Oska Bright – the international learning disability led film festival – is to be recognised at Calgary’s 'Picture This' Film festival for their innovation and work to date in the international film arena.
The award will be collected by 23 year old film maker and Oska Bright spokesperson Jason Eade. Jason, who has a learning disability, is making his first journey beyond the UK to collect the award.
Established in 2001, Picture this...film festival is both a competitive and exhibition festival and is widely recognized internationally for featuring films that are about disability and/or films on any subject that were produced, directed and/or written by people with disabilities.
The award Jason will pick up is in recognition of the international work Oska Bright have achieved to date with people with a learning disability. The Canadian award also commemorates the life of Pam Crosby, a long-time member of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Calgary Regional Community Board
Oska Bright offers learning disabled film makers the chance to develop and extend their filmmaking skills through bursaries, networking and training. It has been running since 2004, and screens over 100 films over three days in various categories, attended by over 2,500 people. The next festival takes place in November 2013.
For Jason, and the team of learning disabled film makers that produce Oska Bright, this recognition reinforces their core belief that there is room in the world for a different approach to film appreciation and that preconceptions about learning disability arts need to be challenged.
Jason said: “The award was unexpected and I didn’t imagine I’d have this chance to go to Canada – it will be great to accept it. I think it says how people recognise the work Oska Bright is doing, that we are working hard and getting out there. We really hope we get some more films from Canada – the ones from our last festival were very impressive. I hope that we can bring some film-makers over to our festival this November and keep working in partnership with Picture This. It’s about time the film critics and opinion makers out there took note. Come to our festival and watch our films – we are serious about this and they should be too.”
Director of Carousel- the charity behind Oska Bright - Liz Hall said, "This is a wonderful accolade for us in the run up to our 2013 festival in Brighton. This recognition reinforces their core belief that there is room in the world for a different approach to film appreciation and that preconceptions about learning disability arts need to be challenged. "
Sheryl Lenthall, Director of Picture This adds: “In memory of Pam, and as a reflection of her work and commitment, the Picture This Film Festival has created the Pam Crosby Memorial Award. It will be presented this year to Oska Bright, which has been one of the premier showcases in the world for films made by people with developmental [learning] disabilities. We are proud to have an ongoing collaborative relationship with Oska Bright and are thrilled that their work is being recognized in Calgary through the receipt of the Pam Crosby Memorial Award.”
Oska Bright 2013 takes place in Brighton from 17 – 19 November 2013.
The deadline for film entries is 30 April 2013.
Full details are on the website www.oskabright.co.uk email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 234 734.
Oska Bright is a division of learning disability arts company Carousel, and a partnership with Junk TV.