Shortlisted films for Deaffest 2019 Film & TV Awards

 

 

 

Hedy and Heidi: The Lost Sister | Dir. Jason Roberts, USA, 2017

The internet-famous duo Hedy and Heidi make their way to the big screen in this delightful comedy. Follow Hedy’s epic cross-country adventure in search of her sister, Heidi. In typical Hedy fashion, she gets herself into a variety of downright silly situations. Will Hedy manage to reconnect with the sister she’s long dreamed of?

Reverberations | Dir. Samuel Dore, UK, 2018

In 2167, a fascist Government uses advances in gene therapy to eradicate Deafness and create a perfect society. A young Deaf time traveller is sent to the present to meet the inventor of the cure and change her mind before it’s too late.

To Know Him | Dir. Ted Evans, UK, 2018

To lay the man she loves to rest, Sarah has to encounter his estranged father, John and overcome a barrier far greater than language. Two worlds, Deaf and Hearing collide in this powerful emotional drama.

 

 

 

Ava | Dir. William Grint, UK, 2019

A babysitter takes over for the night with some unexpected consequences.

The Future Is Dead | Dir. Phoebe Capewell, UK, 2018

Phoebe’s final graduation show film is titled ‘The Future is Dead’, it is an art piece inspired by the Black Mirror series that focuses on ‘techno-paranoia’ portrayed in dystopian fiction. The Future is Dead was filmed in Paris, France and relies on the effects of psychogeography and mental health issues that society has to suffer.

Where I Belong | Dir. Rosie Benn, UK, 2017

A short film about feeling like an outsider in your own family, who speak a different language.

 

 

 

 

 

A Date Without Barriers | Dir. Christoph Kopal, Austria, 2017

This film is about a date with three people: a woman, her Austrian Sign Language interpreter and a man. In other words, a date with 3 people in spoken and sign language. In order to be able to fully appreciate the situation of people who are deaf, the film is silent and completely subtitled. A visual and fully accessible date – from beginning to end.


Deafening Darkness | 
Dir. Mark Trifunovic, Canada, 2017

A brave Deaf woman searching for her missing friend encounters a mysterious alien from another world, struggling to come to terms with its traumatic past…

Deafening Darkness is a collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers, in the first all-Deaf cast psychological horror of its kind to come out of Toronto!

This is Ed!! | Dir. Bob Hiltermann, USA, 2017

This is Ed!!, is a light-hearted comedy based on a true story, illustrating that the difficulties two deaf friends have communicating with each other, can have a humorous side.

In the summer of 1973, Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out before an important date. A hilarious conversation ensues as a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated body hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy’s predicament which only leads to frustration for Ed until he reaches breaking point.

 

 

 

Dachaligh | Home | Dir. Will Clark, Scotland, 2019

We follow Lucy’s journey from England to Scotland in search of a new future and a place to call home.  Finding a home is a journey. Home can be a place or a feeling, it is something inside us that makes us feel alive. This documentary explores these issues.

Deaf Child | Dir. Alex de Ronde, Netherlands, 2017

Deaf Child is a coming of age film by Alex de Ronde in which he portrays the life of his son, a charismatic young man who happens to be deaf. The film follows Tobias from the cradle to the present day through archive material and other personal footage.

Dot | Dir. Bim Ajadi, UK, 2018

A drama-documentary about the life of Deaf poet, civil rights activist and pioneer, Dorothy (Dot) Miles. Dot’s close friends and family share their memories of her – her legacy, work and the challenges she faced including her tragic battle with bi-polar disorder. Performances from Jean St Clair, Sophie Stone, Jovita Bodamer-Macgregor.

 

 

 

Ants Don’t Speak but They Work Together | Dir. Nikhil Chalakh, India, 2018

This film is an insight into the world of a boy who is a daydreamer. He is deaf and mute and has a special relationship with nature. The boy comes to admire the unity among ants. He saves some of them from being crushed. The film talks about his relationship with the ants & ends on a cumulative note.

