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The Other Film Festival

The next festival will be held in 2018, so stay tuned for updates about the festival program and film submissions!

Audience at the session I Am Woman Hear Me Roar. Photography Piper Huynh

The Other Film festival had a very successful 2016. The festival ran from Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 September, at State Library Victoria, in the Experimedia space. During these three days 32 films were screened, including 10 short films made by local emerging filmmakers with disability. The program had 11 sessions, including screenings, panel discussions, talks and Q&A sessions with a total of 18 speakers, 17 of whom identified as having a disability.

The Other Film Festival received 157 submissions from 37 countries. The festival screened 32 Australian and international films. There were 11 sessions featuring screenings, talks, panels and Q & A sessions.

In 2016 the festival established new exciting partnerships with Melbourne Fringe Festival and State Library Victoria, with The Other Film Festival being programmed as part of the Fringe Festival, and State Library Victoria hosting the festival in Experimedia.

The festival delivered exemplary standards of access, with Auslan interpreters provided for all sessions and captioning and audio describing provided for each of the 32 films screened. Live captioning and live audio description were provided for the opening night. The venue was fully physically accessible, including the stage.
A new Festival Director was appointed in 2015, with Mija Gwyn taking on the role, becoming the first Festival Director who is a Deaf person or a person with lived experience of disability. The screening program was entirely curated by people with disability and Deaf people. In all screenings, talks, panels and workshops the festival emphasised the voice and leadership of people with disability and Deaf people, ensuring integrity as the festival upheld the adage ‘nothing about us without us’. Of the 18 speakers at the festival, 17 were people with a disability, demonstrating that the festival is a driving force in the campaign for disability leadership.

The festival then not only abided by, but exceeded the recommendations of the National Arts and Disability Strategy, the letter and spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act, and by the values of social justice articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of People with Disability.

Read the full final report (PDF) for the 2016 festival.


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The Other Film Festival is supported by the Australian Government.
Public Partners City of Melbourne, Film Victoria and Screen Australia
Festival Partners Melbourne Fringe Festival and State Library Victoria
Festival Supporters US Embassy, Ericsson Australia, Vicdeaf, Word of Mouth Technology & Turquoise iAuslan
Arts Access Victoria gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Human Services