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We are the Oska Bright steering committee and in this blog you will find about our experience of taking our film festival across the UK and abroad. Go to the dao directory for a link to the Oska Bright website. You can also read about the next Festival, which takes place in 2013, and find details of how to enter your own film.

Oska Bright at the Picture This...film festival in Canada!

14 February 2013

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Jason Eade from the Oska Bright committee on top of the canadian rockies!

  Day 1. Friday morning – 5am, freezing cold and far too early for my liking!!  Arrived at the coach station – everything was still dark, the sun began to rise as we reached Heathrow.  12 hours later we arrived in Calgary – Canada!  We were met at the airport by Sheryl, the ‘Picture This…film festival’ Director.  I was mega-excited to be there.  The hotel was right in the middle of the downtown area of Calgary.  We went...

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Oska Bright at the Cornwall Film Festival

13 November 2012

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Adele and Sarah in Cornwall

 Hi it's Sarah and Adele here, this was our first time working together On The Road.  We have been to the Cornwall Film Festival at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay. The venue was brilliant, accessible and the staff were friendly and helpful.  We screened in the afternoon to a mostly non-disabled audience, it went well, it was nice to be in a proper cinema!  After our screening we checked out some of the rest of the festival – the animated shorts were brilliant! ...

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Oska Bright On The Road with Zinc in Chipping Ongar, Essex

21 October 2012

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Sarah and Stephen introducing the Oska Bright films at Zinc

19th October 2012 By Stephen Firshman and Sarah Watson It was brilliant! It was fun! It was Oska Bright On The Road in Ongar! We saw a film that the guys at Zinc made, which they are going to enter into Oska Bright 2013. We showed them how to use Flip Cams and hopefully they will use them. After we had showed the films, the audience asked us lots of questions. We had a long talk about the films and about film making. We think that we inspired them to make more of their own films and to send...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Newbury

16 October 2012

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Matthew and Becky in the break at On The Road Newbury

By Matthew Hellett and Becky Bruzas 13th October We arrived at Newbury and checked into our hotel – then we went to check out Newbury Town. It was a quaint and a happening place – yeah! Oh my god! With a lovely variety of charity shops and pubs. This was the first On The Road event this year that was in a day centre – The Phoenix Centre – and we were partnering with Interakt Theatre who are based there. We screened the films in a brand new theatre space that was inside...

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Oska Bright Presentation at the Independent Cinema Office in London on 10th October 2012

11 October 2012

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Sarah Watson outside the Independent Cinema Office Training Course

By Sarah Watson It was a busy presentation to the Cultural Cinema Exhibition Course in Trafalgar Square today. It was Chaired by David Sin, the course leader and on the panel with me was Caroline Hennigan, Programme Director from Broadway in Nottingham. I made a short presentation about Oska Bright – what we do, where we’re from and why Oska Bright is so important. Then I showed “Unusual Journey” from Oska Bright 2007. After that Caroline did her presentation. Then we...

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Oska Bright On The Road, Ledbury

22 September 2012

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Another successful Oska Bright On The Road - this time in Ledbury

 20th September 2012 By Adele King and Jason Eade We arrived at The Market Theatre. It was a basic space – but the projector and DVD player were great! It was hard to present the films because all of the lights were shining in our eyes whilst we were talking. The audience gradually warmed to us, and by the end we had given out a whole load of Calling for Submissions Flyers – we hope to get some films for Oska Bright 2013 from Ledbury! And we lost a battery down the backseat...

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Oska Bright On The Road, Bromyard

22 September 2012

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Celebrating the success of Oska Bright On The Road, Bromyard

 20th September 2012 By Adele King and Jason Eade We arrived early and got a very warm reception at the Bromyard Conquest Theatre. We set up our equipment and were lucky enough to get an awesome tour of the building – projector room, dressing room, props and costumes – it was like the Tardis! We had a super interested audience and the Question and Answer session went a lot more smoothly. We got lots of thanks at the end from our audience before we said...

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Oska Bright On The Road, Hereford

22 September 2012

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The Oska Bright Team in Hereford at The Courtyard Theatre

 Thursday 20th September 2012 By Jason Eade and Adele King Today we had a very nervous start. We eat a lot of cereal and found ourselves eating it with a fork by mistake! We travelled to the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford to present two screenings, a presentation and a Question and Answer Session. It was Adele’s first time On The Road, and Jason says that even though she was a little shy, she performed admirably! The Question and Answer session was hard because we couldn’t hear...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Bradford, 1st May 2012

2 May 2012

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Jason and Sarah running a Question and Answer session

 By Jason Eade and Sarah Watson We set off to Bradford to visit Mind The Gap Studios and show some Oska Bright films. It was a very damp day and the motorways were misty with rain – so we watched “Underworld Revolution” in the back of the car. After about six and a half hours we arrived in Bradford and had a really nice Indian meal – and discovered Indian tea! Then we arrived at the Studios. We met Dave the technician and lots of other staff. We set up and then had...

