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A powerful film featuring the Emmaus movement in the North West is in the running for the international Charity Film Awards.

Across the UK, Emmaus provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to 850 people who have experienced homelessness. People supported by Emmaus, known as companions, are offered the opportunity to gain skills, training, confidence, and new experiences.

The emotive film features Emmaus companions, volunteers and staff speaking about their experiences in communities and social enterprises. Emmaus is now appealing for public votes to help the film, ‘An Introduction to Emmaus North West’, make the final shortlist for The Smiley Charity Film Awards – the world’s biggest campaign to promote cause-based films.

The film was commissioned by the partnership of seven Emmaus communities in the North West. Award-winning photographic duo Photography by Anderson assisted to produce the film, having previously worked with Emmaus Salford to create a short film in 2021.

Promoting Emmaus in the North West

George Almond, Chair of the Emmaus North West partnership, said: “This film has been produced to promote the work of Emmaus in the North West and I am delighted with the outcome and wish to thank everyone involved for their support and cooperation. The film is shortlisted for an international Charity Film Award and I hope everyone will vote for it.”

Ian Lloyd Jones, an Emmaus Trustee who helped with the development of the film, said: “We are delighted with our new film and hope it proves a useful tool in introducing Emmaus to new audiences and supporters. I would like to give sincere thanks to the talented film producers along with all the people who featured and assisted with its production.”

‘An Introduction to Emmaus North West’ features people and location shots from Emmaus Bolton, Emmaus Lancashire, Emmaus Merseyside, Emmaus Mossley and Emmaus Salford. The film has been entered in the Charity Film Awards where Emmaus supporters and the public can vote to help it reach the final shortlist. Round One voting closes on Friday 12 January 2024.

To see the full-length film and vote for it in the Charity Film Awards, visit: https://smileycharityfilmawards.com/films/an-introduction-to-emmaus-north-west