Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival

In 2013, the Film Fest will be held in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius from 9-12 June as part of the IHRA conference.

If you are interested in submitting a film to the 2013 Film Fest, please download the submission form. For further information please contact the Drugs & Harm Reduction Film Fest Committee at

Film Fest was first incorporated into the conference at the 15th International Conference in Melbourne, Australia in April 2004. Over 50 works from 10 countries were submitted. The event was an overwhelming success with capacity crowds at all sessions.

Now an important component of the conference program, it remains an innovative and engaging forum presenting new insights into the challenges facing harm reduction professionals world-wide.

A range of documentaries, advocacy films, training videos and fictional work relevant to reducing drug and alcohol related harms are selected for showing at Film Fest. Many films shown at the event have subsequently been used for advocacy purposes in a diverse range of countries.

Want to know more about Film Fest?

Download the Film Programs for each Festival - (downloads in right panel)

Beirut 2011

  • The response was unprecedented with over 80 films submitted. Thirty-five films from regions as diverse as Latin America, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe were selected for screening.

Liverpool 2010

  • The 2010 Film Festival Award was presented to ‘Ben: Diary of a heroin addict' (UK) by Anne Rogers, Darren Teale (Producer) and Ollie Lambert (Director) on behalf of Ben Rogers. Thirty-three films were selected to be screened from 17 countries including Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Colombia, Argentina and China.

Bangkok 2009

  • The 2009 Film Festival Award was presented to ‘A Cleaner Fix’, an IRIN film which focussed on Indonesian outreach workers – former drug users whose work includes serving the various needs of people who use drugs to minimise risk behaviours and prevent the transmission of HIV. From the 75 films submitted, 35 were selected to be screened. Overall, 21 countries were represented including – for the first time – films from Guinea Bissau, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Italy, Macau, Mexico and Georgia.

Barcelona 2008

  • The 2008 Film Festival Award was presented to ‘Harm Reduction Video: Cambodia – Injecting Drug Use’, directed by David Eberhardt and produced by Black River Films (with funding provided by the World Health Organization). Over 50 documentaries were submitted and 30 were selected to be screened from 14 different countries – from Canada to Cambodia, and Australia to Afghanistan.

Warsaw 2007

  • The 2007 Film Festival Award was won by Eugene Zaharov and Sergey Bogatyrev from Russia for their film entitled “FrontAids”.

Vancouver 2006

  • The 2006 Film Festival Award was won by Gretchen Hildebran and Leah Wolchok from the US for their film entitled “Worth Saving”.

Belfast 2005

  • The 2005 Film Festival Award was won by Maziar Bahari from Iran for the film entitled “Mohammad and the Matchmaker”.

Melbourne 2004

  • The 2004 Film Festival Award was won by Theresa Wynnyk and Sherry McKibben from Canada for their film entitled “Hi Dad”.


Burnet manages the Film Fest as part of the IHRA Conference.

Harm Reduction 2013 is organised by Harm Reduction International in conjunction with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN).

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Film Fest 2013