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Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

Film Fest logo. A blue handy man leaning forward holds a green video camera. The wheel of his wheelchair forms the C in the phrase Cinema Touching Disability.

November 6-7, 2015
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757 (map)

The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is proud to host the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition. This annual event shines a spotlight on films that positively and accurately represent disability. The festival continually serves as a unique and entertaining way of dispelling common misperceptions about disability.

The date and location for the 12th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition are set! We'll be returning to the Alamo Drafthouse Village the first weekend of November, 2015. Stay in touch as we determine this year's features: follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to Cinema Touching Disability News, our monthly e-newsletter (it's free)!

Attn. Filmmakers: our international Short Film Competition is now accepting entries!

Cinema Touching Disability Founder and Coordinator William Greer (left) and actor Aaron Beelner, star of 2014 Film Festival feature, The Little Tin Man.
Two men sit in a vinyl booth in front of a colorfully painted wall.

After eleven successful years, Cinema Touching Disability maintains its status as the top cinematic celebration of disability in the state. The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, the Austin Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities, the Texas Film Commission, the Austin Film Society and many others have praised and recognized the festival's mission and success. The Short Film Competition provides an opportunity for independent filmmakers from around the world to screen their own films about disability, from documentaries to animated shorts to the avant-garde.

In 2014, artists with disabilities took center stage at Cinema Touching Disability! Co-hosted by VSA Texas, Friday night opened with a one-of-a-kind performance by the mixed ability dance project Body Shift. Then, we got wheelchair ballroom dancing fix with date-night movie Musical Chairs. The fun continued Saturday with hit webseries My Gimpy Life, introduced via Skype by creator and star Teal Sherer! We closed our event with critically acclaimed The Little Tin Man, with star Aaron Beelner (pictured above with Film Festival Director William Greer) in person! Plus, as always, our audience enjoyed the best in disability short films from around the world as we screened our Short Film Competition finalists!

Read more about the history of the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition.


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