We screen films by Deaf/Disabled filmmakers and films with a strong central Deaf/Disabled character - we have developed the 'D' system in response to Bath Film Festival's 'F' system to highlight the contributions of Disabled people. 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. 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. We welcome filmmakers to join us at the festival, and do all we can to facilitate networking. The Festival is FREE – we even serve free drinks and snacks – and open to all.
The Kat Awards were introduced in 2019 and are offered 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.
Films must be submitted in the requested format, accompanied by a link for viewing and the following information which is used in the programme if successful:
Name of film; name of director; country of origin; date completed; premiere status; length; short description; publicly available link for online viewing if available; access availability (English captions, audio-description, sign language).