April 17 - 19, 2015
Hollywood is making a call to action to involve people with disabilities in the media.
The second annual Disability Film Challenge will be a weekend short film challenge will that will take place on April 17 - April 19, 2015. Entrants will have 48 hours to make a three to five minute film that will feature disability. Rules will be given out on the Friday before the challenge begins. The goal is to further incorporate disabled directors, writers, producers and actors into the film business.
The winning films will screen at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood during the HollyShorts Film Festival this August. The Disability Film Challenge will also set up mentors for the winning films. Peter Farrelly, who directed some of the highest grossing comedies of all time including Dumb and Dumber 1 and 2, Something About Mary, etc will mentor the winner of the Best Film Maker award. Casting director Pam Dixon who cast such films as The Mask of Zorro, City Slickers and Green Lantern will be mentoring the winner of the Best Actor award.
Nic Novicki, the founder of the challenge is a little person actor and producer. According to Novicki, "I have been a working actor for thirteen years, on such shows as Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Drop Dead Diva and Private Practice. As a disabled person myself, I rarely saw disability present either in front of or behind the camera. As a producer, I realized that I have the power to change that and began to create my own projects. Since then, I have produced a multitude of projects and enlisted in the PGA. The reason I started this challenge was to invite others to take their careers into their own hands with the support of seasoned veterans while at the same time creating a gateway for more exposure for people with disabilities in the media."
For more information on the challenge filmmakers can go to the festival website and/or register for the challenge at withoutabox.com. All submissions will be due by April 15th, 2015. All entry fees will be tax deductible through the Disability Film Challenge's partnering charity Friends of Californians with Disabilities.Tweet