World’s leading learning disability film festival goes online in Brighton

Brighton-based Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, takes its programme to the small screen with OSKA BITES, regular programmes of award-winning short films from the 2019 festival, starting on Thursday, July 2.

The film Kill Off will be screened
The film Kill Off will be screened

Spokeswoman Lisa Wolfe said: “Presented with additional content and the chance to watch together live on Facebook, all the films featured in Oska Bites are made by, or feature in lead roles, people with learning disabilities, autism or Asperger’s. These are outstanding films that show often undiscovered talent and new voices.”

Presented as a themed series of screenings, Oska Bites will run from July 2020 to February 2021.

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The launch event, First Bite, will stream live on Facebook on Thursday, July 2 at 7pm. And then discover Oska Bites, a programme for young people, streaming on Facebook on Friday, July 3 at 11am.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oskabright/

Both programmes will then be available to watch via the Oska Bright website at www.oskabright.org

The programmes also include newly-commissioned interviews with film-makers and introductions from the Oska Bright team.

Matthew Hellett, lead programme of Oska Bright Film Festival, said: “We’re so excited to present Oska Bites – a look back at our big, bold and different film festival from last year. It will challenge perceptions of who can create and star in amazing films. We are looking forward to watching films like these together again on the big screen, but for now Oska Bright Film Festival is coming to the small screen in your own home.”

Audiences wanting to sign up to the Oska Bright mailing list or find out more about the Festival’s work and forthcoming UK cinema tour should visit www.oskabright.org.

Programme for First Bite: Thursday 2 July at 7pm. Take a deep dive in to the different ways learning disabled people express themselves and navigate the world. This screening is a celebration of what makes us unique and gives us an identity. There will be an introduction from the Oska Bright Film Festival Team.

What It Feels Like: Steven Fraser, UK. An experimental and expressive animated documentary that investigates voice hearing. Positives and negatives combine to express misunderstood behaviour.

Force of Habit: Tamsin Parker, UK. “As an autistic person, I struggled to understand myself. Then I watched The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and saw myself reflected in the protagonist, Tuco.”

What Is Normal? Who Decides?: Eleana Re, UK. Autism is not always well understood. Here artist Eleana Re gives a very personal insight into what's it like for her. Step into her very orange world.

You and Eye: Hugo Karlsson, Sweden. What happens when your drawings come to life? A man works at his desk and is surprised when his illustrations become a new friend.

Kill Off: Genevieve Clay-Smith, Australia. American Horror Story's Jamie Brewer stars as Sonja, a woman who forms an unlikely friendship with a Sudanese refugee through their mutual love of KRUMP.

Programme for Discover Oska Bites:

Friday, July 3 at 11am. A special screening for young people and schools with additional resources available on the website. There will be an introduction from the Young Oska Bright team.

Look For Me: Miriam Fox, UK. An autistic child’s love of drawing helps them discover an unexpected kindred spirit. Inspired after Miriam’s diagnosis of Autism in 2017.

The Gruntles 2: Richard Norris, UK. Two of the Gruntles family appear as spirits to try and spoil the charity shop. With the help of detectives and an interesting customer, they are banished into the afterlife.

Interpretation: Toby Loxton, UK. A young man focuses on his sport, trying to overcome the negative voices in his head. Will he succeed and hit the bullseye?

First Bite programme running time 45minutes

Discover Oska Bites running time 25 minutes

All films are captioned and F-Rated.

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