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


Let’s get Yeshey to New York City

Help us urgently with one our most exciting campaigns

➤ Please give just four minutes of your time to watch Yeshey Namgyal’s film and donate as little as £1 at our special Indiegogo campaign site, to help Yeshey to receive his prize in person for winning the PLURAL+ Insight Award 2014

➤ All methods of payment are gratefully received – whether by bank transfer, credit card, PayPal, or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘The Insight Festival’ to our postal address in Manchester, UK.

➤ Please watch this two-minute promotional film to get a taste of our enthusiasm for this campaign: Let’s get Yeshey to New York City

➤ Please read our flier for more details and keep a look out for a new blog posting that will announce the winner of the PLURAL+ Insight Award for 2014 in depth

And here is another great opportunity for filmmakers

➤ We have launched the Insight Curation Scheme, to collate great films on the theme of faith – the best of which will be ‘commended’ and have the chance to be screened at events and festivals around the world.

➤ Filmmakers can submit their films us Curation Scheme by reading the rules of the scheme and by filling out our online entry form.

Also, the 5th edition of the Insight Film Festival is scheduled to take place in 2015

➤ Keep visiting this website for news of when our call for entries for films featuring faith will open.

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


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.

Many questions about the Insight Film Festival are answered on our FAQ page. You can also read about our most recent award winners for Insight’s 3rd edition and 4th edition. Keep reading the News and Blog pages to keep up to date with what is happening at Insight.

Video (top): Compilation of Award Winners at the 4th Insight Film Festival (06.00)

The story so far

Since 2007 the Festival has been inviting and encouraging filmmakers to consider the theme of ‘faith’ in their creative endeavours. From a small beginning the idea quickly began to make international impact. As scientific and technological developments offer increasing challenges and opportunities to the creative processes and to how we think and communicate, there has never been a more important moment to explore the phenomenon of faith.


➤ Read more about Festivals 1-3;
➤ Read more about Festival 4;
Creative Times: John Forrest interview (6 March 2013)
➤ Assist News Service: John Forest, ‘From small beginnings, the Insight Film Festival has grown globally‘ (23 June 2013)

Faith and film

Faith, for good and bad, has inspired nations, created cultures and moved individuals to action. Few would doubt the potent effect of faith in the history of human development, and its current power to influence. Film offers opportunities to be inspired, to explain, to share narratives and to understand human kind.


➤ Watch Insight’s award winners: Festival 2: Who’s Driving the Dreambus?; What the Gods Want;
➤ Watch Insight’s award winners: Festival 3: all categories;
➤ Watch Insight’s award winners: Festival 4: all categories;
PLURAL+/ Insight 2013 award: PLURAL+ awards ceremony in New York (5 December 2013)
➤ Insight award-winning films shown at MOCAfest: arts festival at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (29-31 October 2013)


The Insight Film Festival invites those from all faith backgrounds and none to make films that explore this rich strand of human experience.

➤ It works with partners to provide spaces in which films of faith can be viewed, celebrated, discussed and critiqued.
➤ It rewards excellence in filmmaking, judged by significant industry professionals.
➤ It celebrates the work of filmmakers, especially those who are young and emerging from all faith backgrounds and none.

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: