BFF announced a collaboration with the Easterseals Disability Challenge at a special event at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities throughout Southern California – has formed a new alliance with BFF, to promote disability awareness and inclusion through film.
With a series of cross-promotional activities, these forward-thinking organizations are joining forces to champion inclusion and Easterseals Disability Film Challenge finalists will be announced during the fourth annual BFF, where they will also be screened.
“BFF is proud to champion inclusion in all forms of media. Part of our vision has always been to embrace all creative voices and expand on the diverse content we showcase at the festival,” said BFF President of Programming Wendy Guerrero. “Inclusion drives innovation and our partnership with the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is truly an asset to our mission and event.”
One in every five Americans is living with a disability, making it the largest minority population today. Yet far too often, their important and varied stories go untold. “As the entertainment industry strives to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace, we must keep disability in the conversation,” said Nic Novicki, (Boardwalk Empire, Gotham Comedy Live), a little person who has successfully navigated the challenges of a working actor in Hollywood with a disability. “We created the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge to help accelerate change within Hollywood. Joining with the Bentonville Film Festival, we strengthen our resolve to give everyone equal opportunity to reach his or her potential.”
Now in its fifth year, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge addresses this underrepresentation by giving filmmakers – with and without disabilities – the platform to collaborate, tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms and support Easterseals’ goal to change the way disability is viewed. Click here to register now!
Added Mark Whitley, president & CEO of Easterseals Southern California, “This important alliance with Geena Davis and the Bentonville Film Festival are an enormous step toward our goal of true diversity and inclusion in entertainment and in all aspects of life. We are most appreciative of the support of such dedicated advocates for change.”