2020 Short Film Competition

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Thank you to our 2020 Short Film Competition Judges!

2020 Documentary Division Winners

1st Place: PEOPLE LIKE ME

Dir. Marrock Sedgewick
A film about autism acceptance told from the hands of nonspeaking autistic people.

2nd Place: SIGN AT ALL TIMES: A FILM ABOUT BRIAN ESTRADA

Dir. Andrew Leibman
A young skateboarder overcomes his personal adversity to find pride in his identity.

3rd Place & Audience Favorite: CHOOSING TO BE A GOOD FRIEND

Dir. Denise Schamens
In the spirit of creating "nothing about us without us," director Denise Schamens puts eight neurodivergent students at the center of this autism acceptance film, six of whom tell their own stories of living with autism. Three other friends and siblings offer their perspectives. All 12- to 16-year-old participants use their own language, which makes these personal accounts authentic platforms on which to build rich discussions about neurodiversity, bullying, and social emotional expression with other middle school students.

Finalists

ALTERNATIVE WAY OF BEING HUMAN

Dir. Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
State Prize awarded disability artist and activist Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is passionately building sculptures from used assistive devices.

AUTISM VOICES 2

Dir. Joy Harrison
Short film exploring and challenging some of the misrepresentations around Autism. This was created by 12 young people who each experience Autism in their own unique way. Using drama, play & improvisation we explored idea's together during our four day drama workshop. From this we created our script to express how they felt about the various stereo types around what it is to be Autistic. Using the medium of film we produced what we wanted to say from their perspective. This is a heart warming, funny touching and insightful glance at the world as seen through the prism of Autism.

ILL, ACTUALLY

Dir. Zoë Hunter Gordon
A short documentary exploring the challenges of being young and chronically ill in a carefully curated online culture. A real life "superhero," a YouTuber, and a camgirl explain why they choose to share—or hide—their chronic illnesses online. Online you can be anyone: why be ill?

THE MAN OF THE TREES

Dir. Andrea Trivero
Daniel Balima is a senior horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town in Burkina Faso. Daniel as a child falls ill with polio and, although growing without the use of his legs, he is able to follow his father in the family nursery, walking on his hands. In over fifty years of activity he has given life to more than a million trees and this is what is most important for Daniel

NOTHING DOWN ABOUT IT

Dir. Skyler DeYoung
Film follows Paul, a 25-year-old with Down syndrome from Cologne, Germany through work, life, and love. Extraordinary is in his DNA.

THE SILENT RIDE

Dir. Yue Yuan
A deaf delivery rider ventures into the hearing world in Weifang, a third-tier city in eastern China.

SPIDERMAN AND HIS SISTER

Dir. Geoff Groberg
A man with cerebral palsy is supported by his sister as he works toward his dream of obtaining a professional Spiderman costume.

A TOUCHING SIGHT

Dir. Alberto Amoretti
The different purposes of the extraordinary exhibition by Josef and Anni Albers: VIBE - Voyage inside a blind experience. The tactile approach allows the audience to “see” a visual image through other senses and vice versa, expanding and challenging the notion of art fruition and aesthetic experience.

2020 Non-documentary Division Winners

1st Place & Audience Favorite: SALTING THE FLY

Dir. Craig Mooneyham & Jacob Reynolds
With a precarious fate approaching, Danny, an autistic teenager, and his older brother David perform a familiar childhood ritual to lighten the gravity of their plight. As time runs out, however, the brothers must leave their childhood behind to confront family demons, challenge futile beliefs, and transcend communication barriers to find solace amidst their crumbling world.

2nd Place: NOISY

Dir. Cedric Hill
Sam gets on the subway to get home. He catches the eye of April. The two of them discover they have way more in common than where they’re heading. Sometimes you need a noisy place to have a quiet conversation.

3rd Place: UPSIDE

Dir. Jim McMorrow
Based on a true story. Stephen, a young man with Down’s Syndrome, wishes to break free from his caring but over-protective mother and celebrate his 18th birthday in the way that he chooses.

Finalists

CASUAL TERMS

Dir. Morgan Tipping
From July 2019 - January 2020 Morgan Tipping co-created The Factory alternative art school with 180 neurodiverse and mobility diverse children, young people, and adults from across Nottinghamshire at The Workhouse, Southwell. The Factory curriculum foregrounded social relationships, experimental processes and sought to disrupt the biopolitical way that power was encoded into social practices in the past and influence people in the present. Casual Terms is a video installation and film where we hear how Workhouses, colonial domestic servility, and indentured labour formed a ‘complete system’ that not only trapped human cargo in the past, but maintains inequality and precarity in the present.

END OF THE ROPE

Dir. Sibel Guvenc
A sci-fi drama about an injured dancer's journey towards self-empowerment that powerfully engages with questions of creativity, desire, sexual harassment, disability and the lures and limits of new AI technologies.

HAPPY APOCALYPSE

Dir. Saeed Pourali
At the end of the last world war, a family wants to escape.

HUMAN HEARTS

Dir. Breeana Humble
Bullied for her differences, a determined young ballerina with cerebral palsy braves the stage only to be confronted by her greatest fear.

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