9am Registration

10am – 4pm Deaffest Fair

Browse the stalls in the courtyard. This year there will be a fantastic range of stalls! For more information about stalls visit this page. There will also be activities for families including juggling sessions with Pan and games.

9:30am Start the Day with Something Different

Sipho Dir. Braam Jordan. South Africa, 2011
Sipho the Lion is the official mascot for the XV1 World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WDF) held in Durban, South Africa, 18 – 24 July 2011. The animated film was screened in front of 2,100 delegates from 125 countries. The highlight of the opening ceremony was the animated introduction by Sipho the Lion, who signed the name of each of the countries of origin for all participants with animated flag in the background.

Secret Lab: Series 2 Program 1 & 2 Dir, Ramon Woolfe. UK, 2012
Professor Knowitall and his two assistants Dr Bright and Dr Spark are given the task of finding out how light and sound work! The professor remains in his laboratory to carry out experiments, whilst Dr Bright is teleported to a submarine to find out how submarines navigate murky waters using sonar waves. Dr Spark finds herself exploding watermelons and is then teleported to a theatre to learn how light filters work. Professor Knowitall in his fantastic laboratory demonstrates what vibrations look like and shows us that light is in fact made up from seven different colours!

The Rubbish Monster Dir. Braam Jordan. South Africa, 2007
The animation focuses on a man who casts his empty cigarette box away carelessly. As soon as the cigarette box lands on the ground, it begins to twitch. All the litter in the vicinity suddenly amalgamates into a humanoid rubbish monster which proceeds to attack the locals.

10am Sign Media Workshop

Location: Computer Room (upstairs at Light House, please ask a staff member or volunteer if you are unsure where to find the computer room)

Join our Presenter’s Masterclass!

Learn from the best with Louis Neethling and Clive Mason as they share their experience of presenting from both sides of the camera.  Our experienced director and TV professional will also discuss the filming of the SignMedia project and give you the chance to try the learning resource yourself.

This workshop is aimed at Sign Language users who work, or want to work in the Media.

Places are limited. You can sign up at the Deaffest stand on Saturday or email geaperkins@wlv.ac.uk  by 3pm on Thursday 24th May.

10:15am The Deaf Experience Part 1

Three and A Half Senses Dir. Jessica McWilliams. UK, 2011
Three and A Half Senses is a short documentary focusing on Kara Weslake, a young lady with Usher Syndrome which affect both hearing and vision, leaving her with only three and a half senses. Born profoundly deaf and with a tunnel vision in which she sees the world through a small hole, and the hole is getting smaller and smaller. Staring at her face is a scary possibility of becoming fully blind one day. How does Kara, a strong-willed lady who tries not to rely on others as possible, cope with this knowledge? Are her dreams affected by her condition?

Making Noise in Silence Dir. Mina T. Son. USA, 2011
Making Noise in Silence explores the richness and complexities of Deaf culture from the perspective of two Korean high school students who attend the California School for the Deaf. Born and raised in South Korea, Jeongin Mun and Min Wook Cho have strong ties to their Korean heritage and learned Korean as their first language. However, what separates Jeongin and Min Wook from most children of immigrant families is that they are also deaf. When their families moved to the United States, their deafness automatically put them into an entirely separate cultural group with its own language, customs, and history.

History of Deaf Education Documentary Part 1 Dir. Louis Neethling. UK, 2011
In this documentary Louise Harte takes us on a journey through the history of Deaf education. Since records began around four hundred years ago, the history of Deaf education has been dogged by the debate between ‘manualism’ (teaching via Sign-Language) and ‘Oralism’ (education through speech).
In 1880, at the conference for educators of the Deaf in Milan, a debate was held and a vote taken as to which method was the best, the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of an oral method. This led to Sign-Language being banished from the classroom for almost one hundred years. This story is brought alive through dramatic reconstructions and personal stories.

11:05am Supernatural (PG)

The Portrait Dir. Alex Sambe. France, 2012
You have horrible and unexplained murders in a rich apartment in Paris. You add a police superintendent who is trying to clear up as best he can a strange case that vacillates between the normal and the paranormal. The icing on the cake is the caretaker of the building who does very good housework!

