Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Unveils Finalists at Bentonville Film Festival

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Unveils Finalists at Bentonville Film Festival

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, filmmakers were given a span of 55 hours to write and produce a short film (three-to-five minutes) using this year’s genre, “buddy comedy.” Films must include a person with a disability either in front of or behind the camera and are judged by a panel of noted and diverse entertainment industry professionals. Top prizes include mentorships with industry leaders; cash grants; film festival screening opportunities; and other awards.

On May 10, the nominated cast and crew members will participate in a special panel discussion hosted by agents from United Talent Agency (UTA), a leading talent and literacy agency representing many of the world’s top actors, writers, directors, producers and recording artists. Winners will be announced at a red carpet event later that evening at UTA’s headquarters in Beverly Hills.

Watch the live announcement!

SCREENED AT BENTONVILLE: Ain’t WokeBest EnemiesCheck MateCommittedFootlooseGia and DragonHit OnJordan’s CakeLimited SpaceRivals or FriendsThe #1 FanUncommon GroundVisibilityWoody’s Beans


BEST FILM: Best Enemies (Emily Hopper), Check Mate (Carl Hansen), Committed (Rachel Handler), Visibility (Scott Rosendall)

BEST FILMMAKER: Cory Reeder (Ain’t Woke), Day Daniells (Hit On), Keenan O’Reilly (Visibility), Joel Blacker (Woody’s Beans)

BEST ACTOREric Graise (Limited Space), Tamara Mena (Rivals or Friends), Dennis “Scooby” Willoughby (The #1 Fan), J.B. Abajian (Visibility)

BEST AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Footloose (David Tenenbaum), Gia and Dragon (John Lawson), Jordan’s Cake (Shanalyna Palmer), Uncommon Ground (Lori Saux)

VIEW FINALIST FILMS AT: https://bit.ly/2rhvxlz