28 August 2012
Oska Bright is the award-winning, international festival of short films made by artists with learning disabilities. Over the last decade, it has screened hundreds of films from around the world, enabling learning disabled film-makers to blaze a trail for their artform.
Oska Bright is the multi-award winning, international festival of short films made by artists with learning disabilities. Over the last decade, it has nurtured, developed and screened hundreds of films from around the world, enabling learning disabled film-makers to blaze a trail for their artform.
Now, as part of the BBC and Arts Council England’s on-demand digital arts channel The Space, Oska Bright can broadcast its achievements globally and offer a range of new interactive opportunities for everyone.
Oska Bright’s The Digital Space re-imagines the festival through the new on-line portal. Visitors can select a variety of films, music and digital art to watch, listen to and view. There are forty plus Oska Bright short films in all genres, specially selected music tracks and an inter-active art gallery.
People are encouraged to vote for their favourite Oska Bright film for an award, curate a jukebox of tracks, stream their own mix on the site, and upload images and clips. The Digital Space is easy to access for people with learning disabilities and a lively place for all artists to engage with technology, make their own creative decisions and give their work a high profile.
The Digital Space brings together Carousel, an arts organisation led by its learning disabled participants which celebrates thirty years of activity in 2012, with production company Junk TV and technical specialists Tilt. A team of learning disabled experts steer the project: Adele King , Jason Eade and Sarah Watson from the Oska Bright Film Festival committee and Francis Manning from Shut Up And Listen – Carousel’s music division.
Jason Eade says “It’s a completely new idea. It’s about us, about making the disability world and a mainstream audience know who we are.”
“This will be like an open cinema, even if you’re on your own on the website, you’re in the festival and part of it” adds Sarah Watson.