As part of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, the winning filmmakers are awarded mentorship meetings with active members of the entertainment industry. ‘Check Mate (new window)’ was awarded “Best Film” in the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, and the winning team was treated to an exciting day at Universal Studios! Check out creator Carl Hansen's [...]
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As part of their Easterseals Disability Film Challenge prize package, winning filmmakers are awarded mentorship meetings with active members of the entertainment industry. Day Daniells won the 2018 “Best Filmmaker” Award for her directing of the film 'Hit On (new window)' and earlier this year, met with Bec Smith, a Motion Picture Literary Agent at [...]
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 2018 participant J.B. Abajian won the 2018 “Best Actor” Award for his role as "The Hawk" in Visibility. Earlier this summer, J.B. received one of the key aspects of his prize package when he met with Pam Dixon, one of Hollywood’s leading casting directors (Angels in the Outfield, The Mask of [...]
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge winning filmmakers are awarded mentorship meetings with active members of the entertainment industry as part of their prize package. David Tenenbaum, who won the 2018 “Best Awareness Campaign” Award for his film Footloose, met with Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i, EVP of Entertainment Diversity & Communications at CBS Entertainment earlier this year. Throughout her [...]
Over the weekend, 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge participants attended the HollyShorts Film Festival to see their films screened during the “Family Films” Block. Easterseals Disability Film Challenge winning films received an automatic entry into Hollyshorts, which is an official Academy Award qualifying Film Festival, as one of their challenge prizes. Winning filmmakers were invited [...]
Today we're kicking off our first ever Summer Screening Series on our Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Facebook page! Starting from this first day of summer, we'll be bringing you a new film each day from the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, all summer long. Help us share all of these amazing films with the world, [...]
Everyone loves a good story, and the story starts with you. You can change the way the world defines and views disability just by including more people with disability on screen. A recent USC study noted that of the top 900 films between 2007 and 2016, just 2.7% of characters were portrayed as having a disability. And yet, [...]
Stars Turn Out to Support Diversity in Hollywood as 2018 Easterseals Film Challenge Winners are Announcedfilmchallenge2019-01-20T09:17:46-08:00
Special Guests Include Marcia Gay Harden, Shoshannah Stern + Kurt Yaeger BEVERLY HILLS — May 11, 2018 — Winners of the fifth annual Easterseals Disability Film Challenge were announced last night at a star-studded red-carpet event, film screening and awards ceremony hosted by leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency (UTA) in Beverly Hills. [...]
The finalists of the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge were announced and screened at a live event earlier today at the Bentonville Film Festival. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers — with and without disabilities — the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms. Held April 13-15, [...]
The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is proud to announce the 2018 finalists. With the most participants ever, the 2018 film challenge proved to be the toughest competition yet. We are so excited to see this growth as we celebrate our fifth year! Awards are presented in four categories: Best Awareness Campaign, Best Actor, Best Filmmaker [...]