Focus on disability

• The Next Move, written and directed by Laura Neuvonen, is showing at the Wide Angle Film Festival.

AN inspiring film festival about people with disabilities will screen in Fremantle for the first time this weekend (October 12 and 13).

Held at the WA Maritime Museum, the Wide Angle Film Festival presents award-winning Australian and international short films touching on all areas of disabled life.

There’s something for everyone in a program that includes animation, live action, drama, comedy and documentaries.

The children’s category has productions from preschoolers, primary school students and collaborations between kids under 12 and professional filmmakers.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the Wide Angle Film Festival played an important role in raising awareness about the need for cinema access for people with disability.

“All of the films are fully accessible for people who are deaf or hearing impaired, blind or vision impaired and for people with epilepsy, autism and other sensory disabilities,” Dr Pettitt said. “It’s not just the accessible inclusions which make this Festival so special; the stories told in the films reflect the diversity of our community and bring honest perspectives of people with disability to the wider public.”

Saturday’s program will be screened with audio description and Sunday’s program will have open captions.

The festival is free but bookings are recommended.

For more information visit http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/whats-on/wide-angle-film-festival-main-program

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