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Wednesday 13 March 2024

World's Biggest Film Festival Featuring Learning-Disabled & Autistic People Comes To Brighton

Oska Bright Film Festival is back in Brighton  celebrating its 11th year, showcasing bold and boundary-breaking stories from learning disabled filmmakers from across the globe. 

From March 11-17, Brighton celebrates all that's best in disability filmmaking.

With less than 5% of disabled people working in the UK film industry, Oska Bright Film Festival is driven to make change happen.

The first films that represent the 14 strands, genres, style and energy of the festival have also been announced.
BFI London Film Festival favourite This is Going to be Big is this year's Opening Night Gala on March 11th. 

Matthew Hellett, Head Programmer, Oska Bright Film Festival, says: 

"We are so excited to be back with another edition. We're packing more than ever into this edition: four feature films and over a hundred shorts from across the globe. 

"The festival gets better and better each time, and we can't wait to share these incredible stories with everyone. And the festival won't just be in Brighton, we'll be working with 7 venues across the UK to bring Oska Bright to more people. 

"There's something for everyone, with stories that will excite you, shock you, make you laugh, cry and think."

Thomas Charles Hyland's humorous and heart-warming coming-of-age story follows a school of teenagers living with disabilities as they share their dreams, desires and confront their personal challenges, as they prepare for their high school musical where they will perform John Farnham's hit You're the Voice.
This year's Closing Night coincidently falls on St Patrick's Day with Irish ceilidh. 

The festival's Documentary Strand comes to the fore with nine short films, including three from Reel Ireland (Blue Teapot Strand) with Enquire Within, Prophecy and My Light Will Blind You. Sandstone and Concrete, Down Home, Twin Link, Time and Space, Skate Spectrum and Angel Meadow: The Forgotten Genesis make up the rest.
Nicholas Pinnock (The Book of Clarence, For Life) stars in ASA (Family Values Strand), which will be celebrating its World Premiere. 

Asa (newcomer André Tamakloet) is struggling with the loss of his mum and his ability to articulate those feelings, instead finding solace in his toy robots, while his sister Rachel (Tillie Amartey) does much the same with old videos. 

Their father John (Pinnock) becomes increasingly frustrated with his inability to communicate with either of them.

One day, Asa spots a delivery robot trundling past their house and his obsession with robots leads him in pursuit. 

John and Rachel begin a panicked search to find him, and more importantly, find a way to reconnect.
Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, The Girl with all the Gifts) stars alongside Bethany Asher (The Undateables) in chilling drama-short The Cunning (Wild Women Strand) from director Alexandra Maher

It's 1724. A mother and daughter are accused of witchcraft

Together, they hatch an ambitious plan for escape. The tiniest mistake, however, will result in certain death.
Unscarfed (Entbandung) (Animation Strand), is director Anita Bruneburg's animation about three humans who serve a giantess in a giant-ruled land. 
The Holiday Maker (Animation), from Harry G. Mead, follows a young woman named Emily. 

She can't financially afford to go on her dream holiday and decides to build a miniature model wonderland of her desired destinations. 

As Emily constructs her holiday in her kitchen using her model making talents, will her miniature creations fully emulate the real world locations she is unable to travel to?
Dead Silent (Love Won't Tear Us Apart Strand) see's 29 year-old Liam blind-sided when, out of nowhere, his best mate Jack commits suicide. 

But you've gotta push on. Suck it up. Stay strong. Yeah, never mind that it feels like you're drowning on the inside and your nice, stable life has never felt so dark…Nah. Liam's fine.
A Tale of Swords and Smoke (Other Worlds) is a short, fantasy adventure film. The film follows two young adventurers, who find themselves on the trail of a fire-breathing dragon.
Dead Cat Film (Wild Women) sees a young woman become increasingly attached to the taxidermied corpse of her housemate's cat. 
The 14 strands for this year's festival are:
Best of the Fest
Family Value
Love Won't Tear Us Apart
Other Worlds
Portrait of the Artist
Queer Freedom
Sound and Vision
Blue Teapot
Wild Women
Young People/Emerging Talent
Oska Bright Festival runs from March 11th- March 17th 2024. For more information on the festival head to Buy your tickets here:

by: Mike Cobley


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