A powerful new film, featuring people from a Bolton homelessness charity, has won a bronze award at the ‘Oscars’ of charity film.

‘An Introduction to Emmaus North West’ is an inspirational film highlighting the work of Emmaus Bolton and other Emmaus communities across the region.

Emmaus Bolton provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness.

People supported by the charity took part in the film alongside volunteers and other members of the Emmaus Bolton team.

And now, the film has secured a top three position in the Longform ‘People’s Choice’ category of the Charity Film Awards, thanks in part to votes from the public.

Director of Emmaus Bolton, Tony Stephenson, said: “It takes a lot of courage for people to share their personal stories, so we would like to thank those people who are part of Emmaus who participated in this film.

“We’re grateful to everyone who voted in the Charity Film Awards and the filmmakers for creating such a powerful depiction of our charity.

“Thank you to those of you who have watched our new Emmaus film so far.

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“I would urge anyone who hasn’t seen this already to watch on the Emmaus Bolton website to find out more about the work we do to help people who have lost their homes and other people facing hardship.” 

The film was commissioned by the partnership of seven Emmaus communities in the North West.

Award-winning photographic duo Photography by Anderson assisted to produce the film, having previously worked with the charity to create a short film in 2021. 

Since the creation of the Charity Film Awards in 2017, more than 3,000 charities have entered and benefitted – by raising awareness of their causes and boosting exposure, volunteer numbers and much-needed donations.

The seventh iteration of the Charity Film Awards took place on the United Nations International Day of Happiness, at The Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square, London. 

To watch the full-length film, head to https://emmaus.org.uk/bolton/about-us/.

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