The Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival is now open for entries, screening films by Deaf/Disabled filmmakers and films with a strong central Deaf/Disabled character. We usually screen films no more than 18 months after completion, but this year we are extending the call to any qualifying film that did not get its fair share of attention in the past.
Our priority is to provide a platform for strong storytelling, highlighting the lived experiences of Deaf/Disabled people from diverse backgrounds, and the talents of community, emerging and mid-career Deaf/Disabled filmmakers. Filmmakers do not need to identify as disabled themselves if Disabled people or Disability are the subject of the film. Deaf/Disabled filmmakers can submit work on any subject. Many of our films are world or international premieres, and go on to festivals worldwide. We also collaborate to cross-programme films with festivals including Oska Bright, SuperFest, Kynnskino and Little Wing and with BSL Zone.
We give Kat Awards for Best First Film, Best Animation, Best Dance Film, Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Film in a Language other than English, Best Accessible Film and Lifetime Achievement. We also use our own ‘D’ rating system – one D each for a Deaf/Disabled (self-defined) person generating the film’s content, taking overall lead in making the film, and being the focus or star(s) of the film, working with or without support.
In order to extend access we always offer a virtual festival in addition to the screenings in East London, republishing the programme on the opening night with links to films that are available online. We anticipate this year’s festival being entirely virtual, using the Together! 2012 TV live-streaming facilities. We are therefore adding a number of opportunities for filmmakers to connect with each other and audiences via Zoom and other virtual events – if you have specific suggestions for events linked to your film or for an event you would like to see take place, please include these with your submission.
In order to enter, use the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a viewing link and the following information (which is used in the programme if successful):
Name of film; name of director; country of origin; date completed; length; premiere status; short description; publicly available link for online viewing if available; access availability (English captions, audio-description, sign language).
NB: Please substitute the above with your information rather than adding to it. So for example How I See. Catherine Colbourne. UK. 2019. 3:02. Premiere. Using sound and manipulated video, Catherine Colbourne shares the way she views the world. Available to watch free online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PrY6VRIbY&feature=youtu.be No Dialogue. Audio-described with Visual Guide available.