Press release: Young filmmakers could get their big break with Business Disability Forum event

12 March 2018

London, UK: A disability film festival held by Business Disability Forum in London this summer will see lucky students win a paid job with the production company 90seconds.

The Business Disability Forum Film Festival, which this year is sponsored by Barclays and will be hosted at KPMG’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, will showcase the best young filmmakers and their takes on what it means to be disabled in 2018.

The Festival will take place on 20 June 2018 from 3.00pm – 6.00pm.

In the lead-up to the Festival, Business Disability Forum are running a challenge for student and graduate filmmakers, with competing teams given seven days to write, produce and direct a film about disability.

The entries will be judged by a panel that includes Oliver Kent, Head of Continuing Drama Series at the BBC, as well as judges from KPMG, 90seconds and MyPlus, a network for students.

In addition to paid work with 90seconds, the aspiring filmmakers also stand to win a placement with the company 1stAveMachine, and guidance on how to succeed in the filmmaking industry. Business Disability Forum’s Partners and Strategic Alliances have also donated a range of gadgets that will be up for grabs for runners-up.

The Film Festival is being run to show businesses what the next generation of disabled people want from the world of business and work.

It aims to bring leading employers into contact with talented disabled students to give them a genuine insight into what the world of disability means today.

Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum said:

“This is the third year we’ve run the Film Festival and we’ve seen some truly brilliant films from young directors and producers that show a completely new perspective on disability and what it means to be disabled today.

“The way disabled people interact with businesses is changing quickly. Customers and employees have grown up against the backdrop of major advances in technology, as well as with strong legal protections in place. We’ve known for a long time that disabled customers can be loyal but that they will walk away from bad or inaccessible services. Increasingly we’re seeing that the same is true of employees: they will stay at workplaces that value and support them, but know they have the power to leave those that do not.

“Our “Going Places” campaign aims to promote and support the career progression of disabled people in the workplace and, importantly, that starts with the career aspirations with young disabled people. Our Film Festival aims to nurture those aspirations and provide a platform both to showcase the talent of disabled filmmakers and to highlight what the next generation – and our future workforce – wants from business.”





Notes to editors:


  1. Business Disability Forum is a world-leading membership body bringing together business and the public sector to build disability-smart organisations. BDF has more than 25 years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit:  
  2. For further information or comment from Business Disability Forum please contact Samuel Buckley