Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival

Colour photograph of awards trophies.The Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival takes place online again this year, from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 December 2021, and is now open for entries. Read on for more details and how to apply.

The Together! Disability Film Festival screens films by Deaf/Disabled filmmakers and films with a strong central Deaf/Disabled character. Most of the films we screen will have been completed in the last 12-18 months, and many are premieres. 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, although opportunities for this have been limited since the pandemic. 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.

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.

To enter, email film@together2012.org.uk with an online viewing link, one or two still images from the film and the following information (if your film is still being completed, enter now with as much information as possible and explain on the entry): 

  • Name of Film
  • Name of Director
  • Country of origin
  • Year of completion
  • Length
  • Premiere status (where it has been screened before).
  • A paragraph describing the content.
  • Accessibility – does the film have English captions / audio-description / Sign Language interpretation?
  • Details of existing public online availability (if any).

If your film is accepted, this information will be used in the programme in the format below:

Ho.Me. Carolina Bergonzoni. Canada. 2019. 7:52. UK Premiere. Ho.Me is a short dance film that explores themes of belonging, comfort and discomfort in relation to the notion of inhabiting the body. Audio-description; no dialogue. Also available to watch free here: https://youtu.be/u2ecO0qwVYw