Bluenose-Ability Film Festival was created to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages, nations and identities to connect, share and gain a greater understanding of disability culture and awareness through the powerful, active medium of film. Every year we come together to celebrate and showcase a spectrum of voices unique to peoples living with disabilities by creating a platform that extends throughout our community and across the world. Film allows people to explore, portray and capture their views and lived experiences in an accessible way - whether you choose to use your cellphone's built in camera or your dusty reel-to-reel, feel comfortable writing a script or are inspired by the spontaneity of everyday events. We extend an invitation to participants of all kinds: those who identify as persons living with disabilities, friends and families of those facing challenges or barriers in regards to mental or physical health, through to whoever else has a message to share - we want to hear from you.
We work year-round to plan and promote our film festival. Our talented core team is dedicated to making BAFF an amazing celebration of arts, culture, and diversity. We also thank our sponsors and community for supporting and attending BAFF each year.
Jake Ivany has a background in producing narrative and documentary films here in Halifax. He's travelled across the country telling diverse stories and now he hopes to continue that work with BAFF. Jake is excited to take on such an incredible opportunity and continue to bring awareness to disability culture in many communities.
Tova Sherman is co-founder and CEO of reachAbility. She has a background in entrepreneurship, community development, hospitality and the voluntary sector. She founded BAFF in 2015 when she saw an opportunity to provide an exciting artistic platform for individuals facing barriers.
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