As well as work that explores the broad theme of ‘Different Pasts, Shared Future’, FACT is also encouraging entries that look at how we understand the refugee and asylum seeker experience through the lens of data, the subject of our forthcoming exhibition The New Observatory.

We’re interested in how the medium of film can take us on a journey beyond the stereotypes of refugees and uncover the personal stories behind the stats, challenging common assumptions and forms of standardisation in order to help us build a shared future.

Filmmakers working in any medium or genre are invited to submit their films. Entries should be no more than 25 minutes in length, and by filmmakers based in Merseyside. Please submit your work via file transfer or Vimeo link to by Friday 30 June along with your name, the film title, and a short statement about the film.

Selected films will be shown at a screening event at FACT during the closing week of FESTIVAL31 on the 18 July.

FESTIVAL31 is a month-long, Liverpool-wide celebration of arts and culture from refugee communities, using creative and social activity to widen opportunities for discussion and understanding of the refugee experience.