Originally launched in 2014 by actor, now also ESSC Board Member, Nic Novicki, the film challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, open to all, that provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry.
The 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge will be held the weekend of April 5-7, 2019; registration dates coming soon!
For the 6th year of the Film Challenge, registered filmmakers – with and without disabilities – are given a span of 55 hours over the designated weekend to write and produce short films (three-to-five minutes) that Help Change the Way We View Disability, which are then judged in four award categories – Best Film, Best Filmmaker, Best Actor and Best Awareness Campaign – by a noted and diverse group of entertainment industry talent.
Winners are awarded industry mentorships; the opportunity to screen their film at the Los Angeles-based HollyShorts Film Festival (August 8-17), an Academy Award-qualifying competition; as well as cash awards and other desirable prizes.
Since the challenge launched in 2013, aspiring filmmakers from around the world have created more than 200 films, which have been viewed online and at film festivals around the world.
Thanks to the visibility and exposure from the film challenge, Easterseals had the incredible opportunity to partner with the Media Access Awards and this year, the 2018 Media Access Awards, held November 1 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, were presented by Easterseals. The event honored media and entertainment pioneers who continue to advance disability awareness and inclusion. Read more about the event, known in the industry as the ultimate annual celebration of diversity and disability inclusion.
For more information, full rules & regulations or to register, visit: disabilityfilmchallenge.com and view last year's winning films below.
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 2018 Best Film
Carl Hansen | Buddy Comedy — Check Mate
Day Daniells | Buddy Comedy — Hit On
J.B. Abajian | Buddy Comedy — Visibility
Best Awareness Campaign
David Tenenbaum | Buddy Comedy — Footloose
The 2018 award recipients received: