The co-founders of Reel - Fin, John and Rob - are in the rare and very fortunate position of being great friends first, and film festival partners second.
They first met while travelling across India - and it was actually while reflecting upon their experience there (filming, but without structure and support) that Reel was born.
They wanted to build an environment where adventure could be used as a catalyst for creative freedom and building a real sense of community amongst likeminded people.
The first ever Reel event took place in 2016, and since then has continued to grow steadily with the support of amazing partners and friends of the organisation.
Almost one hundred filmmakers have now taken part in the challenge, and the team are looking forward to the many exciting things still to come!
"It’s a unique festival in the sense that the organisers clearly have absolute love for the event, the participants and the films.
It filters down through the entire challenge, which makes it feel totally different to other festivals.
You see first hand how hard they work behind the scenes... and there's a real family vibe."
Reel is all about creating opportunity. Whether that's the opportunity to make something, be inspired by new places, grow as an individual, meet new people, develop your career, or something else. We encourage people to 'take the leap'.
It's important to us that Reel is open to as broad an audience as possible. We're very proud that each year we welcome participants from minority and under-represented groups, and we work hard to ensure that openness and equality is an intrinsic component of what we do.
We really believe in the power of collaboration - especially in this industry! Reel is a thriving community of ambitious, diverse, talented and like-minded filmmakers, and we're immensely proud of all the amazing things that our alumni go on to achieve after Reel.
Fin O'Sullivan, John Grigg and Rob Prince are the founders and directors of The Reel Challenge. They're the driving force behind it, and lead the event together each year.
The Reel Team
In addition, there's a growing team of fantastic alumni and judges who contribute to the running of the organisation, for whom we are very grateful indeed!
The alumni community as a whole is a huge part of what we're about at Reel. Many alumni now work with each other in their day jobs and organise creative projects outside of Reel.
Partners and Friends of Reel
And finally there's all the people who lend us their support, whether officially (our amazing partners and sponsors) or unofficially (the many people who help us out simply because they believe in the same things we do.
If you would like to buy a ticket, have questions, or would like to speak to someone about your place on the challenge, please contact and someone will be in touch within 48 hours to help you.
Sponsors and Partners
If you would like to talk to someone about a partnership please email Rob at or call +44 7759 907 523.