We are excited to be working with The Other Film Festival (aka TOFF) in 2016.
The Other Film Festival is back in 2016 with an exciting new venue and festival partners. The festival is to be delivered under the umbrella of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and will take place in the Experimedia space at State Library Victoria from 28 – 30 September 2016.
Proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria, The Other Film Festival (TOFF) is Australia’s leading international Deaf and disability film festival. For more than a decade TOFF has challenged and delighted audiences by delivering frank and thoughtful screenings, forums, presentations and workshops about the portrayal of Deaf people and people with disability in screen culture. These events are led by people who are Deaf or live with disability, speaking about their lived experiences of disability or being Deaf. They also reflect upon the challenges presented by the media and screen industry in Australia.
“Since the inaugural Festival in 2004, TOFF has been changing how the community thinks about Deafness and disability by programming provocative films from around the world about the lived experience of being Deaf or having a disability. We want audiences to be engaged and challenged, and leave screenings with a fresh perspective” said Veronica Pardo, Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria.
“This year’s program will feature a highly respected Deaf US filmmaker, Jules Dameron, who will share her experience in advocating for pivotal issues in the screen industry, such as authentic casting” said Pardo.
Simon Abrahams, CEO of the Melbourne Fringe Festival says he is very excited to bring TOFF to audiences this year as part of the Fringe Festival program. “TOFF is a unique and fully accessible festival that bring together audiences to explore, question and celebrate the lived experience of Deafness and disability”, said Abrahams.
The TOFF 2016 program will run as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival during 28 – 30 September 2016 at Experimedia, State Library Victoria. To find out more about the festival visit http://otherfilmfestival.com/
The Other Film Festival is supported by the Australian Government.
Public Partners City of Melbourne, Film Victoria and Screen Australia
Festival Partners Melbourne Fringe Festival, Vicdeaf and State Library Victoria
Festival Supporters US Embassy, Ericsson Australia and Turquoise iAuslan
Arts Access Victoria gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Human Services
Feature Image Actor Bethany Robinson – photo credit Pippa Samaya