News Release: ‘Share Your Story’ at Deaffest 2019

Theme revealed for Deaffest 2019 – celebrate the storytelling tradition.

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Deaffest 2019 makes a comeback after a year’s break! The biennial festival will be returning to Wolverhampton, UK from the 17th to 19th May 2019, with the theme: ‘Share Your Story’.

There are so many ways to share your story, whether it be through films, arts, performances or sign language. We want the festival to inspire the visitors, including the deaf younger generation, to find their own inner story and gain the skills and confidence to tell it to the world. Let the ‘Once Upon a Time’ begin…” – Deaffest team

Throughout history, storytelling has been linked to culture and at the 13th international festival, Deaffest will be celebrating the storytelling tradition by bringing Deaf Artists, Filmmakers and Performers together from across the world to explore visual storytelling in all its forms.

The UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival will include the popular bustling stalls fair, a showcase of films and documentaries by UK and international filmmakers, the exciting 7th Film & TV Awards Gala with live entertainment, an exhibition showcasing the works of deaf artists and photographers, workshops for adults and children, the Late Night Deaf Party with competitions and much more.

Deaffest offers a variety of sponsorship packages, some of which include hosting a stall at our Stalls Fair. It is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on your brand, but all requests for sponsorship packages will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch with us at sooner rather than later.

We welcome film submissions from UK and international filmmakers for the Film & TV Awards and the Young Deaffest Award. Click here for information about submitting your film, the awards and details about the deadlines.

Stallholders are welcome to promote their charity/business or to sell products/creative work at Deaffest 2019. Click here for more information.

Information about daytime and evening entry fees to the festival will be on the Deaffest website in early 2019. Tickets for the Film & TV Awards Gala and the Late-Night Deaf Party will also be available for purchase. Due to the popularity of this event, we advise you to book your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets are non-refundable.

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Hold a stall at Deaffest 2019

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Stallholders are welcome to promote their charity/business or to sell products/creative work/food at Deaffest 2019.

The Stalls Fair will take place at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton on Saturday 18th May 2019 from 10am to 4pm.


  • Stalls are supplied without a tablecloth. If you need a tablecloth please bring your own.
  • We advise you to bring your own interpreter if required. We MAY be able to provide a voluntary communicator subject to availability.
  • When you have sent in your application form, payment is required within 30 days of booking (non-refundable).

Places are LIMITED so book your stall sooner than later to avoid disappointment.

Deaffest 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

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Deaffest welcomes sponsors who would like to support Deaffest 2019.

If you would like to support the 13th international Deaf Film & Arts Festival, while also promoting your business – we have a variety of sponsorship packages available!

Depending which package you buy, we can promote your business by:

  • Online video – if you already have or want to create your own short video about your business (under 2 minutes long) we will share this through our social media platforms twice before the Deaffest weekend.
  • Promote your logo on our Deaffest website.
  • Display your logo on the big screen during Deaffest weekend.
  • Advertise your brand in our festival programme.
  • Hold a stall at the Deaffest Stalls Fair.

This is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on your brand. We work with international organisations across the globe, including our partner Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival and we aim to boost the publicity of not just your brand, but of your support towards the festival.

All requests for sponsorship packages will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and there are a limited number of stalls and packages available – so get in touch with us at as soon as possible.