Screenability program returns to the 65th Sydney Film Festival, News

Screenability program returns to the 65th Sydney Film Festival

The 65th Sydney Film Festival announced the return of Screenability, an exciting platform for screen practitioners with disability, in partnership with Create NSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Screenability will showcase six cutting edge works at this year’s 6-17 June Festival – with documentary film The Sign for Love and Stuttering – My Constant Companion and short films Broken, Intimate Encounters 20 Years On, Tip of My Tongue, and To Know Him – all made by filmmakers with disability.

Attending the Festival to introduce their films will be: Australian filmmakers with disability Stevie Cruz-Martin (Broken), Dieter Knierim (Intimate Encounters 20 Years On), and Samia Halabi (Tip Of My Tongue), and Israeli filmmakers with disability Elad Cohen and Iris Ben Moshe (The Sign for Love), and Austria’s Birgit Gohlke and Petra Nickel (Stuttering – My Constant Companion).

These guests will also discuss opportunities for filmmakers with disability at a Meet the Filmmakers session at AFTRS (Saturday 16 June, 4:15pm). All Screenability filmmaker introductions and Q&As will be Auslan interpreted.

For the second year, the Festival maintains its inclusion policy, with audio described and open captioned screenings, and a relaxed screening (Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, 1:00pm on 17 June) to complement the Festival’s program, which includes over 80 English-subtitled films.

Screenability at the Sydney Film Festival is part of a suite of initiatives by Create NSW designed to boost the participation of under-represented groups in the screen industry. The focus of Screenability is to grow participation with a wide range of industry professionals, showcasing films by filmmakers with disability in a festival context.


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