Monday, 29 June 2015 15:36

Don’t DIS my ABILITY film festival

Access All Areas Film Festival Access All Areas Film Festival Source: Access All Areas

Is your council committed to accessibility for people from all walks of life?

Part of the NSW Government’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, the Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) is a free film festival that aims to promote awareness about accessible cinema.

Run by award-winning non-profit company The Festivalists, the festival will take place during November in the lead up to International Day of People with a Disability on December 3, 2015.

Access All Areas is encouraging councils and community venues to get involved in this very worthwhile event.

All films are screened with open captions for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and have optional audio description features, for people who are blind, or have low vision.

Started in 2008, the festival is now in its 8th year, and each edition brings new Australian-made short films across NSW and nationally, featuring more than 80 screenings at accessible cinemas, schools, community centres and disability groups.

All films are suitable for a variety of ages, from young children to young teens, from parents to seniors, for people with and without a disability.


Hosting a screening is easy and absolutely free. Access All Areas will send councils a comprehensive host-a-film-festival kit.

What councils get:

• The Access All Areas Short Film Program: 2 hours’ worth of the best new Australian-made short films, from bite-sized comedies to animations. All the rights have been cleared with filmmakers.

• A marketing kit including templates for a press release, tips on promoting the screening, high‐res images from the films, a customizable poster/flyer art work, and a sample speech to read out at the event.

• Councils are welcome to host as many screenings as they like.


What councils commit to:

• Holding the screening(s) between November and December 2015.

• Finding and booking a screening venue. We urge councils to ensure that their venue is fully accessible.

• Promoting the event to the local community with a particular focus on people with a disability.

• Showing the AAAFF sponsors reel (a chapter included in the DVD) at the start of the screening, and displaying a few flyers from AAAFF’s partners.

• Producing the event.

• Sending AAAFF a feedback form and some photos within a week of the event.

For more information, or to register visit the Access All Areas Film Festival website.

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