th September, 8pm GMT, via the festival website for 10 days. Festival passes offering access to all strands are available at

Focus Areas and Strand Programs – Our programming team has focused on discovering thought-provoking and ground-breaking art that goes beyond narrative and creative boundaries. Disabilities, Technology, Sustainability, Affection, Humour and Self served as thematic pillars, which inspired the team to create the ten programming strands to encourage diversity and open up the festival to new audiences. The programme explores a range of inventive and visually stimulating stories from both fiction and reality. Our varied range of traditional and experimental films focus on an electric range of narrative or stylistic themes, from disability to childhood.

A complete line-up of all strands and double-bills is included within the second attachment of this e-mail.

Screenwriting Competition - To celebrate the power of storytelling, the festival has also launched a screenwriting competition that will be intertwined with a range of industry-leading events, all free to attend. A shortlist of the top 8% screenplays in the following three categories – Feature, TV and Short – will be announced on Wednesday 25th August. The final scripts will then be judged by a panel of industry leaders. The winners will each win a copy of Final Draft.

Talks, Workshops and Live Events - A selected number of screenings will be presented with introductions and Q&As from filmmakers and programmers.

Laurels and Awards – An “Official Selection” laurel will be given to all films in the Feature, Documentary, Short, and Animation categories. On the last day of the festival, we will reveal the Outstanding Feature, Outstanding Short, Outstanding Animation, and Outstanding Documentary winners. The festival will also acknowledge honourable mentions for films that are deeply connected to the focus areas: Sustainability, Self, Technology, Humour, Disabilities and Affection.

Accessibility and D-Rating - The festival organisers value and recognize the wealth of creative talent within the disabled community. They also acknowledge the extensive barriers to the film industry that members of the community often face. Therefore, films will have English language subtitles or captions with trigger warnings, if appropriate. 14 titles will also have audio described versions provided in each film’s original language. As believers in the Nothing About Us, Without Us campaign, the festival committee has made sure to D-rate all films within the ‘disabilities’ strand, as well as others within the programme, where appropriate.

Sponsors and Supporters

Final Draft is the number-one selling screenwriting software in the world, used by 95% of the entertainment industry. It offers over 300 templates for screenplays, teleplays, comics, immersive storytelling, graphic novels, and stage plays. They have generously provided us with three copies of their software, worth $750 in total, to award the winners of the different categories of the screenwriting competition.

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Social Media Links:

TWITTER: @ScreenStoryFest

INSTAGRAM: @screenandstoryfilmfestival

LINKEDIN: screenandstoryfilmfestival

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