The organising partners (Action on Addiction, CGL, Forward Trust, Humankind, Phoenix Futures, Turning Point and Steps2Recovery) came together to raise awareness of addiction and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities by taking a fresh approach.
We want to demonstrate through the medium of film the diverse issues that are faced by people overcoming addiction and how those around them can be affected.
The aim is to empower people affected by addiction by giving them a voice, providing a platform for them to tell their own stories of the ups and downs and how they reached recovery. We want the films to highlight the problems that are confronted when someone is attempting to regain their place in society: to gain new friends, to revive links with family, secure a home and get a job.
We want the films to show a different side to the story of addiction: one that shows a true picture of the determination, commitment and courage that is required to start life afresh. It can be an uphill struggle and one that is not without its pitfalls and disappointments and we want the films to explore all the challenges that people face.