‘I Believe’ to be shown at the Vagabond Film Festival later this month

We have received news that ‘I Believe’ by Yolanda Adams will be screened at the Vagabond Film Festival as part of Deaf Culture into Light, a showcase of short deaf films.

Deaf Culture into Light is being organised by filmmaker Samuel Dore and you can view his video about the showcase here.

The films will be shown on Friday 27th July in Milton Keynes from 12pm to 2pm. For more information and to book your ticket, visit the festival’s website: http://www.vagabond.org.uk/deaf-culture-into-light

Young Deaffest 2019 Art Competition


Create your own character for Young Deaffest 2019

For the first time ever, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival Deaffest is looking for a new character to feature in Young Deaffest 2019.

Do you know a deaf kid with a great imagination, who loves telling stories? Could they create an amazing character to feature on the posters for Young Deaffest 2019? Enter and be in with the chance of winning a prize!

Deaffest has teamed up with Artists & Illustrators, the UK’s leading art magazine offering expert advice and inspiration for amateur and semi-professional artists, to launch an exciting art competition for UK-based young deaf people aged 11 – 16 years.

Launched in 2007, Young Deaffest is an integral part of the festival, offering an exciting programme of films, performances and workshops where young deaf people get involved, engaging in the films and arts, as well as being inspired by role models. Young Deaffest 2019 will take place at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton on Saturday 18th May 2019.

The winner of the competition will be announced prior to the festival and will see their character featured both in Deaffest and on Artists & Illustrators’ website and social media. The winning character will be featured on the big screen during Young Deaffest 2019, on the official Young Deaffest 2019’s posters displayed throughout Deaffest (17th – 19th May 2019) and in the Deaffest programme. The prize also includes a certificate and voucher worth £50, which will be presented by a surprise guest!

Runners-up will be announced at Young Deaffest 2019 on Saturday 18th May 2019 and will see their character featured on both Deaffest and Artists & Illustrators’ websites and social media, and will also receive a certificate.

How to enter:

  • The competition is open to young deaf people aged 11-16 years, who are based in the UK.
  • You must only create one character and also must create a background scene (i.e. forest, beach, buildings etc).
  • Character to be created on A4 paper in a portrait format.
  • Give a name to the character and share the story behind this character.
  • The acceptable media are 2D mediums such as painting, pencil, pastels, inks and mixed media (no photographic, digital or 3D pieces of work).
  • Entries must be submitted as hard copy/ original work.
  • Parents/guardians are required to fill in a parental consent form (download here). Entries without parental consent will not be accepted.

The competition closes at 11.59pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019.

For further details about the art competition you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter or use the hashtag #YngDeaffest19Art on social media.

If you have any queries contact us at enquiries@deaffest.co.uk.

Nottingham Film Festival 2018 Update

We asked you to vote for our videos a while ago and while I Believe didn’t get through to the final round, we’re delighted to share that the Deaffest 2017 promo has gotten through to the final round for Best Advert/Trailer at the Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival 2018.

Huge thanks to those who have voted for our videos!

The Deaffest 2017 promo will be screened this Sunday 8th July at the Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival 2018, Bulwell United Reformed Church, Broomhill Road, Nottingham NG6 9GJ.

The audience at the event will be voting for the Best Advert/Trailer so fingers crossed!

We’ll update you on the result after the event.