Deaffest to run a residential Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy for young deaf people in the summer of 2018.

Think Glee, think Fame, think Grease, think Mamma Mia, Chicago, Westside Story, La La Land… then think Deaf! This is your chance to get involved in making the FIRST EVER Deaf sign-musical film!

At Deaffest’s Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy, a team of talented young deaf actors / actresses, performers and filmmakers will team up with award-winning British Deaf professional film directors, producers, actors /actresses and performers for a full week. Together, they will create a unique, unforgettable film and in the process, the young Deaf participants will get hands-on experience of the following:

  • Filmmaking – creating a storyboard, scriptwriting, producing and plot development.
  • Editing – using a camera, operating lighting, sound mixing and editing.
  • Acting – getting into character, using facial expression and body language to bring a script to life.
  • Dance – choreography, musical expression, body language and interpretation.
  • Sign Song – interpreting song lyrics and conveying the emotion through sign language.

You can even have a go at directing! Imagine yourself in the Director’s chair, leading adult professional actors and actresses! This could be your chance to shine, helping to produce a film people will never forget.  

Academy Design 1

Taking place in Wolverhampton, from Sunday 5th August Sunday 12th August 2018, the Academy is a week-long residential experience suitable for UK-based young deaf people aged 13 – 17 years (although applications would be considered from those aged 11 and 12 years, in consultation with parents/guardians).

All supervisory and training staff will have the required DBS checks, and safeguarding measures are in place.

With all this on offer, the Academy is a place where young deaf people can be empowered and have experiences they will never forget!

Parents, if you are looking for a week-long creative summer school for your child, where they can gain direct access to training, and at the same time be inspired by some of the UK’s most successful deaf role models, then get in touch to register your interest at

Places are limited for the Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy, so do get in touch early to avoid disappointment!  

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