Now in its fourteenth year, the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival helps dispel misperceptions about disability by screening films that portray people with disabilities living full lives. Film entries should avoid stereotypical representations. Instead, the festival seeks imaginative, multifaceted portrayals of people with disabilities.
We welcome submissions from filmmakers at all levels, including professional, independent, student, and amateur. Filmmakers of any age may enter the competition.
Films may be entered in either the documentary or non-documentary division. Documentary films provide factual accounts of a disability or a person with a disability, while non-documentary entries are fictional. Non-documentary films can be of any genre, including comedy, music video, animation, science fiction, horror, or silent film.
Awards & Prizes
The following prizes are awarded in each division.
• Grand Prize: $500 USD
• Second Place: $250 USD
• Third Place: $100 USD
The top three winning films in each category will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas during the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival October 13 - 14, 2017. The films also have a chance to win an Audience Favorite Award in their division.
Rules & Terms
Rules for Submission
Films must be received by 12:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017. The following requirements are mandatory for all submissions.
1. Each film must be between three and twenty minutes long (not including credits).
2. Each film must be submitted exclusively in .mp4 format.
3. Each film must have subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
4. The film may NOT have been previously submitted to the Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition.
5. The film must either be about, star, or be made by a person with a disability.
6 Films must not be demeaning or discriminatory or they will be disqualified from the competition
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
1. Did the film address disability in a creative and interesting way?
2. Was disability represented in a multifaceted, rather than simplistic, way?
3. Were disability stereotypes avoided?
4. How thought-provoking or challenging is this film regarding disability? This might include how informative the film is, whether it presents new ways of thinking about disability, and/or raises interesting points about it.