Samuel Dore is a drama filmmaker based in Milton Keynes who, at times wrote, and directed many films and some of my recent films are Chasing Cotton Clouds (2009), Supersonic (2014), Reverberations (2019), CBBC Snaps’ Freestyle (2021) and Diagnonsense (2022) I also work as a film and TV drama set unit stills photographer.
“I’m very excited about watching new films, documentaries, and programmes from a wealth of Deaf / Sign Language filmmaking talent, both established and up and coming, and helping award them the international recognition they deserve.” (Samuel Dore, Filmmaker & Photographer)
Charlotte Little is a deafblind access consultant, curator, and writer.
Based in Edinburgh, Charlotte works in the film exhibition sector, advising cinemas, festivals, and other organisations on improving access and inclusion for Deaf and disabled audiences. Charlotte often writes about disability and Deafness in cinema and has recently launched Caption This Cinema, a pop-up cinema dedicated to inclusive cinema experiences. You can find out more about her work at captaincaptions.com.
“I’m so excited and honoured to be asked to be a Film Judge for this year’s Deaffest. I’m passionate about Deaf storytelling and on-screen representation, and I can’t wait to champion Deaf filmmaking and talent for this year’s festival. I look forward to seeing everyone’s submissions!” (Charlotte Little, Access Consultant, Curator and Writer)
Braam Jordaan was born Deaf in Benoni, South Africa. With over 30 major international awards under his belt for film and animation work, he is also known for championing education and human rights in the Deaf community by drawing inspiration from the very community he is part of. He became a board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section in 2011, and delivered a statement at the United Nations in New York City about the right to an education in sign language. He was formerly an Honourable Member of Disability Rights Parliament in South Africa. He has published three children’s books with Cambridge University Press.
Braam was bestowed with the Order of the Baobab in 2019 by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in recognition of his efforts at raising awareness on the importance of sign language and the human rights of Deaf people around the world through his work with films and books. The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africans can receive.
Braam truly is a global citizen and multilingual in nine languages. He is currently the CEO of Convo Global and SignLive is part of the four-countries Convo Global family. He is a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award recognising the achievements of British Columbia’s young entrepreneurs with demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution.
Braam is currently working as an Animation Consultant for Paramount Animation.
“Uplifting the communities through my visual work, portraying strong messages of hope and happiness is a true reflection of the cultural pride I inherited as a Deaf person. In many cases, films that screen at Deaf film festivals may very well be the up-and-coming filmmakers’ only opportunity to see these film projects on the big screen and have a conversation with other film enthusiasts, including myself! Thank you for the opportunity to be one of Deaffest 2022 Film Judges.” (Braam Jordaan, Animation Consultant)