Our 2019 Film Festival 10 day challenge winners

This year we asked students and graduates to make a film about disablity in just in 10 days. For this challenge we asked them to create a video themed around "Identity through the lens of disability, what does that mean to you?"

The best of these short films took centre stage at our Business Disability Forum Film Festival on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at KPMG where we announced our first,second and third place winners.

Our winners!

1st place - winners

Film: Same Difference
Group: Wolf Pack
Students:  Samuel Ash and William Horsefield 
University: University of Wolverhampton
Course: BA Hons in Film and Television Production
What was the idea behind this film?

Samuel: "I am a filmmaker coming from a big Deaf family and involved in Deaf community. I have a passion for filmmaking and photography. I just finished my three year course and will graduate this September. I found out about this festival through William Horsefield in 2017 who worked with me, this will be the third time in a row we have entered! The competition gives us an opportunity to share our experience and to raise awareness through our best skills - video.

"We decided to make a documentary to show our experience, who we are and our identity. We want to show it positively and that we can do anything. When we were thinking of ideas, we realised that we have achieved a lot in our life so we want to show that. It was great to reflect from my experience related to my deafness, culture, and community and what I have achieved in my life so far, so we want to convey in the film positively and show that Deaf people are able to achieve anything they desire."

2nd place

Film: ‘IV (Four)’
Group: JRZ
Students: Zoe Norgrove, Ritesh Vara and John Ford
University: Staffordshire University
Course: Animation and advertising film/music video production/Digital Film Making
Tell us what the film is about:

“The festival is a great opportunity to stretch our creativity and convey our own personal messages in regards to disability. The inspiration for ‘IV (Four)” came from personal experiences when looking at identity.

"It becomes so easy to doubt yourself and become defined by your disability rather than your own personality traits. We thought that it was best to show this from the perspective of someone with OCD as it made it more relatable to ourselves so we could really throw ourselves into it."

3rd place

Film: ‘No Guesses Found

Group ELK Medium

Students: Georgie Cubin and Jane Leggat 

University: University of Central Lancashire/Lancaster University.

Course: film production/film and sociology

Why did you enter the film competition?

"We most prominently wanted to convey the ways that dyslexia effects many people in many different ways, there is no universal experience of disability”

"We are a filmmaking team, we have worked together on almost 10 completed short films - with many more in the pipeline. This year we began to submit films to festivals for the first time. Georgie heard about the film festival through her Social Issues film module at uni. We entered because the focus and themes of 'No Guesses Found' seemed incredibly well suited to the Film Festival. We also submitted the film because we believe it's important to get this kind of representation, which is largely ignored in other media, to as big an audience as possible in the hopes that it will positively benefit others.

"The inspiration for the film was our own personal experiences with dyslexia, and our desire to fill the gap in representation of this specific learning difficulty (SpLD). Also, we really wanted to make an experimental documentary, which explored this issue in both its content and construction. With 'No Guesses Found' we most prominently wanted to convey the ways that dyslexia effects many people in many different ways, there is no universal experience of disability.”

Highly commended films:

Magdalena Stahrova - Unique

Valentina Catenacci - The only way


Diane Lightfoot, CEO Business Disability Forum said 

“The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high. I have no doubt that for all these talented young film makers this is just the start and I look forward to seeing what they all go on to achieve in the years ahead. If you want to know what it is like to live with a disability, then watch these films. You may be surprised.”

Business Disability Forum would like to thank our host, sponsors and donors:

An image of a film screen with text thanking our listed sponsors

Amazon, 90 Seconds, Microsoft, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and KPMG.

With special thanks to 1st Avenue Machine and Flare Studio.

Keep an eye out for our competition next year!

Meanwhile, do check our events section for more exciting things to attend!