Welcome back Nikki and Marilyn!

Welcome back Nikki and Marilyn! Deaffest’s Founders and Directors Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich have both returned from Shanghai, having attended the first ever SHIDFF!

“It was a TRULY successful event and we were proud to be part of this important milestone for Shanghai’s FIRST ever Deaf Film and Arts Festival. It was well attended by hundreds of mainly Chinese Deaf people alongside International Deaf Artists/filmmakers, from the UK (us!), USA, Russia, France, Germany & Austria. We want to congratulate SHIDFF for their great work to make this an event that will never be forgotten! SHIDFF rocks! All the best with future developments for this amazing festival and we look forward to showcasing some of China’s greatest Deaf Artists at our next Deaffest 2019 Festival….so watch this space!

The news is going crazy in China, more than 20 media platforms have shared the success stories of this event including Shanghai’s Education TV station!” – Nikki Stratton

Deaffest SHIDFF

Festival Founders! From left to right: Co-Founder and Co-Director of Deaffest Nikki Stratton, Founder and Director of Clin d’Oeil Festival David de Keyzer, Founder and Director of SHIDFF Zheng Xiaosan (Sam) and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Deaffest Marilyn Willrich.

More news about SHIDFF to follow soon along with photos!

Deaffest 2016 Mockumentary to screen at TSWY Film Festival

Deaffest 2016 Mockumentary will be screened at The Strength Within You’s 2nd International Film Festival.

Producers Jack Smallwood and Matthew Shaw presented a challenge in April 2016 to a group of media volunteers – is it possible to make a short mockumentary about Deaffest 2016 in 72 hours? The ‘Oh Sugar! team successfully produced the mockumentary during the festival weekend.

Exhibit your work at Deaffest 2019

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The UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival Deaffest is looking for deaf artists and photographers to exhibit their creative work at our 13th Festival.

Deaffest will be hosting an Art & Photography Exhibition throughout May 2019 in the Main Gallery at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton (the exhibition will run throughout the Deaffest weekend 17th to 19th May 2019).

The fee to exhibit is £25.00 (non-refundable).

We require exhibitors to fully commit to the conditions below:

  • The exhibition will commence on Wednesday 1st May 2019 and exhibitors can put up their work from that date.
  • The exhibition will end on Friday 31st May 2019 and exhibitors will be required to remove their work by that date. The exhibitors will be responsible for re-filling and re-painting over any holes on their exhibition wall.
  • Exhibitors are allowed to use nails, mirror plates or other hanging devices to put up their work. It is the exhibitors’ responsibility to bring their own equipment (i.e. hammer, paint to cover up holes etc.) The Light House will provide a ladder, if required.
  • Exhibitors are advised to have their own insurance cover, which includes fire, theft or damage as well as covering any personal risk to themselves. Work they exhibit will be placed in the Light House at their own risk.
  • To ensure the artistic tone of the exhibition, exhibitors are asked to show their artworks and only those promotional materials that specifically related to their own work (i.e. not third party material promoting other educational establishments that they may be affiliated with).
  • Exhibitors are required to attend Deaffest 2019 on Saturday 18th May 2019 10am to 4pm. Daytime entry for exhibitors is free.
  • There will be an opportunity to give a talk about your work to the public.

There are limited spaces for the exhibition. If you wish for your work to be considered for the exhibition then please get in touch with PR Liaison Officer Lou Parrott at Lou@zebra-access.com for the application form and the gallery floor plan.