Social Housing Film Festival

Social and affordable homes in action

16-17 June 2021 | Online


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About the festival

In one word

If we have to describe the Social Housing Film Festival with one word, that would be celebration. A global celebration of the long tradition of decent, affordable housing that provides opportunities, breaks stereotypes and myths, and especially nowadays, creates a feeling of stability and safety.

Those of you who have been following the world of housing closely, would immediately think of another event that brings the same ideas together - the International Social Housing Festival (ISHF). And you would be right.

Festival with a history

The Festival was inaugurated in Amsterdam in 2017, travelled to Lyon in 2019 and it was supposed to happen for a third time in June 2021 in Helsinki.

We believe that only art, the unique moment of reflection after watching a movie and a discussion with the director, the main protagonists and key figures in housing could re-create the spirit of ISHF in time of a global pandemic. Luckily, all that can happen online.

What is more - the film festival will provide a platform for the community to meet before housing providers, policymakers, tenants and academics see each other again during the next edition of ISHF in Finland in 2022To make the liaison with past and future events, Helsinki will meet its predecessors in Lyon and the next organisers of ISHF 2023 from Barcelona.

So, what can you expect?


Thought-provoking films in different kind of genres that all have two things in common - the power of public, cooperative or social housing to improve people’s lives and a strong human element.

The event will also feature a first look at some of the pieces from BBC StoryWorks' upcoming film series about social and affordable housing produced for Housing Europe's network. For more information about how you can be involved, please contact Siena Morrell, Researcher, BBC Global News.


Submit your film

Life in public, cooperative and social housing is full of human stories we can relate to, it often has surprising revelations and always offers something new to learn.

Be one of the storytellers.

Find the non-exhaustive list of topics your film can feature.

Deadline | 16 May 2021

A lot more than a roof

Affordable housing around the city

Community integration

Social inclusion

Active involvement of residents

Tenure of choice and not a last resort

Mental health & well being

Upskilling, training, jobs

Catering for the elderly

Disability support

& more.

Homes caring for the planet

Transformational renovation

Net-zero homes

Eradicating energy poverty

Positive energy districts

Home energy efficiency at its best

& more.

Bold innovation and new missions

New ways of working & office at home

Homes with urban farms

Access to the latest digital connectivity

Modern methods of construction

Right-sizing of flats and houses

Integration of migrants

Prevention of homelessness

& more.

We welcome all film genres & multiple movie submissions.


Who are we?

Housing Europe is the European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing. Since 1988 it's a network of 46 national & regional federations gathering 43.000 housing providers in 25 countries. Together they manage around 25 million homes, about 11% of existing dwellings in Europe. Discover our work.

The organisation of this festival is a joint effort of all our network. Have a taste of what ISHF is like.

Get in touch

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