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Oska Bright On The Road in Israel – our meeting with the Israeli Cultural Affairs Department at the Israeli Embassy in London

16 February 2012

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Sarah and Matthew after their meeting at the Israeli Embassy

 Wednesday 15th February 2012 By Matthew Hellett and Sarah Watson We just had a lovely meeting with Iris Ambor and Lark Bieberfrom the Embassy of Israel. They are the Counsellor for Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Officer and they want to see if they can work with us to see if we can bring Oska Bright to Israel. Once we were in the Embassy it was really nice – they had lovely, beautiful chandaliers! It was an amazing building. We have never been to an Embassy before....

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Oska Bright On The Road at Cinovate (www.cinovate.org ), Newport, Wales

14 February 2012

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Sarah Watson with colleagues

 Friday 10th February 2012 By Sarah Watson We found the University in Newport very hard to find – the sign for it was so small! It was a big building, and it was hard to find our way around the inside, too. But when we met with the Cinovate staff they were very friendly and welcoming. We were part of a Panel Discussion during the morning. We met the people on the Panel with us – there was Rachel Castell who talked about “Support Your Local Cinema” and Jonathan...

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Oska Bright Presentation at “Conquering Public Spaces” Conference, City Library, Prague

15 November 2011

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Matthew from Oska Bright filming with TV Glad from Denmark

By Matthew Hellett We went to this conference from 11 - 13 November in Prague that was put on by one of our past partner festival’s in Prague, Czech Republic – The Normal Festival. I gave a short speech about Oska Bright and showed 'The Royal Bite' from Oska Bright 2007. There was no time for question and answers, which was a shame. After me, my colleague DJ JJ from the Shut Up And Listen Radio Show at Carousel, gave a short presentation and played a bit from the radio...

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Oska Bright go 'On The Road' to Hastings

16 September 2011

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Sarah And Matthew presenting Oska Bright

By Sarah Watson and Matthew Hellet On 15th September 2011 we did a presentation at the Stade on the Old town seafront in Hastings. It was a lovely beautiful day and we smelt the sea. How did the presentation go?  Everyone said it’s gone really well and that we make a good double act. The main questions were about? ·       How do we vote for each film that enters into our film festival? We said by using an easy to read voting guide that we have...

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Oska Bright On The Road –Upstream, Brighton, 24th-26th May 2011

27 May 2011

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Oska Bright members rehearse presenting their screenings on stage

By Matthew Hellett, Maggie Dadswell and Sarah Watson This week we have been showing films at Upstream, part of Brighton Festival 2011. We've been promoting our work, and showing films that are highlights for us from the Oska Bright Library. We showed our films at Sallis Benney Theatre  and ran question and answer sessions for people who saw them. We met some interesting people – Mick our stage manager, Neil from Independent Theatre Trust and all the artists who showed their work as part...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti at Barossa Valley, South Australia

2 April 2011

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Practicing Camera shots in Barossa

Wow! We've just finished the best film making week with a lovely group of people in Barossa valley. We worked at Nurootpa Library with 8 people with a learning disability from Barossa Leisure Options. The group made 3 separate adverts – one about Supakleen, a new kind of music that gets your house clean quickly, another called Quarter Bounders about two kangaroos eating burgers that gave them extra bounce to help them hop to different parts of Australia, and the third one called Superfast...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti. Week 4 of our work here by Matthew Hellett

27 March 2011

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Jackie interviews Matthew and Stephen

 Wow! Our time here is going really quickly! This week on Monday we met up with Jackie Saunders from Tutti, to make an interview with her for a TV station in Melbourne that broadcasts all over Australia. The programme is made by learning disabled people and it is about learning disabled people. It was really nice to have an informative chat with Jackie about her work with Tutti, and about our work with Oska Bright. On Tuesday and Thursday, Stephen and Simon did some work training the Tutti...

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Oska Bright On The Road Australia – Reel 2 Reel residency project in partnership with Tutti

12 March 2011

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Young learning disabled film makers practising camera angles

By Matthew Hellett We have just finished a very successful week of our film making residency. 11 young people with a learning disability attended the training from across Adelaide – there were some people from Tutti choir, Restless Dance Company and some independent young people interested in film. We ran the course in the Marion area of Adelaide. They all created a very interesting film script and their film was called “Cops and Rockers” - we thought the film was very good....

