The second annual S.O.U.L (Screening Our Unseen Lives) Fest, a month-long series of film premieres, shorts presentations, Q+As and Panel discussions taking place throughout August on BFI Player and the BFI’s and SOUL’s YouTube channels. Highlights of the Festival, which is programmed and developed by S.O.U.L Celebrate Connect, We Are Parable, The British Blacklist and The New Black Film Collective will include an exclusive online conversation with the creative team behind Disney and Pixar’s upcoming feature SOUL (directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Dana Murray, 2020), and online previews of Aki Omoshabyi’s directorial debut REAL (2019) and Rubika Shah’s documentary about Rock Against Racism WHITE RIOT (2019). S.O.U.L Fest will also partner with BFI to present three new collections of short films on BFI Player, featuring exceptional work by Black British filmmakers. (Image: Still: Real)
Created to highlight and celebrate Black film and filmmakers, S.O.U.L Fest will begin on Saturday 8th August, with the first of three weekly events broadcast on SOUL’s YouTube channel. Taking place each Saturday, SOUL Fest (8th, 15th and 21st August), these events will coincide with the weekly release of three shorts programmes on BFI Player, showcasing some of the most exciting filmmakers in the country. Each free YouTube event will feature conversations with some of the filmmakers whose exceptional work has been carefully curated into these shorts programmes by the SOUL Fest team. The shorts will be part of BFI Player’s subscription service, which for £4.99 a month (14 day free trial available), offers audiences access to hundreds of British, Independent and World Cinema titles on demand.