£1.00 entry at the door

10:00am Young Deaffest Award Films

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A Love Divided Dir. Ian Bustard, UK, 2014 (Dur. 24 minutes)

This film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

What happens when you fall in love with the boy who lives on the wrong side of town?  It can only lead to heartache and tragedy.  Solar Bear Deaf Youth Theatre presents a contemporary version of Shakepeare’s tragic tale.  In a gritty urban city the river separates the Southsiders from the Northsiders but this doesn’t keep the lovers apart.  Their friends and their families don’t approve and will do what it takes to keep them from being together, with tragic consequences.  A dark and haunting silent film in black and white with an atmospheric original soundtrack.

Legend of Ghost Wolf Dir. NDCS Get Creative Weekend Scotland, UK, 2015 (Dur. 6 minutes)

This film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

There are rumours about Scotland’s legendary Ghost Wolf.  A group of young people are determined to go on an adventure using cameras to find evidence, but only the brave will find out the real truth!

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NDCS Get Creative Weekend Deaffest News Reports Dir. NDCS Get Creative Weekend Participants, UK, 2014 (Dur. 13 minutes)

A group of young deaf news reporters aged 13-16 came to Deaffest 2014 with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).  They learnt about filming and interviewing, sniffled out the best Deaffest stories and put this fantastic documentary together.  The documentary explores Young Deaffest and the Ben Steiner Bursary Film Award.  The film was written, directed, and filmed collaboratively by the group with support from Angelfist Productions.

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Punk Chef: Kids Special Episode 1 (non competition) Dir. Camilla Arnold, UK, 2014 (Dur. 28 minutes)

Punk Chef is back and on a new mission to find the best Deaf Young Chef in the UK.  He invites 4 teams from all over the UK to his kitchen to demonstrate their culinary skills.  His judging criteria is tough – he is looking dishes that are super simple, super healthy and super tasty.  Throughout the series of tough challenges, set by Punk Chef, teams are eliminated – leaving two to battle it out in the final for the coveted Young Punk Chef trophy.


11:15am Non Competition Film

The Big Decisions

The Big Decision Dir. John Finn, UK, 2014 (Dur. 16 minutes)

A personal documentary featuring director John Finn and his family as they explore the decision to give their daughter a Cochlear Implant at the age of three when she became deaf.

Here and There Dir. Jascha Blume, Netherlands, 2015 (Dur. 11 minutes)

Through the eyes of seventeen-year-old girls from two sides of the world as they show their daily lives: Twins from a slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a girl from a peasant family in a village in Groningen, The Netherlands.  They are both profoundly deaf, and their lives are totally different, yet the same.  The film shows how close they are to each other, wherever they are.  The Deaf community around the world is one big global community, a virtual deaf country without barriers.


Ping Pong Deathmatch Dir. William Horsefield, UK, 2014 (Dur. 3 minutes)

On the first floor of the library, a bored student wants to eat some chocolate.  However, a member of staff warns him not to eat it in the library.  He decides to follow what she says and finds another way to stop his boredom.  He draws Ping Pong on his paper.  He feels sleepy so he closes his eyes.  Ping Pong pops up out of the paper.  He wakes up and sees it.  So what will he do with it?


Reel Life Dir. Michael X. Flores, UK, 2008 (Dur. 3 minutes)

Drawn by a starlet into the world of a 1920’s silent film, a man must learn to communicate in a world without sound.


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The Predators of Transylvania Dir. Julia Kolenakova, Slovakia, 2014 (Dur. 7 minutes)

This film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Some children are followed by a great wolf, they try to escape from his large sharp fangs by climbing a tree.  Dawn comes and the first rays of sun reveal that nothing is as it seems.  Music composed by visually impaired Ondrej Rosik

This is I: Remember Me Dir. Jack Smallwood, UK, 2015 (Dur. 16 minutes)

This is I: Remember Me touches on a sensitive topic, looking at the challenges Deaf people in their golden years faced with little known disease, dementia.


12:15pm – 1:15pm Paddy Ladd Seminar (Main Cinema)

Dr. Paddy Ladd is a Deaf scholar, author, activist and researcher of Deaf culture. The word “Deafhood” was first developed and introduced by Paddy Ladd in 1993. Deafhood acknowledges that ALL Deaf people embark on a journey towards deepening and refining their Deaf selves. Many are content to reside within the “boundaries” of existing Deaf cultures, yet some press on to stretch those boundaries.

1:30pm A subtitled screening of Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron (James Spader) from enacting his terrible plans. (Dur. 2 hrs 22 mins)

4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion (Main Cinema)

A panel of media professionals will be discussing various topics linked to Deaf films such as why some Deaf films lack regional sign language, censorship and more. Why not come along and join in the debate? Led by Louis Neethling.

6.00pm Cinema 1 and Courtyard, Light House Sunday Night Entertainment

New to Deaffest for 2015! An evening and night of entertainment, food and music including the Hearts Aglow steelpan group consisting of Mighty Jamma, the UK’s Steelpan Soloist champion and son Jamani Stewart who will bring you the sunshine sounds of the Caribbean! Also featured is Beethoven’s Nightmare and the premiere screening of US film SuperDeafy! Dur: 1 hr 18 mins


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