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Call for entries:Real to Reel- the Craft Film Festival


Craft has a very special relationship with film. Craft on film can be hypnotic, surprising and magical.  The resurgence of interest in craft has resulted in a host of beautiful and interesting new films on the topic.

From BBC Four’s unhurried look at making in 2015 to Oscar-nominated film director Morgan Spurlock turning his attention to the handmade in his next feature film Crafted – craft looks good on screen.

It’s why Craft Council is co-hosting with Crafts magazine a craft film festival this May during London Craft Week. They're taking over Picturehouse Central in London on the 4 and 5 of May to play a programme of films relating to craft.

From elegant documentaries, story-led films and animation to seeing skill in action or materials from a new angle and celebrating the craft of film-making - Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival will show an array of films that capture the wonder of craft.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, hosted by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine. Real to Reel gives a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process in the broadest sense. It takes place on the evenings of 4 and 5 May at Picturehouse Central, London. 

They are eager to show the breadth and depth of talent and technique that exists across the UK’s craft and moving image communities, and are inviting submissions for the festival’s first edition, based around the theme of our ‘Material World’.

How to Apply

Your film can be of any genre; including documentary, narrative or animation, and it can be traditional or experimental. Essentially they are interested in film-making that has a craft story to tell, but for this first edition of the festival, it should focus on material and its manipulation in some way - either as subject matter or as intrinsic part of the filming process. 

-There is no submission fee

-They accept feature films (over 30 minutes) and short films (under 30 minutes)

-Films must have been made within the last two years

Deadline: 11th March 2016

Submitted films will be selected by the Crafts Council with the support of experts across the film industry and craft sector. A selection will be screened during the film festival and published online. 

To submit a film - create a Crafts Council website account and do so via your dashboard (accessible via your top menu bar). We look forward to watching your creations!

If you have any questions about your submission please contact Sarah on