Our mission is to explore innovative strategies that promote inclusivity in classrooms, communities, workplaces, and other settings and to lift up human-centered stories of inclusivity through juried programming of top-tier films from around the world.

We aim to increase awareness about the human-centered successes achieved when creating inclusive environments in education, communities, and workplaces. We acknowledge that issues related to social justice exist, specifically in a lack of accessible and equitable opportunities for people with disabilities. These films serve as a springboard for discussion, advocacy, and change, particularly in relation to inclusive education. We are particularly interested in films that showcase unique stories of inclusive initiatives, practices, efforts, and advocacy.

Western Colorado University's Communication Arts/Film Department is proud to bring you this event.

The Dis/Ability Film Festival will have several screenings in the late summer/fall months and potentially beyond to showcase our 5th Annual Dis/Ability Film Festival.

Following our in-person film festival launch, we will potentially host a virtual film festival with details to be determined.

We are interested in offering travel to the beautiful Gunnison Valley as a reward for select filmmakers to visit Western Colorado University to participate in our film festival activities. Wish us luck!

The subject matter of your film MUST be related to a person or persons with a disability and/or a person or persons that are involved with EDUCATING, ADVOCATING, supporting, or serving a person or persons with a disability. We are seeking films with incredible stories, both big and small, related to inclusive spaces within education, communities, workplaces, and beyond. Please note that we will not program films where a neurotypical or non-disabled actor is portraying a person that is intended to be read by an audience as non-neurotypical or disabled.

Overall Rating
  • Fueye Films

    Very good all, thank you very much.

    July 2021
  • The festival embraced our documentary "Talk with Us" with utmost admiration and the selection of films was very rich and varied. The fact they included high-quality films directed by people with disabilities made for an authentic festival. Besides the online festival, our film was also shown in the Western Colorado University and the Museum of Art of Aspen, which was a great bonus!

    July 2021
  • Fajrian Fajrian

    Really appreciate for festival organiser . They keep doing this festival on line. Keep the good work

    June 2020
  • A wonderful festival. I was so proud to participate in it and the organisation and organisers of the event were second to none. Thank you

    June 2020
  • Kylie Walter

    This was fantastic experience (especially as a first-time filmmaker)! Even with the festival being online this year, I felt as though my work was valued by many. I am impressed with communication, creativity, thoughtfulness and inclusivity that went into this fest! Thank you Tara and Jack!

    June 2020