There are thousands of film festivals around the world that focus on culture, history, entertainment, science fiction, or something similar. However, there are very few film festivals that highlight humanitarian issues related to people with special needs or living through unusual social situations.

As a pioneer in providing for the less fortunate members of its society and highly ranked for its support of human rights, including care for the elderly and people with special needs, Sweden was the ideal location for the first Hope International Film Festival in the European Union.

From its heart in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, the festival will act as a global platform for the cinematic arts, highlighting the challenges faced by people with special needs, mental disorders, congenital anomalies and other disabilities, as well as looking at the issues of refugees and the war wounded. It will also screen films on the COVID-19 pandemic and its psychological and physical impact on humanity, as well as other connected humanitarian issues.

Our mission is to support those in need of help in overcoming obstacles as they integrate into society, develop their creativity, and elevate themselves to a better life. We plan to achieve this by attracting relevant films from around the world for the festival, and hold seminars, lectures and discussion sessions with senior directors, writers, critics, stars, film makers, and media professionals.

The festival plans to reach, entertain and educate the largest possible audience, regardless of religion, age, gender, skin colour, nationality, language, or culture. Cinema lovers can follow the action via the festival’s email newsletter, YouTube channel and other social media channels.