Submission deadline: 1 September 2022. See below for entry details.
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. Our Festival is currently delivered online, with each day’s programmes available for viewing over a 12-hour period, together with a timed audio-described programme and live events on Zoom. We also encourage viewing parties.
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. 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. We 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.
AWARDS 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. These are named in honour of the late artist and filmmaker Katherine Araniello.
To enter your film, please send an online viewing link (or a permanent download link; we will not view films until after the deadline) to firstname.lastname@example.org together with an image and the following information presented as the example below:
Name of film. Name of Director. Country of production. Length of film. Year of completion. Premiere status. Access status (we would usually expect films with dialogue to include English captions). Your F and D ratings if known (otherwise we can assist with this). 2-4 sentences of description. If your film is accepted, this information will form your programme entry.
Signs and Gestures. Reece Smith and Itandehui Jansen. UK. 12m. 2021. Festival Premiere. In English with English captions. FFF. DD. Florist Clara relies on smell, touch and sound. She has recently been chatting with Art student Simon through a dating app. They arrange to meet in person. However, during their first date an unexpected situation arises.
Click here to view the Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival programme.