Why Have a Challenge?
The unique stories of people living with disabilities are too often untold, as this population is sometimes underrepresented in the entertainment industry. For example, while more than 18% of Americans have disabilities, only 2.4% of all speaking characters were depicted with a disability in the top 100 films of 2015.*
The film challenge addresses this underrepresentation by empowering filmmakers, actors, and other creators–with and without disabilities–to take their careers into their own hands. This challenge gives them the platform to use creative storytelling, share their diverse perspectives on screen and gain the opportunity to network with Hollywood professionals.
With more than 56 million Americans with disabilities, the challenge aims to raise awareness about this community in Hollywood’s ongoing diversity conversation. By seeing their aspirational stories reflected on screen, these films inspire people to join the conversation and expand the audience’s understanding of disability today.
*Inequality in 800 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT, and Disability from 2007-2015; by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, and Dr. Katherine Pieper
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