Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival was created to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages, nations, and identities to connect, share and gain a greater understanding of disability culture and awareness through the arts. Every year we come together to celebrate and showcase a spectrum of voices unique to peoples living with disabilities by creating a platform that extends throughout our community and across the world. The arts allow people to explore, portray and capture their views and lived experiences in accessible ways, regardless of the medium. We extend an invitation to participants of all kinds: those who identify as persons living with disabilities, friends, and families of those facing challenges or barriers in regards to mental or physical health, through to whoever else has a message to share - we want to hear from you.
Over the years we have received over 2000 submissions from over 80 countries worldwide! Join us in this international celebration of disability culture. As part of our expanded partnership with Halifax International Airport Authority and the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, selected BAAFF films are screened to over 1,000,000 people!
FEES AND DEADLINES:
Fees for all category entries are $5. If you cannot pay the fee, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can accommodate you.
- Films must be made by, star or be about individuals with disabilities or mental illness.
- Films must be submitted to the appropriate category or will not be considered.
All films are viewed and reviewed by our programmers. While we encourage everybody to make and submit their best films, your film will be forwarded to the jury only if it meets the following criteria :
1). Your film is entered in the correct category.
2). Your film must contribute to the understanding and/or culture of disability/diversity.
3). Your film contains unique and original elements such as narrative, storyline, music, perspective, continuity etc.
All entries are viewed and chosen by our team - final selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival.
Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Programming Committee prior to the opening of the Festival.
The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe-keeping of all films submitted for consideration, however, the Filmmaker assumes all risk of loss or damage. The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. Submission of your application will constitute acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decisions of the Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival shall be final. The Filmmaker releases reachAbility Association, The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, its Officers, Directors and all other employees and representatives, from any and all claims relating in any way to your application or the submission of materials to this festival by or on behalf of the Filmmaker