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Deaffest - Deaf Film & Television Festival


Festival presentation: 

Deaffest, the Deaf Film and Television Festival, celebrates the talents of Deaf filmmakers and media artists and takes place at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. The weekend of festivities includes screenings of films produced by Deaf filmmakers from around the world and Young Deaffest showcasing young Deaf filmmakers, and plenty of panel discussions, networking opportunities and social events. Deaffest 2010 will be the twelfth festival to be held in Wolverhampton since 1998. Deaffest aims to nurture new talent in the Deaf community and showcase the work of Deaf filmmakers and producers to a wider audience.

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Art-house films
British Films
European Films
Student films
Digital / DVD
Music video
Short films
Student film
Video / TV
Festival Info
Price info: 
Admission to majority of festival free
Next Festival Dates: 
05/21/2010 - 05/23/2010
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Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Submission accepted on 
Film call for entry start day: 
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Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
Marcella Stratton
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Press Contact Name: 
Lindsay Wiggin
Festival Press Contact Email: 

Since 1998, Wolverhampton's Light House has hosted the annual Deaf Film and TV Festival. Originally a collaboration with the BDA, the festival took a hiatus in 2005 and was re-launched in 2006 as Deaffest with Zebra Uno, an innovative 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 and nurturing Deaf talent. The festival is managed by a steering group including representatives from Zebra Uno, Light House, University of Wolverhampton and draws upon the expertise of the Deaffest Network; a sub-committee of 10 Deaf media artists. Light House is a media centre specialising in film, video, photography and creative media with a programme of film screenings and festivals, media training, video and multimedia production, enterprise development, photographic exhibition, education, media projects and events. Zebra Uno have successfully delivered media training for Deaf people in the UK and provided Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language Training to businesses for the past 4 years. Zebra Uno directors Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Bueno Del Carpio have industry experience, Nikki presenting Channel 4's Vee TV programme and Marilyn as BSL Consultant for the programme. Nikki Stratton's appearance on TV has given her sufficient recognition throughout the Deaf Community, which led Nikki to win the UK's Best Female TV Presenter Award at Remark! Film and TV Awards in November 2005. Recently, Zebra-Uno worked in partnership with Bantock House Museum in Wolverhampton introducing a British Sign Language-based PDA guide, as well as ensuring greater online accessibility, with visitor information available in BSL on the museum's website. As a result of this Zebra Uno won the Jodi Award 2007 for Excellence in Accessible Technology.

We want the Festival to represent Deaf production and work presenting Deaf issues as widely as possible. So the Festival will include feature films and work transmitted on television as well as children's films, students' work and new productions from emerging talent. So if you have any material you would like considered for the Festival or know anyone else who has, please contact us. 

Festival Organization
c/o Zebra Uno, Creative Industries Centre
fest adr2: 
Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive
Zip code: 
WV10 9TG
United Kingdom
01902 716055


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