Access All Areas Film Festival shares disability stories with Tasmania

STEP FORWARD: Speak Out advocate Dominique Vittori prepares for two screenings of the Access All Areas Film Festival, which will showcase the experiences of people living with disability. Picture: Phillip Biggs
STEP FORWARD: Speak Out advocate Dominique Vittori prepares for two screenings of the Access All Areas Film Festival, which will showcase the experiences of people living with disability. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The experiences of people living with disability from across the world will feature in a film festival on show in Launceston.

Over two different screenings, Access All Areas Film Festival will showcase junior and open films for free at The Tramsheds Function Centre on Thursday.

Living up to the festival’s name, the screenings will offer accessible features including audio description, captions and a kit for sensory screenings as well as being flashing light free and accessible for people with mobility disability.

Speak Out Association of Tasmania advocate Dominique Vittori said the arts have an important part to play in bringing the community together.

Not all cinemas were accessible for people with disability, which made this event special in its level of accessibility, Mr Vittori said.

“People with disability are part of our community, they’re not second class citizens.”

Showcasing films from across the globe, the main program will feature two animations, two documentaries and three live action films.

Mr Vittori believed it was the first time the film festival would reach Tasmania, he said.

The free junior film festival, which is open to all and will have a chill out room for children with autism, will start at 1pm.

It will be followed by a screening recommended for people aged 12 and older at 7pm.

The Tramsheds Function Centre general manager Mick Hammond said Tramsheds was proud to support a vital community advocacy event.

Festival director Jacqueline Cosgrove said the festival would place people with disability in the centre of a lot of screens.

”We’ve searched the globe for the most entertaining and authentic short films for a program that will take the audience on a spellbinding journey,” Ms Cosgrove said.

The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary tour this year, is managed by The Bardic Studios.