advancing artists’ moving image


Watch Nazarbazi

From hundreds of hours of footage across a gamut of post-revolution Iranian cinema, Maryam Tafakory distils a haunting twenty-minute collage which highlights how subtle and resourceful Iranian film-makers have been in suggesting powerful moments of intimacy without recourse to the act of touch.


The Michael O'Pray Prize 2021: Apply Now

The Michael O’Pray Prize is an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. The prize is open to all early-career writers based in the UK and is free to apply to. 


Watch MU/T/T/ER

Tracing the minutiae of her familiar domestic space, Heller's MU/T/T/ER (2021) considers the intimacies and intricacies of inherited language in a poetic meditation on selfhood and belonging.


Sutapa Biswas, Lumen on tour

Sutapa Biswas' Lumen premieres in a major survey exhibition of her work at BALTIC, Gateshead, 26 June 2021 - 20 March 2022, touring to: Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Autograph, London; and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.


Film and Video Umbrella makes moving-image works by artists. For three decades FVU has led the way in championing new creative talent and promoting innovative ideas. During that time we have commissioned many of the foremost figures in the field, working in close collaboration with a diverse range of venues, nationally and internationally. Browse our project page to find out more and view clips of the works.  


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Amartey Golding, Bring Me To Heal 

Drawing upon ancient histories, myth, storytelling and craft, ‘Bring Me To Heal’ follows a nomadic character who we see wandering the museum after hours. Coming across an ornate knotted garment made from human hair, he witnesses the birth of an elemental deity-like figure.

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TRANSMISSIONS: episode 4 by not/nowhere

The Fourth episode of TRANSMISSIONS will be by not/nowhere broadcasting on Wednesday 16th June.  TRANSMISSIONS is an online platform established in 2020 that commissions artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format.

Broadcasting 16th June 9PM BST on

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IWOW: I Walk on Water, Khalik Allah

The new diary film from New York-based director and photographer Khalik Allah returns to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, the same intersection at which Allah has based much of his work in recent years.

In virtual cinemas and on demand from 26 February 2021

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