Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

20th annual Cinema Touching Disability FIlm Festival, October 20-21, 2023, 6:30 - 10 pm, Rollins Theater

In 2023, Cinema Touching Disability takes place Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center in Austin. This year's offerings include screenings of winners and official selections of this year’s international short film competition, live music, and more!

Friday night

6:30 Pre-show music by Gretchen McMahon (lobby) and Devin Gutierrez (theater)

7:00 Program begins, with welcome by Mayor Kirk Watson

7:20 Screening of Team Everest 03 (also celebrating its 20th anniversary!)

7:40 Video tribute to Gene Rodgers & inaugural Gene Rodgers Creative Advocacy Award

7:55 "Just Can't Stop this Groovin" by Devin Gutierrez

8:00 2023 International Short Film Competition selected shorts

8:45 Intermission

9:00 2023 International Short Film Competition winners

9:30 voting for Audience Favorite

10:00 close of program

Saturday night

6:30 Pre-show music by Gretchen McMahon (lobby) and Devin Gutierrez (theater)

7:00 Program begins, welcome with the Texas Film Commission

7:10 Video tribute to Susie Angel

7:20 2023 International Short Film Competition selected shorts

7:50 Intermission

8:05 2023 International Short Film Competition winners

8:45 voting for Audience Favorite

9:00 toast to 20 years of Cinema Touching Disability, with non-alcoholic champagne and cake and music by Devin Gutierrez

10:00 close of Festival

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Cinema Touching Disability is open to the public. A $10 ticket will reserve your spot in the theater, and the price of the ticket will be reimbursed at the door! Incidental costs like parking, snacks, and drinks are not included in the ticket. If tickets sell out, we will have a wait list online and at the door.

Regarding access, the theater will have open seating, with unattached chairs on a level floor, and some tables for those who need a surface. All films will be screened with open captions, and ASL interpretation will be provided for all spoken portions of the Festival. Audio description devices will be available. For additional access requests, please contact the Festival at filmfest@txdisabilities.org or the Long Center.

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Films

The 2023 film lineup:

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The 2024 Short Film Competition is open.

Regular registration ($40) closes Apr. 5, and extended registration ($60) begins.

The final deadline is Aug. 2.

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