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01-Apr-2015 5:10pm PDT  

 

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition

12 Annual November 06, 2015 to November 07, 2015

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Non-Documentary
Non-documentary entries are fictional and can be of any genre, including comedy, music video, animation, historical fiction, science fiction, horror, and even silent film.
Documentary
A documentary film reports a factual account of a disability or a person with a disability.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival continually serves as a unique and entertaining way of dispelling common misperceptions about disability by featuring movies that show people with disabilities living full and productive lives. These films all highlight the person with a disability, rather than his or her disability.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The focus of Cinema touching disability is people, not disability. The central theme of this festival is how people with disabilities live, not how disability determines their lifestyle. Cinema Touching disability highlights films featuring people with a disability who are actively living a life rather than passively submitting to a disabling condition.


The short film competition is your opportunity to share your view of disability with the Cinema Touching Disability audience. We want interesting, imaginative, and creative representations of disability on film. All filmmakers, including professional, independent, amateur, secondary level, and university students are encouraged to submit their own representations of disability to this competition.


Each entry must meet the following requirements to be considered:
Must be received by 12:00am Friday, September 25, 2015.
2. Must be between 3 and 20 minutes long (not including credits).
3. Must be submitted exclusively in .mp4 format.
4. Must have subtitles for the deaf.
5. Must NOT have been previously submitted to the Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition.
6. Must either be about, star, or be made by a person with a disability.
7. Must not be either demeaning or discriminatory about disability or people with disabilities.

Your film must have subtitles or it will not qualify. The dialogue and sounds in a film need to be represented in an alternative format for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Entries will be judged by the following criteria:


How creative was the representation of disability?
How original was the representation of disability?
How well were disability stereotypes avoided or countered?
How thought provoking or challenging is this film regarding disability? This might include how informative the film is, whether it presented new ways of thinking about disability, and/or raised interesting points about it.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I give the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) permission to display my film(s), excerpts from my film(s), or images taken from my film(s) at the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. 2) I give the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities permission to use images or excerpts from my film in promotional material for the festival including television and radio interviews, press releases and on social media. This permission is exclusively for the promotion of the 2015 Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. 4) I affirm that I have signed releases from all actors (or their legal guardians) in my film(s) and I will produce them at the request of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.

Please note: If your entry is selected as a Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition winner, a W9 or tax identification form from you will be required. We will provide directions for completing this documentation upon notification of your award. In addition, Paypal is our preferred method of sending winners their prize money. Please submit the email linked to your Paypal account when you submit your film. Alternatively, prize money will be sent to the address provided at registration via USPS. Please also note that we will make checks out to an individual, but not an entity.

ORGANIZERS
Ellen Whittier ; Erika Lawn

GENERAL RULES
To be considered, an entry must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be received by 12:00am Friday, September 11, 2015.
2. Must be between 3 and 20 minutes long (not including credits).
3. Must be submitted in .mp4 format. No other formats will be accepted.
4. Must be subtitled in English for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
5. Must NOT have been previously submitted to the Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition.
6. Must either be about, star, or be made by a person with a disability.
7. Entries that are demeaning or discriminatory will not be considered.

Entries will be judged by the following criteria:
How creative was the representation of disability?
How original was the representation of disability?
How well were disability stereotypes avoided or countered?
How thought provoking or challenging is this film regarding disability? This might include how informative the film is, whether it presented new ways of thinking about disability, and/or raised interesting points about it.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1) I give the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) permission to display my film(s), excerpts from my film(s), or images taken from my film(s) at the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. 2) I give the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities permission to use images or excerpts from my film in promotional material for the festival including television and radio interviews, press releases and on social media. This permission is exclusively for the promotion of the 2015 Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival. 4) I affirm that I have signed releases from all actors (or their legal guardians) in my film(s) and I will produce them at the request of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. Please note: If your entry is selected as a Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition winner, your award will be sent to the address you provide at registration via USPS. Please also note that we prefer to make checks out to an individual, rather than an entity. Finally, a W9 or tax identification form from you will be required. We will provide directions for completing this documentation upon notification of your award.