2021 LongShots film festival launches

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It is with this idea in mind that LongShots, the BBC’s first online film festival, returns for its second edition with a new motto: the Age of Bloom. In the spirit of new beginnings, the pleasures and joys of human existence and the wonders of our diverse, flamboyant world, we introduce this year’s exclusively curated collection of documentary films to our global audience.

With a new theme and updated format, the festival and its contributors remain committed in our original mission to showcase unique voices and exceptional talent in documentary cinema. BBC Reel invites you to experience these stories of triumph, family, creation and empowerment along with us.

Each of the shortlisted films celebrates the power of togetherness, compassion and collaboration, the movements and moments that unite mankind. They explore the ways in which passion and love can strengthen the bonds between us, exhilarate the human spirit, and give us the courage we need to reach for the things that make us whole.

LongShots brings a complete film festival atmosphere to the online space, with the entire line-up of film finalists available for streaming and a virtual red carpet alongside bespoke social media content.

An alliance of 13 contributing festivals – an international coalition of esteemed institutions devoted to giving a platform to the best films from the most promising directors – nominated 110 films for LongShots’ consideration. Our team shortlisted the best 13 films, which will be available to watch for free on the BBC Reel website from 18 August. Other exclusive content can be found on BBC Reel’s social media accounts.

The festival winner will be decided by a jury of acclaimed filmmakers, as well as through a public vote. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy these 13 incredible films as much as we have, and cast your own vote in support of your favourite film for this year’s Audience Award.

Special thanks go to our 13 film festival partners:

Read the terms and conditions and privacy notice for the audience vote.

LongShots was created by Anna Bressanin, BBC Reel editor in the US; BBC Reel producer Ana Catala is a co-curator of the festival and Alba Jaramillo, Brandon Karl Drenon and Camelia Sadeghzadeh form the selection committee.

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