Telling Tales

International Film & Audio Documentary Festival

Thanks to all participants for a wonderful 2017 festival. We look forward to seeing you all again for more exciting audio and film submissions in 2018. 

2017 Grand Prize Winners


"A Call From Water Tank 6"

Emmi van den Boom, Tove Tikkanen Jönn and Simon Forsberg

When the South Sudanese government started hunting Grace after falsely accusing her of helping the rebel forces, she had no choice but to flee the country. She was forced into hiding, leaving her four children behind. They were apart for over seven months. But on the 17th January 2017, they met again. They didn’t reunite back home, but in Palorinya refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Since that day, they have been trying to start their lives over, and to build their dreams again. But that is not an easy task when you have lost everything.

"The Silent Wound"

Natalia Guerrero

During Colombia’s 53-year internal conflict, around 15,000 military veterans have lived in their own bodies with the heart-breaking consequences of a barbaric war. A considerable number of them have also sacrificed their masculinity in the form of genital trauma.

Photos from the 2017 festival


"THE ACTIVISTS: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets", Directed by Melody Shemtov
Produced by Melody Shemtov, Michael T. Heaney, and Marco Roldán

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"Lots of Life", Eefje van den Akker and Eva Oosterveld

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"Back to Basics", A film by Christa Hiddinga ( and Fleur Born (


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Telling Tales Festival is proudly sponsored by:


Hindenburg Audio

"It's all about the story!"

Hindenburg Systems is a Danish software company specialising in intuitive, portable solutions for storytellers. 

Our mission is to tear down the technical divide between storytellers and their audience...

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ToRrside Brewing

Torrside Brewing is based in New Mills, in Derbyshire's High Peak, on the north-west edge of the Peak District.

Our name is taken from the Torrs, the 70-foot-deep gorge cut by the Rivers Goyt & Sett, that the town stands above and around. New Mills is an old and sizeable town, but has somehow missed out on having its own brewery!

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