Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival

Together! 2018 Disability Film FestivalThe seventh annual Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival takes place from 7-9 December at the Old Town Hall Stratford, screening films by Deaf/Disabled filmmakers and films with a strong central Deaf/Disabled character. The Festival is FREE – we even serve you free drinks and snacks – and open to all. For more information about the Together! 2018 Film Festival, click here. To see the full programme with links to online versions of the films where these are available, click here. To download an A4 6-page programme in PDF format click here, or for Word format click here. For an explanation of our new D-rating film classification system, click here.

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graphic of a wheelchair user holding a camcorderTHURSDAY 6 & FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER 2018:
11am-4pm daily (arrive from 10.30am): Audio-description Workshop for Filmmakers with Michael Achtman from Film Pro, Director Raina Haig and Together! 2012 CIC Chair Julie Newman: Why should audio-description be embedded in the filmmaking process by filmmakers, and how? A practical workshop led by professional filmmakers and audio-describers. Filmmakers are encouraged to bring examples of their work to include; filmmakers whose work is being screened at the festival will also have an opportunity to try live audio-description. All Saints Church (training rooms), Church Street, Stratford E15 3HU. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible, with taxi ranks outside). Street parking with Pay & Display (free for Blue Badge holders). Bus routes include: 101, 104, 300, 474.

At the Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ (see below for further venue details).

Filming David Proud’s The Alarm by 104 Films

FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER 2018 Doors open 6pm: World Premiere of feature documentary The Social Model with 104 Films, followed by a Q&A session. The Social Model is a feature documentary looking at how Disabled people are portrayed as victims, villains or martyrs in film and television, and how non-disabled filmmakers and actors have exploited negative depictions of impairment to win awards and gain stardom. The film examines the emerging grassroots Disability Film movement in the UK and how Disabled people are fighting back against outdated and outmoded portrayals of disability.

The UK Premiere of Hearing is Believing on Saturday 8 December at 6pm  celebrates the 2018 Disability History Month theme of Music.

12pm: What Next? Opportunities for Disabled Filmmakers with Josic Cadoret from Film London/BFI, who will be discussing the BFI Network Short Film and Early Development Funds, and David Proud who will explain how 104 Films supports Disabled Filmmakers. Lunch included. BSL interpretation.

1.45pm: ARTISTS FILMS & VIDEOS Enjoy a wide range of new films by and about Disabled artists, including Jemima Hughes, Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi, Chris Tally Evans, Violetta Liszka, films from Different Voices 2 and Shadowlight Artists and highlights from SuperFest in San Francisco.
3.15pm: ANIMATE! The best of new animation from Disabled filmmakers, including the UK Premiere of Corina Duyn’s Poilin’s Travels with M.E., contributions from Jemima Hughes, Shadowlight Artists, Different Voices 2 and BFI Film Academy, and highlights from the Oskar Bright film festival.
4.15pm: DANCE Dance films and documentaries, including the World Premiere of Joel Morrison’s I Bake and films from Paul Marshall, Shadowlight Artists and Different Voices 2.
5pm: COMEDY: Deaf Funny 2 New comedy from the UK’s best Deaf actors, produced by BSL Zone.
6pm: UK Premiere of Hearing is Believing, a new feature documentary from award-winning producer/director Lorenzo DeStefano about the emerging international young musician and composer Rachel Flowers from the US. The screening celebrates this year’s Disability History Month theme of Music, and highlights the talents of Disabled women musicians in a musical world where performance opportunities still go overwhelmingly to men.


The UK premiere of Vesna Marich’s To Watch the Truth in the Eyes, about Bosnia Herzegovina, will be screened in Focus on the World on Sunday 9 December 2018 from 12pm.

12pm: FOCUS ON THE WORLD To celebrate International Day of Disabled People, this programme of new short films highlights the lives and activism of Disabled people from around the world including Africa, Bosnia Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, New Zealand and Bolivia. The screening is supported by Inclusion London, ADD International and Disabled People Against the Cuts. Lunch included.
3.15pm: SHORT DOCS New stories by and about Disabled people from the US and UK by Tom Dwyer, Lauren La Rose, Susan Cairns, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Ella Bee Glendining, Ognjen Cvetinovic and highlights from SuperFest in San Francisco.
4.45pm: SHORT DRAMAS Enjoy new dramas and comedies from emerging and mid-career Disabled filmmakers including Stuart Quinn, Ella Bee Glendining, Ted Evans, Kelly Turnbull and BFI Film Academy.
6pm: FREAKS. The Festival concludes with the 1930s classic Tod Browning’s Freaks, shown here to mark the Circus 250 anniversary and Disability History Month. For 18+s only.

Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark and cross straight through the centre (the Old Town Hall is opposite the far entrance). Click here for further details and images.