The 2020 Programme

More details about UNBROKEN 2020 will be coming soon – please keep an eye on this page…

In the meantime, you can find out more about our earlier festivals by visiting the Previous Festivals page, reading the feedback left by participants and audience members alike, and talking a look at the photos in the Gallery!

2020 Short Film Prize

We have now selected our 2020 shortlisted films!

Click here to watch and vote for your favourite

Click here for more information about the Short Film Prize.

2021 Showcase

Due to the COVID pandemic the next UNBROKEN Showcase will now take place in May 2021, when we will hopefully be able to gather together safely again.

We will open for submissions in January 2021. 

Click here for more information.


We were very sad to have to postpone the wonderful Unbroken Festival & Short Film Prize this spring, particularly at such a difficult time, when more people than ever could benefit from some extra support with their mental health.   It was particularly disappointing in the case of a new event for 2020: Music On Your Mind – an evening of songs from the world of musicals, pop, and elsewhere, each with a connection to the many issues surrounding mental health, and all complemented by some evocative readings on the same subject.

The beginning of April marked the initial Unbroken Short Film Prize submissions deadline (it has now been extended until August), and the final festival event was originally due to take place on May 30th.  We did not want to let these dates – and UK National Mental Health Awareness week, from 18th-24th May – pass by unnoticed.  

Therefore, in an effort to mark the original festival period and to offer a little entertainment and support to those in need of it, we are now asking you to let us know which songs, poems, or readings have given you particular comfort or inspiration in isolation and why?  We would also be delighted if anyone would like to write something about their own experience of – or feelings about – the current situation and share that with us, too.

Our cast members will then record clips of themselves performing a variety of these song suggestions and readings, along with some of the pieces that were part of the original Music on Your Mind programme.  (Alternatively, if you would like to send us clips of you performing your chosen songs, poems, or readings yourself, we’d love to see those as well!*)  Over the coming weeks, we will post these clips on our social media channels, together with useful helplines and festival information etc

Please send your suggestions or clips to us via Facebook (comment below the post on our Facebook page), Twitter (tweet us at @unbrokenfest, using the hashtag #MOYM) or Instagram (either comment below the main post on our account @unbrokenfest, or tag us in your own post and use the hashtags #UnbrokenFest, #UnbrokenFilms, #MusicOnYourMind, #MOYM).  

We can’t wait to hear from you – and to share some inspiration and comfort with everyone over the coming weeks.  Stay safe and well in the meantime. 😊


We will continue updating this page with a list of the suggestions we have received, links to the performances and information about each of them…


Bridge of Troubled Water (song)

God Help the Outcasts (song) 

Come to the Edge by Christopher Logue (poem)

We’ll Meet Again by Dame Vera Lynn (song)

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver (poem)

Nessun Dorma (song)  


Giusy Pappalardo 

Emma King-Farlow

Ruth Brandt

Amy Floyd

Jane Bolger

Gary Bolger

#UnbrokenFest  ~  #UnbrokenFilms  ~  #MusicOnYourMind

* By sending these clips in to us, you are giving your consent for us to post them on our website and social media channels.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to post all clips that we receive.