Dumbass | Dir. Alexander Darby, UK, 2019

This music video is about a teacher who forces deaf people to use oral communication rather than communicate with their hands at school. Deaf people should be proud to use sign language to communicate.

The Dreamer |  Dir. Erik Akervall, Sweden, 2018

She’s strong. She’s thick skinned. She’s a dreamer.

The Gingerbread Witch | Dir. Paul Miller, UK, 2019

Young twins, Anders (deaf) and Aurora (hearing) share a very special bond. They come from an old Scottish mystical village called Oban, which can be described as rural and impoverished. The village people are kind but have very little to spare. Without any explanation, children from the village have been disappearing for generations. One day, the twins happen to find themselves at the centre of the mystery, when they come across an enchanted artefact, but will this help with their adventure…? Can they solve the mystery? And will the strength of their special bond defy the odds?

 

 

 

Deaf Funny 3 | Dir. Charlie Swinbourne, UK, 2018

The first television Deaf sketch comedy sees the return of old favourites – the cowboy interpreter, Deaf hugger and some new characters. Humour based on the everyday lives of Deaf people.

Floating Sauna |  Dir. Erik Akervall, Sweden, 2019

Floating Sauna is a unique talk-show where a selection of deaf, international guests meet our host Erik Akervall. The goal of this show is to break taboos, and to exhibit different destinies and experiences.

 

See Hear on Tour 2 – Tel Aviv | Dir. Sebastian Cunliffe, UK, 2019

Nadeem Islam visits the city of Tel Aviv, also known as the Miami of the Middle East. Wandering the sunny boulevards and beaches with his deaf Israeli guide, Omer, they take in the beautiful Bauhaus architecture and a show at the famous Nalaga’at theatre of the deafblind. Nadeem has a Muslim background, and Omer is Israeli – will they discuss the issue of Israel and Palestine?
Nadeem also takes on a couple of deaf volleyball champions, meets a deaf Holocaust survivor, learns the Israeli alphabet, and joins Tel Aviv’s Pride march – one of the largest in the world!

Small World Series 2 Episode 3 | Dir. Louis Neethling, UK, 2018

With Graham back from Wales and Laura concentrating on her pop career, Chris discovers his inner Deafhood. Ryan is forced to fight a pizza and Graham must battle the powers of the one they call ‘Shiny’.

 

 

 

Bim Ajadi | Dot, UK, 2018

A drama-documentary about the life of Deaf poet, civil rights activist and pioneer, Dorothy (Dot) Miles. Dot’s close friends and family share their memories of her – her legacy, work and the challenges she faced including her tragic battle with bi-polar disorder. Performances from Jean St Clair, Sophie Stone, Jovita Bodamer-Macgregor.

Bob Hiltermann | This is Ed!!, USA, 2017

This is Ed!!, is a light-hearted comedy based on a true story, illustrating that the difficulties two deaf friends have communicating with each other, can have a humorous side.

In the summer of 1973, Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out before an important date. A hilarious conversation ensues as a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated body hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy’s predicament which only leads to frustration for Ed until he reaches breaking point.

Erik Akervall | The Dreamer, Sweden, 2018

She’s strong. She’s thick skinned. She’s a dreamer.

Ted Evans | To Know Him, UK, 2018

To lay the man she loves to rest, Sarah has to encounter his estranged father, John and overcome a barrier far greater than language. Two worlds, Deaf and Hearing collide in this powerful emotional drama.

 

 

 

Bob Hiltermann | This is Ed!!, USA, 2017

This is Ed!!, is a light-hearted comedy based on a true story, illustrating that the difficulties two deaf friends have communicating with each other, can have a humorous side.

In the summer of 1973, Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out before an important date. A hilarious conversation ensues as a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated body hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy’s predicament which only leads to frustration for Ed until he reaches breaking point.

