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2019 IDPWD Film Festival

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December, 2019

Petersham Town Hall, Petersham, Sydney

Friday from 6pm: Cocktail Party | Comedy Debate | Feature Film

Friday from 7pm: Screen Industry Panel | Short Films

A weekend of totally FREE films, music and live performance will set the Inner West of Sydney buzzing on the first weekend in December to mark this year’s International Day of People With Disability.

Be captivated by breakout Irish feature film Sanctuary, feel the rhythm with jazz trio Blue Notes, and laugh out loud as a hilarious comedy debate questions ‘Are people with disability inspirational?’

Then follow up with a night of great local and international short films plus an industry panel on casting and crewing people with disability.



Let’s come together, support and elevate the voices of people with disability at this uniquely inclusive and accessible event at the Petersham Town Hall. Our vision is to model inclusive practice, to build a space where diversity is valued and thrives. A place of ideas, to share stories and collective experience through a celebration of film and discussion. We hope this will become a signature annual event for the Inner West that will influence local cinemas and creative venues to become more inclusive all the time.

This will be a celebration of film that is accessible for the whole community to experience. We will have audio descriptions, Auslan interpreters, closed captions, accessible seating that is not up the back, all assistance animals will be welcome, risers, lowered counters, and a quiets zone during the films.

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Comedy Debate | Fri 6 Dec, 6pm

Join seven local comedians, performers, writers and directors for a hilarious and thought-provoking comedy debate as they tackle the thorny question of ‘Are people with disability inspirational?’ What kind of role models can people with disability be? Is there a place for inspiration porn? And do people with disability have super powers or are they just super boring like everyone else? Leading theatre director Anthea Williams will moderate the line-up of debaters which includes award-winning writer Gayle Kennedy, comedians Jamal Adbul and Frida Deguise, theatre/filmmaker Emily Dash, Midnight Feast performer Steve Simao, and Deaf Australia Chairperson and renowned raconteur Todd Wright.

Screen Industry Panel: Reel Representation In the Arts | Sat 7 Dec, 7pm

Australia’s screen industry is becoming increasingly aware of how authentic representation of people with disability can help improve how audiences engage with programming and content. This panel of industry experts will examine the creative and cultural benefits of having people with disability on screen and behind the scenes, plus what career pathways exist for actors and filmmakers with disability. Moderated by disability activist and educator Yasmin Farhart, the panel includes actor Chris Bunton, theatre/filmmaker Emily Dash, Create NSW Screen Sector Investment Manager Sofya Gollan and AFTRS Engagement Co-ordinator Gary Paramanathan. AFTRS will also be giving away a lucky door prize of a FREE AFTRS short course!