Success Stories2019-08-12T13:57:20-07:00

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to tell creative stories and showcase disability in its many forms. The Challenge offers invaluable life-experiences, with many past winners going on to even greater career opportunities and success in entertainment, and in life.

Shannon DeVido

After being nominated for best actor in the 2022 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge I landed a role as Emma Wheemer [...]

Ashley Eakin

After we made our film "Expectations", which was a 2020 finalist of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, I got [...]

Danny J. Gomez

Danny J Gomez guest starred in CBS's NCIS: Hawai'i.  He credits the the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for helping to [...]

Emily Hopper

Emily Hopper (star of our 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge “Best Film” winner- Parents, Inc.) booked a major role as [...]

Nicole Lynn Evans

Nicole Lynn Evans won the Best Actor award at the 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. After her win, Nicole booked [...]

Sofiya Cheyenne

Sofiya Cheyenne credits the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for leading to her first recurring role on TV. Now in its third season, [...]

Shaina Ghuarya

A filmmaker and USC MFA graduate was a finalist in the 2019 Easterseals Disability FIlm Challenge.  As a finalist [...]

Scarlett Furgueson

Eight-year-old actress Scarlett Furgueson landed a major role for in an upcoming Dreamworks Animated TV show slated to air [...]

Leah Zelaya

Actress Leah Zelaya, who uses a wheelchair, was suggested for a role in the Jennifer Lopez Universal film Marry [...]

Rachel Handler

Rachel won the Best Actor award in the 2014 film challenge and was nominated again for best film in [...]

Santina Muha

Santina both wrote and starred in Take It Back, which was nominated for Best Film at the 2019 Easterseals Disability [...]

Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer was recognized as ‘Best Actor’ in the 2017 Film Challenge. The film she appeared in, “Whitney’s Wedding,” has [...]

John Lawson

John Lawson’s film “Whitney’s Wedding” earned the 2017 “Best Actress Award,” starring Jamie Brewer. This comedic love story has [...]

Shanalya Palmer

Shanalya Palmer’s film Jordan’s Cake was a finalist for Best Awareness Campaign in the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Shanalya went [...]

Jenna Kanell

Jenna Kanell won the 2015 Film Challenge’s “Best Film Award” for a film inspired by her brother who lives [...]

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