Cathy Heffernan | Dot’s Legacy, UK, 2018

Nadia Nadarajah looks at the legacy of Dorothy Miles (Dot). In her diary, Dot writes “My biggest dream to write something that will live on after me”. For Nadia, it’s a journey to see how Dot’s poetry evolved through the events of her tragic life and the influences on her. Modern day Deaf poets examine Dot’s poetic heritage and perform her works.

John Maidens | Dot, UK, 2018

A drama-documentary about the life of Deaf poet, civil rights activist and pioneer, Dorothy (Dot) Miles. Dot’s close friends and family share their memories of her – her legacy, work and the challenges she faced including her tragic battle with bi-polar disorder. Performances from Jean St Clair, Sophie Stone, Jovita Bodamer-Macgregor.

Sebastian Cunliffe | See Hear on Tour 2 – Tel Aviv, UK, 2019

Nadeem Islam visits the city of Tel Aviv, also known as the Miami of the Middle East. Wandering the sunny boulevards and beaches with his deaf Israeli guide, Omer, they take in the beautiful Bauhaus architecture and a show at the famous Nalaga’at theatre of the deafblind. Nadeem has a Muslim background, and Omer is Israeli – will they discuss the issue of Israel and Palestine?

Nadeem also takes on a couple of deaf volleyball champions, meets a deaf Holocaust survivor, learns the Israeli alphabet, and joins Tel Aviv’s Pride march – one of the largest in the world!

 

 

 

Adam Bassett as Graham | Small World Series 2 Episode 3, UK, 2018

With Graham back from Wales and Laura concentrating on her pop career, Chris discovers his inner Deafhood. Ryan is forced to fight a pizza and Graham must battle the powers of the one they call ‘Shiny’.

Joël Chalude as Pinto | Faking a Living, France, 2018

Pinto and Edna, an elderly deaf couple, have just moved into a low-cost flat. It’s Monday morning and Pinto must return to work, but he will be disturbed by his new environment and by an unfortunate succession of domestic incidents. He will end up not only with an incidentally chaplinesque outfit that will make him switch to a world of silent cinema, but also a defective hearing aid that will result in a day of communication slippage…

Nadeem Islam as Rajesh | Where I Belong, UK, 2017

A short film about feeling like an outsider in your own family, who speak a different language.

Ryan Lane as Ed | This is Ed!!, USA, 2017

This is Ed!!, is a light-hearted comedy based on a true story, illustrating that the difficulties two deaf friends have communicating with each other, can have a humorous side.

In the summer of 1973, Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out before an important date. A hilarious conversation ensues as a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated body hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy’s predicament which only leads to frustration for Ed until he reaches breaking point.

 

 

 

Heidi Branch as Hedy & Heidi | Hedy and Heidi: The Lost Sister, USA, 2017

The internet-famous duo Hedy and Heidi make their way to the big screen in this delightful comedy. Follow Hedy’s epic cross-country adventure in search of her sister, Heidi. In typical Hedy fashion, she gets herself into a variety of downright silly situations. Will Hedy manage to reconnect with the sister she’s long dreamed of?

Jemma Joyce as Sarah | To Know Him, UK, 2018

To lay the man she loves to rest, Sarah has to encounter his estranged father, John and overcome a barrier far greater than language. Two worlds, Deaf and Hearing collide in this powerful emotional drama.

Sandra Mae Frank as ‘Woman’ | The Pastman, USA, 2018

In the future, time travel is possible, and it is overrun with time criminals. A government agent is assigned to travel back in time to serve as a consolation to those who are affected by time-crime. 

Sophie Stone as Dot (middle years) | Dot, UK, 2018

A drama-documentary about the life of Deaf poet, civil rights activist and pioneer, Dorothy (Dot) Miles. Dot’s close friends and family share their memories of her – her legacy, work and the challenges she faced, including her tragic battle with bi-polar disorder. Performances from Jean St Clair, Sophie Stone, Jovita Bodamer-Macgregor.

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