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Oska Bright On The Road – The Launch of Reel 2 Reel project in partnership with Tutti at Adelaide International Film Festival

3 March 2011

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Stephen and Matthew talking at Adelaide Film Festival

5 March 2011 at Mercury Cinema, Adelaide It was a really great day! We got to Mercury at 11 am ready to set up. Simon sorted out our audio description with the technician there, whilst we rehearsed our talk about Oska Bright with Mark. When we were ready we went out for a coffee and then lunch in Adelaide – we went through the red light district! At 2.30 pm we went back to Mercury Cinema to get ready for the launch. We helped Tutti to set up the food and drinks in the foyer of the cinema...

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Stephen Firschman reports on Oska Bright at 'Picture This...' Film Festival, Canada 2011

17 February 2011

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Stephen dressed in a suit with an award for 'The beach hut film'

I arrived in Canada and the first thing that I saw was the snow – it was quite slippery but I enjoyed looking at it. On Saturday 12th February I went to the Picture This ….. Film Festival Award Gala in a nice posh hotel. My job was to talk about Oska Bright, present an Award and pick up some other Awards for film makers who couldn't attend. First of all, I picked up an Award for “The Piano”, a great little film that we screened in Oska Bright 2009. I really like this...

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Oska Bright at St John’s College, Brighton

10 December 2010

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Sarah, Matthew and ADele outside St John's College, Brighton

By Adele King, Sarah Watson and Matthew Hellett We arrived at St John’s College and set up in the Youth Centre there. They had a new plasma screen to show our films on. We started off by doing a power point presentation. Everyone seemed very interested. Then we showed 'Oska Bright 2009 – Films from the West'. People laughed and we sang along with some of the lyrics, especially “Fish and Chips Today” from “Shape Up” and with the sheep from “Desperate...

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Oska Bright at Learning Disability Today, Islington, London

9 December 2010

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Sarah Watson and Matthew Hellett at the Learning Disability Today Event on 8th December 2010

By Sarah Watson and Matthew Hellett It took a long time to get to the Business Design Centre – we ended up having to get a taxi from St Pancras Train Station because there were too many people trying to get onto the tube! When we arrived at the Learning Disability Today event, we spent some time setting up for our screenings. When things got going we went around to all of the stalls and everywhere with key rings and business cards, telling everyone about Oska Bright and where we were...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Liverpool

29 November 2010

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Chris Love and Sarah Watson at the World Museum

We arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday 23rd November at 5.30 pm ready for Dadafest 2010. We checked into the Travelodge central, just across the road from the fantastic World Museum where were going to be showing Oska Bright films the next day. On 24th November we arrived at the World Museum at 8.30 am. We met Rob from Dadafest who helped us get into the Museum where we met the lovely Paul and bubbly Jo. We set up ready for the films. Some of the films we showed we hadn't seen for ages, and seeing...

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Oska Bright presenting an Award at the Flash Forward Film Festival, Oxford on 7th November 2010

9 November 2010

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Sarah Watson and Matthew Hellett with Kevin Smith, Master of Ceremonies at Flash Forward Film Festival 2010

We had a really good day out at this Festival. It was an afternoon screening at VUE cinema. There were lots of films that we liked seeing, in particular: “Let Me In” by Arty Party was a great animation. It started off with a drawn person doing drawings which looked amazing. Then the characters all went home where some really strange things happened. First a man answered his door to lots of strange people and ended up inviting a lady with big boobs and a pizza to watch TV with him....

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Oska Bright put on an event in Jubilee Square, Brighton

27 September 2010

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Matthew Hellett at Brighton's Jubilee Library

By the Oska Bright Steering Committee On Saturday 18th September some of us put on a fund raising event in Jubilee Square in the centre of Brighton. We were trying to let more people know about Carousel's work supporting arts by learning disabled people. We were also trying to raise money so that we can continue our good work helping to show the talents of learning disabled artists. There was the Shut Up and Listen radio show, live music, dancing competitions, an information stand and we...

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Oska Bright July 2010 news

30 July 2010

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Chris Love from Beat Express being manipulated for the new Oska Bright film,

Oska Bright July news by the Oska Bright Steering Committee We are getting ready to go to Liverpool to show Oska Bright films and run a master class at DaDaFest International 2010. The films will be shown at the Treasure House Film Cinema at the World Museum on the 24th November. The master class is the day after. If you live in Liverpool please come along. We even have a film we will be showing there about The Beatles called 'The Story of the Beatles' made by the great Project Ability from...

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