2021 Lost Reel Short Film Showcase

Aug. 16 - Sept. 15, virtual
Tickets & more


Sept. 11 Filmmaker Q&A!
We closed the Lost Reel Short Film Showcase with 2 films that explore very different relationships between people with disabilities and their families—Upside and Salting the Fly—and a chat with the directors, Jim McMorrow and Craig Mooneyham! Recording coming soon.

Aug. 17 Kick Off Q&A!

We kicked off the Lost Reel with 2 films that look at art and disability acceptance—Casual Terms and Alternative Way of Being Human—and a chat with the directors, Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen & Morgan Tipping. View the recording.


Alternative Way of Being Human

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

Autism Voices #2

Dir. Joy Harrison
A funny, touching and insightful film, created by a group of young autistic people to explore and challenge some of the misrepresentations around autism in their own words.

Casual Terms

Dir. Morgan Tipping
A sensory hullabaloo that explores the perspectives of neuro and mobility diverse creators of an alternative art school at a historic English workhouse.

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.

Mary, Quite Contrary

Dir. Meagan Arnold
A young girl living with a rare form of epilepsy finds resilience.


Dir. Cedric Hill
2020 CTDFF Winner! 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.

Salting the Fly

Dir. Craig Mooneyham & Jacob Reynolds
2020 CTDFF Winner! With time against them, an autistic teen and his older brother struggle to connect as an unthinkable fate approaches.

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.

The Silent Ride

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

A Touching Sight

Dir. Alberto Amoretti
A gallery exhibition created for a blind audience gives to sighted visitors the chance to develop a new approach to art shows.


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.

Thanks to our Sponsors!


Superior Healthplan

United Healthcare


Amerigroup Foundation


CDS in Texas



Hart Intercivic


PhRMA Research Progress Hope


Secure Democracy


Touch of CLASS

Submit to the Film Festival

Click to submit with FilmFreeway

The 2024 Short Film Competition is open.

Late registration ($80) is open now!

The final deadline is June 7.

Film Fest Newsletter

Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date with the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition.

Subscribe to CTDFF News

Current issue: Thank you, William Greer!