7th PFF Festival and Gala Night

7th Passion for Freedom Gala Night was a tremendous success, with hundreds queuing outside Mall Galleries on a red carpet waiting impatiently to get in, the show could not go any better.
The Gallery was saturated with awaiting and exasperation of visitors commenting the artwork, chatting away, discussing limits of freedom in art, yet waiting impatiently to learn who would become the Freedom Ambassador of 2015. That evening they were soon to learn that 2015 PFF 1st Award and People’s Choice Award was granted to Emma Elliot for The Spin-Head and The Sacred and Profane respectively. You can learn more on the awarded 2015 PFF artworks from our blog post.


Are there limits to freedom in the UK?


Tragic events, which took place in France and Denmark at the beginning of 2015, showed there are clearly more reasons than ever to highlight the importance of freedom of speech. The year 2015, in which 17 journalists and bloggers were killed, many more were sent to jail and the world heritage in Palmyra and Nineveh have been destroyed, became a litmus paper for freedom of expression in the Western world. Very soon the PFF organizer were to learn that their freedom in choosing and showing art would become seriously limited.
The controversy and blatant censorship imposed on one of the artworks and reluctance of the organizers to succumb to the outrageous conditions imposed by the gallery on them, proved that there are actually limits to the freedom in arts in the UK.


Passion for Freedom Walks Walk


Nevertheless, it is worth to remind what Douglas Murray, Spectator’s associate editor, says: “Freedom has always been defended by small number of people (…) PFF walks the walk and shows that the only way we can go forward is not to limit ourselves, not to stop ourselves speaking, not to stop ourselves doing and creating the art and literature and all the things that matter in life. And PFF id doing it and it is wonderful to see it”.

However, probably the biggest success and compliment to the PFF organizers were comments coming from all corners of the gallery; spectators kept saying that it was the first time for many of them when they saw an art which actually made them think. It was something they would not expect, at least not in such a conservative place as Mall Gallery itself!



1st Prize

Freedom Ambassador Emma Elliott for Spin – Head

2nd Prize

Dmitry IV for The Need for Freedom

2nd Prize

Ana Muscet for A Change of Air

3rd Prize

Glenn Fitzpatrick for Contextual Restriction Produces an Empty Magazine

People’s Choice

Emma Elliott for The Sacred and Profane

Freedom Hero Award

for Charlie Hebdo


This year’s nominated films are thoughtfully chosen and represent stories from 24 countries world-wide. The  spectrum of freedom is vast and shows the range of topics from censorship, blasphemy, dictatorship through girls and female situation in various countries, education, sexual harassment, to the most up-to-date events such as the rise of ISIS and assaults on freedom of expression generally, and freedom of speech particularly, in Western societies.

That is why this year’s film selection panel could not avoid but highlight the events which took place in France and Denmark. By nominating Cartoonists – Footsoldiers of Democracy, PFF bows down to all cartoonists using the international language of image to provoke discussion and check the status of freedom. By acknowledging their vital and catharsis-bringing role in every healthy society, Passion for Freedom can’t help but agree with the theme statement of the document: “Cartoon is a visual metaphor; it is not just news, it is warning”.

Passion for Freedom joins that warning and promises to remain a litmus paper of the condition of freedom in our western societies.


1st Prize

Cartoonists: Foot-soldiers of Democracy?

by Stéphanie Valloatto (France)

12 lovable lunatics, capturing the comic and tragic in all four corners of the earth: cartoonists who risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon.  

2nd Prize

Shield and Spear film

by Peter Ringbom (South Africa)


An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death threats and a massive street protest. Around this incident, Shield and Spear explores a constellation of stories about identity, art, race, and freedom of expression in South Africa, twenty years into democracy.

3rd Prize

Stronger Than Arms

by Babylon’13 (Ukraine)

Stronger than arms shows the evolution of Ukrainian realities from the spontaneous attempt to capture the administration of the President on December 1 to the bloody battles continuing today in the ruins of Donetsk airport.

Honoured mentioned movie

‘’Parvati Saves The World’’

by  Ram Devineni from USA

Special Award

Gamze Seber

for video performance “Breath”

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