The Other Film Festival WA puts people with disability at the centre of storytelling and filmmaking. Join us for a weekend of films by, for, and about people with disability.
The Other Film Festival began in 2004 as a ground-breaking, international, disability-led program by Arts Access Victoria that elevated Deaf people and people with disability’s voices, stories, and skills within the Australian screen industry.
This year’s The Other Film Festival WA is DADAA’s third version of the project, encompassing a program of film screenings and conversations with leading filmmakers and practitioners with disability. The festival puts a spotlight on filmmakers with disability and their stories, and connects Western Australian artists and audiences with disability to international, national, and local screen practitioners.
Read the program here:
Program and Tickets
- All films MA15+, restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult
- All films are open captioned and audio-described
Opening Night | July 15, 5.30pm
Shadow (Australia) 2022, 56min, Directed by Bruce Gladwin
A group of activists hold a public meeting, desperate to save the world. As the meeting unravels, they discover the greatest threat to their future is already in the room.
Followed by drinks and canapés.
Read more about the film here
Festival Keynote Speaker Alistair Baldwin | July 16, 12pm
Alistair will be discussing his career development, opportunities and experience in screenwriting, as well as his current projects, including his latest directorial work for SBS which was developed through SBS, NITV, and Screen Australia’s Digital Originals initiative.
This event is supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest.
Film Screenings | July 16 & 17
The weekend of film screenings highlights the voices, stories, and skills of filmmakers and practitioners with disability. DADAA Fremantle’s Cinema will host seven screenings of Australian and International short films across two days. See below schedule for details of sessions. Tickets are FREE.
Saturday 16 July
1.15pm Session 1: Country, Identity & Art
5pm Session 3: Taking Action
Sunday 17 July
12pm Session 2: Making an Impression
2pm Session 1: Country, Identity & Art
4pm Then Barbara Met Alan
6.30pm Session 3: Taking Action
Followed by Q&A with Liz Carr
Session 1: Country, Identity & Art
Explorations of place, identity, and disability and how they shape us and our artistic practices. This collection includes stories from Martu country and bushfire-affected areas in Australia, advice for how people with disability can prepare for climate apocalypse, and artists addressing identity, disability, and how they create work.
Session 2: Making an Impression
How do we make an impression on the people around us, how does the world perceive us and what makes an impression on us? From the ways different disabilities affect how we experience the world to assumptions made about (and sometimes by) people with disability, these diverse stories show us as powerful, aspirational, playful, and romantic.
Session 3: Taking Action
There are many ways we can take action to change our lives and those of people around us. These films poke fun at common disability tropes and depictions (when was the last time you saw a disabled action hero on screen?) and show people changing their lives and other people’s understanding of how the world works.