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Unspoken, 2017, Image courtesy of +Disruptor Productions

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto
Brings Access to Panels & Workshops

The ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto returns this month for the third annual Festival! RAFFTO, presented by the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, is Canada’s largest film festival dedicated to showcasing Deaf and disability cultures on screen. The Festival will present 25 films in various venues across the city from May 29 – June 4, 2018.

This year, in addition to 25 Festival films, RAFFTO is excited to present 3 community panels and 2 industry workshops address disability, advocacy, human rights, inclusive design, Deaf filmmaking and accessible tech production.

Sexuality & Disability Panel
Saturday, June 2 – 1:30-2:15pm at Innis Town Hall

A 45-minute panel will explore issues surrounding disability and consent, disability-positive sex education and sex positive services for people with disabilities with community leaders and advocates Fran Odette, Andrew Gurza and David Meyers, and moderated by community advocate Kate Welsh.

This panel is preceded by two festival short films, Leo & Carol and Take Me, focusing on intimacy, independence, relationships, consent, sex and privacy.

Tickets available:

Inclusive Design Workshop & Panel Discussion
Sunday, June 3 – 1:00-3:00pm at the Design Exchange

In partnership with the Design Exchange and coupled with a screening of Designability, a hands-on workshop and panel discussion about Universal Design will explore the concepts of accessible city planning inclusive design.

Panelists include: Jennifer Hieseler (Quadrangle Architects), Luke Anderson (StopGap Foundation), Misha Mykitiuk, (Abil) and is moderated by Alex Bozikovic, (Architecture & Urbanism Critic, The Globe and Mail).

Tickets Available:

Keep the Change, 2018, Images courtesy of Salem Street Entertainment & Tangerine Entertainment

Deaf Films in the Making Panel
Sunday June 3 – 5:45 – 6:30pm at Innis Town Hall

Following a screening of two Toronto-made films about Deaf experiences, this panel discussion investigates what it means to be an emerging and/or Deaf filmmaker in Toronto and Canada.

With festival directors and community members Mark Trifunovic, Nicola di Capua, and Sage Lovell, Festival Juror Michael McNeely will examine the shared and unique realities of filmmaking within and outside of the Deaf community.

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Defiant Lives: Stories of Disability Rights Panel
Sunday June 3 – 8:30-9:30pm at Innis Town Hall

This panel is curated and produced with Festival Sponsor Community Living Toronto, immediately following the festival screening of Defiant Lives.

The Defiant Lives: Stories of Disability Rights Panel is moderated by Sue Hutton, who will lead the conversation with 3 community advocates: Mika Hjorngaard, Robert Lattanzio, and Peter Park about their own experience in challenges and success of advocacy.

Tickets Available:

Accessible Technologies Workshop
Monday, June 4 – 5:00-6:30pm at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

In partnership with Accessible Media Inc and Reel Words Captioning, RAFFTO brings the fundamentals of accessible media creation to industry professionals.

This two-part workshop will illustrate and apply the fundamentals of Audio Description and Caption-Creation. Join AMI’s DV Specialist, Emily Harding, for a workshop on The Art of Integrated Described Video for blind, low vision, and partially sighted audiences. Following this, join Vanessa Wells from Reel Words for an introduction to caption creation, who brings her knowledge and experience of copy-editing and subtitling for TV & Film.

Recommended for filmmakers, digital content producers, editors and arts professionals.

Tickets Available:

Festival Contact:
Julia Rocchi
Festival Manager
416.924.6211 x 335






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