Whispering Hands Dir. Nethaneal Siegfred Enson. Malaysia, 2011

Unexpected Encounter Dir. Julien Borges. France, 2010
A document from the department of defence contains a video classified “Top Secret”. You will discover its contents…

Leo Dir. Julien Borges. France, 2011
In Toulouse, Leo has lost his girlfriend who died in an accident. He falls in to depression. Several weeks later, he meets a girl who is trying to get out of hell. But will she succeed?

12:00pm STOP SIGNING AND INSPIRE!

A seminar conducted by Gordon Hay.

STOP SIGNING AND INSPIRE! is an opportunity to widen your thinking about ‘translating’ dialogue from the script into ‘acting’ rather than interpreting.   Various techniques can be applied including miming, facial expressions, body language, etc without even lifting your hands.

12:45pm Young Deaffest Awards

The Young Deaffest Awards entries will be judged by Samuel Dore, with the award being presented by Alex Nowak.

Betrayal Dir. Thomas Hickman, 2011
Two best friends are arguing over a girlfriend so Alex kills Jason because he is jealous of their relationship. Alex realises that the murder comes with consequences.

Communication Street Dir. Biomation, 2011
Communication Street is a film about problems Deaf young people have communicating at home, with parents, brothers and sisters. In a fun and entertaining way it looks at things such as being woken up, not being told what’s going on, communicating in the car, not hearing someone calling for you, and the age old arguments over subtitles. For each problem a solution is also suggested by our Communication Street voice-over pigeon.

Deaf Vampires Dir. Harry McIntyre and Harry Carter, 2012
James is an ordinary pupil who leads a simple life and attends a local deaf school. One day he notices marked changes amongst his peers as they start to shy away from the light, make sudden movemants; even their choice of food changes too. This made him curious and start to investigate, but will his discovery change his life forever?

Film Alone Dir. Braidwood School for the Deaf and Deansfield Community School, facilitated by Bim Ajadi, 2012
One filmmaker struggles to make a film on her own. She can’t operate the camera, doesn’t have any actors and needs a director. With the help of her friends, who encourage, inspire and support each other, they produce an award winning vampire film. A film about friendship. Working together always produces the best results.

Tattoo? Dir. Braidwood School for the Deaf and Deansfield Community School, facilitated by Bim Ajadi, 2012
A boy plucks up the courage to have a tattoo. He tells his friends, who try to encourage him to confess to his Mum. Instead, the boy hides the tattoo, afraid of what his Mum might say. By chance, she sees it and is furious. In the end, the boy reveals that the tattoo is fake and it was all a set up. He shows courage in seeing his joke out till the punch line, prepared to face his Mum’s wrath, but knowing he will make her and his friends laugh and share his joke.

Top tips for Health Professionals Dir. Biomation, 2011
Ever been annoyed at Doctors, Dentists, Hospitals and other medical people being hard to understand or not helping you properly? This film suggests ways to improve Deaf awareness and communication skills amongst Health Professionals when working with Deaf young people. This includes making an appointment; arriving at reception; receiving treatment and having things clearly explained in an easy to understand way. All of this, and it’s narrated by a big orange fish too!

Twelve NDCS with Bev Wilson and Ted Evans, 2012
Logan arrives at a house and joins eleven other youngsters and they speculate why staff or adults are not there with them.  Have they been forgotten?  Has something happened to them? The twelve initially relish their freedom from authority but very quickly excitement turns to uncertainty.  The next morning they face a new and daunting situation with half of the group missing.  As Logan follows the others trying to solve the mystery, he finds himself having to look over his shoulder…

2pm Sign Media Workshop

Location: Computer Room (upstairs at Light House, please ask a staff member or volunteer if you are unsure where to find the computer room)

Join our Presenter’s Masterclass!

Learn from the best with Louis Neethling and Clive Mason as they share their experience of presenting from both sides of the camera.  Our experienced director and TV professional will also discuss the filming of the SignMedia project and give you the chance to try the learning resource yourself.

