Unique festival promotes work by filmmakers who have a disability


BACI has co-producer’s role in Wide Angle Media Festival
Monday December 19, 2011 — Deb Bartlett

The producer of B.C.’s first film festival for filmmakers who have a disability is excited that Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) and posAbilities are helping Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture “continue on our cutting-edge path of promoting and screening and curating artists with disabilities.”

S. Siobhan McCarthy says Wide Angle Media (WAM) Festival, the first disability media festival to be held in B.C., is a great opportunity for the filmmakers to have their art presented.

What makes the festival unique is it screens films by filmmakers with a disability, not with subject matter about disability, says Siobhan.

She is artistic director of Kickstart and an independent producer.

WAM will be held March 22-25 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver.

“It’s about honing and encouraging and creating an opportunity for filmmakers with a disability to utilize their voice and their space,” says Siobhan.

Calls were put out for five films by filmmakers with a disability. They are in the pre-production and production stages. The commissioned works will be launched during WAM.

Siobhan says there is a national and international call out for other films to be screened.

Staff members from BACI are organizing the event‘s gala, which will be held March 23.

Other activities planned for the week include daily public screenings, a family animation day, master classes for artists, which will be held at the National Film Board of Canada office.

There will be some career components to the festival, in which filmmakers who have a disability will be introduced to funders.

Siobhan says Canada Council has created a new funding stream for artists who have a disability, and she is hopeful they’ll host a grant-writing workshop for artists, so they can make connections, and not “blindly” knock on doors.

The rest of the workshop topics will be finalized once it’s determined what filmmakers want to learn.

For more information on WAM, click here.

To comment on this story, contact Deb at 800-294-0051, ext. 30, or e-mail deb(at)axiomnews.ca.


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