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Monday 18 December 2017

Amy's dad opens recovery film fest

amy Winehouse's father Mitch (inset) is to open a new festival where film-makers will share stories of recovery from substance misuse.

Mitch, the founder of drugs and alcohol charity the Amy Winehouse Foundation, will launch the first Recovery Street Film Festival in London this month.

Earlier this year, people who have been affected by addiction were asked to submit a three-minute film into a competition focusing on the challenges of recovery.

One winner will be announced at the launch event to receive €1,300 worth of film-related training and prizes. Qualifying films will also be available to view online.

Mitch said: "Since the creation of the Amy Winehouse Foundation our lives have been touched by the wonderful examples of human endeavour exhibited by those who have battled with and overcome addiction".

Addiction Recovery Street Film Festival has been organised by a consortium of addiction treatment providers.

Rosanna O'Connor, director of alcohol, drugs and tobacco at Public Health England, said: "The passion, energy and determination of the recovery community never fails to amaze us, and they are our greatest asset in spreading the word that recovery is possible for everyone.

"This film festival will help to show that we should all have high ambitions for what people can achieve as they overcome their addiction."

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