It’s been a while since our last post but we are back, with plenty of exciting news to share!
Directors of Deaffest, Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich have been busy, even with the office being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep an eye on our website and social media to see what they have been up to!
Deaffest 2019 returned and left in style with a variety of international artists showcasing their amazing talents for the theme: ‘ Share Your Story‘.
View the Winners of Deaffest 7th Film & TV Awards 2019.
At Young Deaffest 2019, we announced 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for the Art Competition, view the top fifteen entries here. And Young Deaffest 2019 Film Award went to ‘Bad Girl’ produced by young people from a deaf school in the Czech Republic.
We would like to say a big thank you to those involved for supporting Deaffest 2019.
The festival was supposed to take place this year but due to the pandemic it has been postponed to next year. Manda is one of the volunteers for the CMD and thought it would be a good idea to raise money for the festival by setting up a Crowdfunding page. The event took place on 24th July at her home whilst adhering to COVID-19 rules. Co-Founder and Director of Deaffest Marilyn Willrich was the first person to cut Manda’s hair followed by Manda’s wife who got to work with the clippers!
The event has raised £1,178 in total – brilliant! Big thanks to Manda for her efforts and also thanks to those who have donated towards the festival. Your support is very much appreciated!
We will keep you posted about the date of the next CMD.
(Photos above by Jackie Bryant and photo on left by Marilyn Willrich)
Deaffest Co-Founder and Director Nikki Stratton attended the annual conference This Way Upon 4th December 2019 to give a presentation about marketing to D/deaf audiences.
The 6th edition conference took place at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham and was delivered by Film Hub North and Film Hub Scotland as part of the BFI Film Audience Network. Running under the theme of Celebration, Resilience and the Future, the two-day conference was an opportunity where film exhibitors could get together to connect, get involved in discussions and share experiences.
In Nikki’s presentation, she talked about how to market events to a D/deaf audience and gave advice and tips. We hope those who attended the event gained further awareness of how they can engage with D/deaf audiences more effectively.
“Thank you TWU for inviting me. It was a really positive experience where I could network and learn from other film artists/organisations about their work – this got me thinking about other ways of exposing Deaf Films to a wider audience. Showcasing and promoting professional Deaf films is of utmost importance to Deaffest and ensures that film screenings go beyond the Deaf World.” – Co-Founder and Director of Deaffest Nikki Stratton.
The next This Way Up conference will take place from 1st to 3rd December 2020 and will be presented as a digital edition.