This workshop is aimed at Sign Language users who work, or want to work in the Media.

Places are limited. You can sign up at the Deaffest stand on Saturday or email geaperkins@wlv.ac.uk  by 3pm on Thursday 24th May.

2:00pm The Deaf Experience Part 2

Through Ellen’s Ears Dir. Saskia Gubels, Netherlands, 2011
Eleven year old Ellen doesn’t speak with her voice but with her hands. She uses sign language because she is deaf. Ellen has to decide which secondary school to attend. She doesn’t want to go to boarding school for the deaf like other deaf children. She would much rather go to an ordinary school or to the school for the hard of hearing, just like her best friend Myrthe, who is hard of hearing. But will she be admitted there?

History of Deaf Education Documentary Part 2 Dir. Louis Neethling. UK, 2011
In the second part of this documentary ‘History of Deaf Education’ Louise Harte looks at how methods evolved after the Milan congress in 1880. Today Mainstreaming is the primary policy of many local authorities but there are those who see the dangers of this lack of choice. Through interviews with teachers of the Deaf and education specialists, we learn that children are achieving only fifty per cent of the academic success of their hearing peers. Louise questions whether it is time for a royal commission to investigate what is going wrong and making sure that our Deaf children are getting a fair deal.

2:45pm Love and Loss

The Beach House Dir. Richard Standen & Tom Stanley. UK, 2011
After six years away from home, River Ames, the only non-deaf child in an otherwise completely Deaf family, returns home for the reading of his parents’ will. As they wait for the keys to the beach house which has been left to all three siblings, they are compelled to express their feelings after all this time apart.

Me & You Dir. Pedro Soroa. Spain, 2010
Two boys suddenly fall in love, but among them there is something that hinders their relationship – society around them.

Quiet Signs of Love Dir. John Nikolakopoulos. Australia, 2011
Quiet Signs of Love is a story about a deaf girl and a hearing boy whose love transcends the need for language. Daniel is an university student who has his eye on a mysterious girl. Finally seizing an opportunity at the campus cafe, he proceeds to make a fool of himself, especially when he realises she is deaf. But rather than an obstacle, her deafness inspires them to communicate in other ways. However, Daniel begins to see her as deaf and needing his protection instead of as an equal. Ultimately he understands their problems lie in his attitude.

The Street Dir. Julien Borges. France, 2011
An event pushed this young man living on the street

Lucia Dir. Maria José Carmona. Spain, 2011

Lucia Dir. Maria José Carmona. Spain, 2011
Story of a woman with many difficulties who is trying to survive the problems of life. She meets a man, who eventually begin to discover a hidden plot.

4:15pm Special Feature: The making of a Ben Steiner Bursary Film

Behind the Scenes: Dead Money Dir. Stephen Collins
Short documentary of the making of Dead Money which was directed by Bim Ajadi, the winner of the 2009 Ben Steiner Bursary.

4:30pm Sign Media – Interactive Learning Resource

SignMedia is an exciting collaboration between Deaf media professionals and teaching experts in the UK, Austria and Italy.  Meet members of our Austrian and UK team as they present the challenges and opportunities of the media world in their country and discuss the potential of the SignMedia learning resource.

7:30pm Ben Steiner Bursary Evening (doors open at 7pm)

Tickets are required for this event.

A look at what has been happening in the Ben Steiner Film Bursary Program. Def Motion will be back with 1950s inspired dances and John Smith the acclaimed Deaf comedian will be talking about what being British means. Last, but not least, we’ll discover who the winner is of the 2012 Ben Steiner Film Bursary!

10:45pm Keep Calm and Carry on Signing (doors open at 8pm)

Note: You need to be 18 or over to attend the following event. Please bring your ID with you.

Tickets are required for this event.

This is an exciting new event at Deaffest! The party will take place in the courtyard at Light House after the Ben Steiner Film Bursary Evening. There will be special performances including Millie Dollar the burlesque dancer, Def Motion, Visual Vernacular acts, an open stage session and more. The bar will be open until late so you can ‘Carry on Signing’ late into the night!