Another stunning sunny day! As is traditional the Deaffest and Media teams arrived early for a relaxed and humorous review of the weekend’s events, accompanied by the much anticipated bacon sandwiches from Lock Works Café. The ever faithful media volunteers joined in with valuable input and observations, one being how many people had recognized the talents and potential of Young Deaffest winner William Horsefield. Another subject of discussion was how useful the new Deaffest App had been for users. Launched just before the festival weekend, the app had provided visitors with all the information they needed to get the most out of their Deaffest experience. It was decided that one of the most useful facilities on the app was the alerts. These reminded users of film screening times or event and activity start times, ensuring people were aware and didn’t miss out on anything.
Jas Kapur, Light House Projectionist and Deaffest super hero was hard at work as usual, but this didn’t stop him from joining the happy circle all discussing the weekend. Jas always, without fail gives 100% effort for Deaffest. His expertise, professionalism and experience are further enhanced by his unique personality. Nothing is too much trouble for Jas, anything is possible! Deaf staff and visitors can be sure there will be no barriers when Jas is around.
There was a holiday atmosphere as visitors who had stayed over turned up with their luggage in tow, to catch a few more films or have a farewell coffee with friends on the courtyard before departing for home.
Film screenings commenced at 10am with short films from around the world: Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK. This year there has also been an increase in films from the USA. Deaffest must be making its mark out there! The Young Deaffest films were shown in full, followed by the free subtitled screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, kindly donated by Disney.
As viewers exited the cinema at the end of the film they were glad to see the weather still warm and bright. After final farewells people were seen walking out into the sun, making their way back to their different lives either in the UK, Europe, or further afield. Deaffest is proud to be able to bring all these people together year after year.
THANK YOU to everyone who made Deaffest 2014 such a wonderful event! See you all next year for Deaffest’s 10th Anniversary…
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 May 2015!