Recovery Street Film Festival 2022

This September we’re housing the Recovery Street Film Festival run by Turning Point. You’ll find short films submitted to the festival ahead of a selection of our programme in September whilst the launch event will take place on Friday 2 September from 5pm. The launch will feature the top 10 films submitted to the festival.

The Herefordshire Recovery Service is delivered by Turning Point, a national charity helping thousands of people recover from alcohol and other drugs. They offer practical support in three key areas of your life: health, wellbeing, and the future. They also offer a free and confidential service for adults and young people (11+) who are concerned about their own or someone else’s use. Whether you need intensive support or just some brief advice, Turning Point will support you to make the changes you want to make.

The support I received helped me to take control of my life and stop relying on drugs or medication. I have a full-time job, take better care of myself and am grateful to everyone in the service for their continued support.”

The Recovery Street Film Festival was established eight years ago to give people with lived experience the opportunity to share their story with the general public. The festivals aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding recovery from drug and alcohol use. Since then, over one hundred films have been entered and have been watched by over three thousand people.

We want to demonstrate through the medium of film the diverse issues that are faced by people during their recovery processes and how those around them can be affected. Film entries often show a different side to the story of recovery from drug or alcohol use: 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 – one that is not without its pitfalls and disappointments – and we want the films to explore all of the challenges that people face.