New web-based series in Spanish Sign Language

Introducing a new Spanish web-based series ‘Look At Me When I Talk’, a project which aims to show the breaking down of communication barriers.

Created by Idendeaf and a large team of deaf people, the light comedy series was directed by a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult).

For more information have a look here.

Available with English subtitles, you can check out the series here.

To keep updated with the news, like their Facebook page!

Local deaf charity takes top award

Zebra Access, a local Deaf-led charity based in Wolverhampton, WINS Award for Outstanding Organisation Achievement at the 2014 Signature Annual Awards ceremony Friday 10th October 2014!

Zebra Access, scooped the award in recognition for its work to ensure that deaf people enjoy equal participation and access to further education and employment without any communication barriers.

Both Directors Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich are delighted that this unique Charity has so deservedly won this award. Almost into its 10th Anniversary in 2015 one of the major projects coordinated by Zebra Access is ‘Deaffest’, an international Deaf Films and Arts Festival that showcases various talented Deaf Artists from all over the world.

Now in their sixth year, the awards, hosted by UK charity and leading awarding body in deaf communications, Signature, honour individuals, organisations and community groups that are striving to break down the barriers of communication between deaf and hearing people.

At a prestigious ceremony held at Durham Cathedral, a mixture of both deaf and hearing people saw their hard work and contributions rewarded.

 

Zebra Access was founded in 2005 by Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich, who through their hard work have improved the rights of many deaf people in their area. The charity works to deliver training courses, support various events, clubs and initiatives, and open doors to employment opportunities.

Nikki and Marilyn said: “It was an honour even to be nominated, so to actually win the Organisational Achievement award is fantastic. Everyone at Zebra Access really enjoys working with the deaf community and it’s great to see the different we are ale to make to people’s lives, by building their confidence and improving their employment opportunities.”

Jim Edwards, Signature chief executive, said: “Selecting winners across the seven categories was a very tough decision, as every nominee this year has been outstanding in their own field.

It is extremely important that organisations such as Zebra Access are publicly recognised for the vital work they do, which includes helping deaf adults find employment and bringing a hugely popular event like Deaffest to the deaf community.

“We were delighted to present the Organisational Achievement award to Nikki, Marilyn and the team in acknowledgement of their passion, hard work and commitment.”

For more information on Signature, please visit www.signature.org.uk

Young Deaffest Winner William Horsefield becomes Finalist in Mainstream Competition

William Horsefield, 19, has been recently selected as one of the five finalists in the Dream to Screen competition!

Launched by Cineworld Foundation and Media Trust with support from the Jack Petchey Foundation in May of this year, the Dream to Screen competition aims to find the UK’s brightest young film maker.  Dream to Screen is set up to give youngsters with an undiscovered filmmaking talent an opportunity to be mentored and make their way in the film industry.

“I want to be professional filmmaker because I love to see the audience enjoy watching my film.  I want to get into the film industry to find out how they made it and what makes the film a masterpiece.  I’m very honoured to work with a mentor who has a lot of experience from the film industry.  I believe the mentor will open the door for me to the new experience of film industry.” – William

William was first recognised for his filmmaking talents by Deaffest where he won the Young Deaffest Award 2013 for his film I Won’t Do That Again! and the following year won the Young Deaffest Award 2014 for his unique entertaining film The Battery Battle.  This is the first time anyone has won the Young Deaffest Award more than once!

Competing against more than 500 other young hopefuls, William’s entry has been selected as one of the top five entries by a panel of high-profile judges, including Dame Helen Mirren and BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry.

“It was an absolute joy to watch the pitches. There were many different approaches but all the applications shared a passion for their craft and I was impressed by the creative interpretations of the theme of ‘inspiration’. The five finalists will be supported and encouraged by their BAFTA mentors, who will assist them to realise their ‘Dream to Screen’” – Amanda Berry

William along with the four other finalists Onysha Collins, George O’Regan, Callum Costello and Sarah Grant will be given a £2000 budget, equipment and access to an experienced film mentor, to make a film based on the theme of ‘inspiration’.  William will be mentored by TV and multi-platform creative, Basi Akpabio, who will be helping him achieve his film Welcome to the Deaf World.

The finalists will then share their films online from the 1st September 2014 and the overall winner will be selected by a public vote.  The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in autumn and the winning film will be shown at Cineworld cinemas across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands, and also receive a trip to Hollywood organised by 20th Century Fox!

Many congratulations to William and all the best with his film!

To read more about the Dream to Screen competition, please see here.

You can follow William’s progress with his film on Facebook here and on Twitter @WTTDF_Film