Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF)
Event on 2015-12-03 00:00:00
The inaugural Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is the first disability film festival in Atlantic Canada and will take place in Halifax on December 3, 2015, the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Festival will feature screenings and workshops throughout the day including a gala awards screening of selected competition shorts in the evening with filmmakers and special guests in attendance.
The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) will also have a youth component, BAFF-Youth (BAFFY) aimed at students and filmmaker ages 12-24. This program will feature a film competition as well as screenings of films from around the world aimed at a youth audience.
“BAFF is dedicated to providing a cultural voice to both youth and adults living with disability.” said reachAbility CEO, Tova Sherman “Currently about 1 in 4 Atlantic Canadians identify as disabled and we think it’s important to discuss these issues and put their stories up onto the screen”
About the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival:
BAFF is the first Atlantic Canadian disability film festival. It provides the best in films to an audience underserved by the current culture of film festivals. A permanent addition to the cultural calendar BAFF aims to be the Canadian leader in disability focused arts and culture. Dedicated to showcasing juried films as well as promoting youth (first-time filmmakers) participation. Screenings showcase cutting-edge films that portray disability culture in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets.
The festival aims to encourage greater participation of persons with disabilities in a media event that honors and celebrates the unique contributions of the growing disability arts and culture movement. Additionally, by presenting BAFF-Youth (BAFFY), BAFF’s exclusive youth division, the festival is able to engage and encourage youth from ages 12-24 to break the stigma. This exciting and important stream will feature youth from diverse backgrounds and communities participating by submitting films from all genres. Film and multimedia production is a growing and significant component of today's positive youth development. Research continues to demonstrate that when teenage youth are trained in filmmaking and given an opportunity to present their works to an audience, important things happen: like increased self-esteem, identity exploration and reinforcement, creative expression, and empowerment.
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