Insight wants to encourage filmmakers to make films about 'faith'. Films which, challenge, explore, critique, reflect, celebrate or question this vital area of contemporary life.

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Student Filmmaker Award 2016

Call for entries  Now open (deadline: 12 midnight on 8 May 2016)
Theme for submissions – ‘The Merciful Planet?’
How to enter:  Submission notes | Rules | Entry form

➤ Are you a film student in the UK? Or a student at a UK university or college who’s passionate about making films or writing scripts? Maybe you’re a student who just loves film and have something to say about faith? Or perhaps you’re a recent student seeking a career in the in the film industry?

➤ You can enter your work for our Student Filmmaker Award 2016 to win a valuable prize: an all-expenses-paid, six-week internship in Hollywood.

➤ Robyn Forsythe, winner of the Student Filmmaker Award 2015, talks about the work she did during her internship in Hollywood:

‘I assisted with development of treatments, pitched some of my own ideas, and put together funding pitches for up to $600,000. I also wrote budgets and schedules for large scale productions.’

➤ Abdul-Rehman Malik, Director of the Insight Film Festival, says:

‘Now in its third year, the Insight Student Filmmaker Award challenges the UK’s best student filmmakers to turn their creativity and their passion to exploring what faith and belief means to us today.’

➤ If you have problems viewing the Student Filmmaker Award 2016 pages, please switch off your firewall temporarily via your system control panel (see instructions). If you continue to have issues, please email the SFA Project Leader, Marianne Knowles at


The Merciful Planet?


Curation Scheme 2016


A great opportunity for filmmakers

➤ Now in its second year, we run the Insight Curation Scheme to collate great films on the theme of faith.

➤ We ‘commend’ the best of the films that Insight receives for the Curation Scheme. These films will have the chance to be screened at events and festivals in the UK and around the world.

➤ We send expert feedback to each filmmaker who enters one or more films for the Curation Scheme, irrespective of whether or not a film is given ‘commended’ status.

➤ The Call for Entries for the Curation Scheme 2016 will be announced soon.

Plus, the Insight Film Festival hosts regular screenings of award-winning films

➤ Visit our screenings page to find out about all the ad hoc events we run and the films we screen at these events.

➤ Keep visiting this website for news of when our call for entries the next edition of the Insight Film Festival will open.

➤ The 4th edition of the Insight Film Festival was held at Z-arts in Manchester, UK, on 15-17 March 2013

Our vision

The Insight Film Festival exists to encourage filmmakers throughout the world to make films about ‘faith’. It creates events and spaces where such films can be displayed, discussed and celebrated. It welcomes participants from all faith backgrounds and none and focuses particularly on young filmmakers. In doing so it wants to make positive contributions to understanding, respect and community cohesion.

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Please explore this website. We invite all who are interested in film and identify with our objectives to join us. The Insight Film Festival is affiliated to the Universal Film and Festival Organization and complies with UFFO’s Code of Practice for film festivals: uffofilm