Thursday, 25 May 2017

Reel Homes

The Reel Homes film competition is looking for new, up-and-coming film-makers to produce a short-film about homelessness or the housing crisis.

Fifty years ago Ken Loach’s landmark film Cathy Come Home was screened for the first time. This competition is launched to mark the anniversary – and the aim is to produce a Cathy Come Home for the 21st Century.

We will be showcasing the best new film-makers in the industry and giving the winning entrant the chance to develop their idea.

About Reel Homes

To mark the anniversary, and look to the future, Reel Homes invites film-makers to submit a synopsis and test footage - of between one and three minutes - for an original film about homelessness and the impact of the housing crisis.

The competition is chiefly aimed at undergraduate, postgraduate and newly-qualified film-makers, who are looking to gain exposure and build up a portfolio of work. It is also open to other new film-makers who are looking to break into the industry.

The aim is to showcase the best new film-makers in the industry and give the winning entrant the chance to develop their idea.

The winner will be picked by a panel of both housing and film-making professionals and win a £1,500 cash prize. They will also receive funding to help develop a final short film, which will receive a public showing and wider promotion. We’ve raised more than £10,000 so far thanks to our backers.

The winning film of about 20-25 minutes in length will be entered in at least one film festival.

The housing crisis is one of today’s most important issues. Film-makers have a vital contribution to make to the debate.

“This Reel Homes film competition is offering new talent financial support to tell a story that is vitally important, but so often under-reported,” says competition judge Henry Barnes, digital editor at the British Film Institute (BFI) and former editor of” It’s hard enough to find the money to get any film made. Yet, by offering film-makers a leg up, this competition is encouraging the next generation of film talent to address the crushing injustice of the housing crisis.” We look forward to receiving your entries. The closing date is 10 February 2017. To enter the competition, organised by Inside Housing magazine, see our entry form below.

Please click here to see our terms and conditions.

Reel Homes backers:

  • Accent
  • Aldwyck
  • Arches
  • Axiom
  • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
  • Brighter Futures
  • Broadland
  • Bromford
  • Community Gateway
  • Connect
  • Croydon Churches Housing Association
  • Cynon Taf
  • EMH Homes
  • Family Mosaic
  • Halton Housing
  • Hastoe
  • Hexagon
  • Hightown Housing
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association
  • Liverpool Housing Trust
  • Network
  • North Star
  • Nottingham Community Housing Association
  • Orbit
  • Placeshapers
  • Richmond Housing Partnership
  • Riverside
  • Shepherds Bush
  • Soha
  • South Liverpool Homes
  • South Yorkshire Housing
  • St Vincent’s
  • Trafford Housing Trust
  • Tyne
  • Wandle
  • Wulvern

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10/05/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

REEL HOMES FILM COMPETITION: Watch all the footage entered into our competition and learn more about the winner.

Daisy May Hudson

From the housing crisis to BAFTA success

25/01/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Daisy-May Hudson’s film about her family’s homelessness has won praise from BAFTA.

Lights camera action

Homelessness on film

03/01/2017 | By Kate Youde

From I, Daniel Blake to A Street Cat Named Bob, films about housing and homelessness are entering the mainstream. But have they made a difference to people working on the frontline? Kate Youde finds out

A Street Cat Named Bob

A director's tale: Q & A with Roger Spottiswoode

21/12/2016 | By Kate Youde

A Street Cat Named Bob, tells the story of a homeless busker and Big Issue seller in London who befriends a stray cat while recovering from heroin addiction. Inside Housing spoke to Mr Spottiswoode about portraying homelessness on screen

Michael Chandler

Filming homelessness

29/11/2016 | By Michael Chandler

Thinking of entering our Reel Homes competition? Film director Michael Chandler provides tips on how to capture experience of homelessness on screen


Top tips for film-makers

18/11/2016 | By Henry Barnes

Competition judge Henry Barnes suggests some pointers for film-makers to consider when working on their Reel Homes entries