Superfest Disability Film Festival will include a screening of eight films, exploring a range of disability experiences and genres, from documentary to sci-fi, and promote authentic representations of the diversity inside disability communities near and far. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers and disability thought leaders exploring voyeurism and disability, both in cinema and other forms of art.
Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970 it has become an eagerly anticipated international event — hosted by the Institute on Disability at San Francisco State. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that prioritizes access for disabled filmgoers of all kinds.
All films will be provided with audio description and captioning, and all live dialogue will be available with live captioning and ASL.
Host of Superfest since 2012, the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University studies and showcases disabled people’s experiences to revolutionize social views. By showcasing these high-quality disability representations in cinema, the institute supports a vision of a society where everyone believes the world is better because of disabled people. Through public education, scholarship and cultural events like Superfest Disability Film Festival, the Longmore Institute shares disability history and theory, promotes critical thinking, and builds a broader community.