We hope you’ve purchased your tickets for the Deaffest Film & TV Gala this weekend and if you haven’t there are still some left- book online now! The red carpet Gala event returns with awards for Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Experimental and Best TV Programme. Our host for the evening will be Deaf British – Australian filmmaker Nadia Nadarajah who has worked as a presenter for BSLBT programmes ‘Wicked’ and ‘Snapshot’. In 2010, she won the award for Best Young Director at the 5th International Disability Film Festival Awards.
She is currently writing and directing her first short film, All Day in 2010. The romantic comedy depicts the writer’s own experience. In 2010, she won the award for Best Young Director at the 5th International Disability Film Festival Awards, held in Russia. Since July of 2009, Nadia has regularly appeared as a TV presenter for programmes ‘Wicked’ and ‘Snapshot’. The programmes are in collaboration with the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT), set up in 2008 with the sole aim of producing TV programmes in BSL.
Back in London where she currently resides, Nadia has given regular Art lectures at the Royal Academy of Art, and the Tate Modern. She also teaches BSL at the Deaf-led Company, Remark! in conjunction with the Training Division, and has now been teaching for over 12 years.
There will also be live dance performances alongside entertainment from sign language performer Ace Seyed-Ali Mahbaz, who has been touring Europe and comes to Deaffest for the first time to perform ‘Danke’ [Thank You] and ‘Zeit schnell um’ [Time Fast].