Get ready for the 31st year of Superfest International Disability Film Festival this weekend on November 4 and 5 in San Francisco and Berkeley. We’re thrilled to have such a spectacular and diverse lineup, co-produced with our friends at the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.
November 4, 2017, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
The Magnes Collection of Art and Life, Berkeley
November 5, 2017, 1 p.m.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Why are we excited for Superfest this year?
1) This will be our 31st year!
Superfest first debuted in a small showcase located in Los Angeles and is now co-hosted by San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. We are proud to be the longest running disability-related film festival in the world.
2) Leaders from local disability organizations will introduce each film!
Not only does Superfest have a great selection of films, but it is also a chance to learn more about leaders and organizations making a positive difference in the Bay Area.
3) This year we received over 160 submissions, a new record in both numbers and geographic diversity.
Learn why Deej received our Best of Festival – Feature award, a refreshing look at autism told with the autistic person and documentary subject getting the final word.
While we cannot feature each and every film, the 15 selected films have been shot and filmed in nine countries and represent an important array of issues and perspectives. There will also be nine filmmakers, a festival record, joining us from all over the world to preview their work.
4) Free access tours at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Arrive early on Sunday for described and ASL interpreted tours of the museum!
5) Superfest is as accessible as it gets!
Access is always a process, but we are proud that Superfest models what access can look like for film festivals internationally. We provide open captioning, audio description, integrated seating for wheelchair riders, a scent-free zone, ASL interpreting, and more.
Our decision to use open audio description has been core to our festival. At the same time, we understand that it creates a barrier for some festival goers. Thanks to our community’s support, this year we are introducing a second screening room on Saturday to provide another form of access. Since space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis, please contact Emily Beitiks to reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about audio description on the Longmore Institute’s blog.