2010 Short Film Competition

Emerging Division

1st PlaceMother's Bane (dir. Jason Jakaitis)
Mothersbane is a personal documentary that explores the filmmaker’s ambivalent relationship to his mother’s physical disabilities and chronicles his attempts to be at peace with her suffering and disfigurement. Learn more about Mother's Bane

still from Deaf Mugger
A man in black clothes and cap signs vigorously to a woman who seems taken aback.

2nd Place: Deaf Mugger (dir. William Mager)
A deaf mugger uses his Access To Work assistance funds to hire an assistant to interpret while he commits his crimes. Learn more & view Deaf Mugger

3rd PlaceLet Me In (dir. Ray Jacobs)
Four learning disabled adults are comfortable spending time in their own homes when suddenly there is a knock on the door. These brilliantly surreal and evocative stories were created by the learning disabled artists themselves and include visits by a beautiful barmaid, a riot squad, and a horse! The stories are inter-woven to produce a poignant and funny animation. Members of Arty Party worked together to visualize, perform, devise, make music and draw their stories. Learn more & view Let Me In

Scholastic Division

1st Place: Seeing through the Lens
Three young women share the experiences of being blind, staying friends, and telling stories through filmmaking. This film was made by students from Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts. View Seeing through the Lens

2nd Place: Yakety Yak Music Video (dir. Rachel Williams)
A music video about a teenager who is told to clean his room before he can play music with his friend. This video was made by and stars people with disabilities.

3rd Place: The Pirate and the Mermaid
A pirate and a mermaid meet at sea and fall in love, but trouble looms when they decide to get married and return to dry land. This film was made by high school students with learning disabilities. View The Pirate and the Mermaid

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