The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge recognizes the talent and hard work that goes into creating a film and will be presenting awards to film challenge participants: Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor, Best Actor, Awareness Campaign Award and Best Writer.

2024 Winners will receive:

  • $2,000 grants to each category winner.
  • $15,000 seed fund/film finishing grant provided by the Adobe Foundation to winners of Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actor and Best Editor to further develop the winning short film and/or to accelerate the development of their projects into feature films or episodic series.
  • Dell Technologies computers.
  • One-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals.
  • Screenings at Academy Award-qualifying festivals, including the Heartland Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival and NewFilmmakers LA.
  • One-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, the world’s best platform of creative apps and services, empowering you to make anything you can imagine, wherever you’re inspired.
  • Mentorship meetings with entertainment industry executives and talent, including Emmy-nominated actor Ryan O’Connell (SpecialQueer as Folk); Ivana Lombardi, Director of Film, Netflix; Karen Noble, Senior Manager, Creative Talent and Content, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Steven O’Dell, President, Sony Pictures Releasing International; and Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive VP, Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, West Coast, Paramount Global.

Learn more about each award and last year’s winners by selecting an icon below.

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BEST FILM

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BEST DIRECTOR

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BEST EDITOR

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BEST ACTOR

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AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AWARD

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BEST WRITER AWARD