Deaffest

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Deaffest, is the UK’s only Deaf-led film and television festival, which celebrates the talents of Deaf filmmakers and media artists from all over the world.[1] It is hosted by Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. It is one of two festivals hosted by Light House, the other of which is Flip Animation Festival.

History[edit]

Since 1998, Wolverhampton’s Light House has hosted the annual Deaf Film and TV Festival. Originally a collaboration with the British Deaf Association (BDA), the festival took a hiatus in 2005 and was re-launched in 2006 as Deaffest with Zebra Uno, a company specialising in Deaf media and Communication solutions, at the helm. Deaffest has since built up a national and international reputation as a Deaf-led festival that places great emphasis on showcasing films from Deaf filmmakers to a wider audience and nurturing Deaf talent. Deaffest 2010 was the twelfth festival to be held in Wolverhampton since 1998.[2] The festival is managed by a steering group including representatives from Zebra Uno, Light House and University of Wolverhampton.

Deaffest 2010[edit]

Deaffest 2010 took place on the 21-23 May.[3]

The award winners for Deaffest 2010 were:

  • Best In Festival:
Departure Lounge - Louis Neethling
  • Ben Steiner Bursary:
Stephen Collins - His pitch for the film Luke Starr

Deaffest 2010 was made up of the following…

  • A selection of short films from Encounters International Film Festival specially subtitled for Deaffest 2010.
  • An insight into the BSLBT and a screening of some of the short films they have screened.
  • International Deaf films from Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore, Bulgaria, Australia, Finland and France.
  • Pitching sessions from the hopefuls for this year’s Ben Steiner Bursary and a chance to see the winning film from last year’s Bursary, Dead Money by Bim Ajadi.
  • Award for the Best in Festival presented on the Saturday night of the festival.
  • Face painting and balloon fun for families and an information fair from local and national organisations.
  • A free subtitled screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.[4][5]

Deaffest 2009[edit]

The award winners for Deaffest 2009 were:

  • Best TV Programme:
Wicked Series 2 Prog 1 - Ramon Woolfe, UK, 2009
  • Best Experimental Film:
The Deaf Man - Dir. DJ Kurs, USA, 2007
  • Best Factual Film:
See Hear: The Deaf Brain - 2009
  • 8 Best Drama:
Stiletto - Dir. William Mager, UK, 2008 [6]

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