Oska Bright Film Festival is the world’s leading festival for films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs.
We’re constantly looking at screens. Our phones, the TV, computers. Imagine not seeing someone like you on screen for the majority of your life. To not be able to relate to people portrayed in the media everyday. This is the reality for most learning disabled people. 66% of the public said they hadn't seen someone with a learning disability in a TV drama or comedy and only 12% said they’d seen someone in a film in the past six months.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK and we see a variety of people every day in the real world, so why isn’t that reflected on screen?
Oska Bright Film Festival puts people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs where they should be, on the big screen.
Oska Bright Film Festival was founded in 2004 by a group of learning disabled filmmakers frustrated at having nowhere to show their work. Starting as a one day celebration of work, the festival has since grown hugely in size and impact.
At the most recent festival in November 2017 we showed 66 films from 13 different countries and welcomed 3,600 people through our doors, reaching 212,000 people online. The appetite for this work gets stronger each year.
Oska Bright Film Festival tours the UK and abroad in non-festival years sharing award winning films and features, running workshops and hosting seminars. We have previously partnered with London Short Film Festival, Bristol Encounters, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Tate Modern, Unlimited Festival, Brighton Photo Biennial, HOUSE and Brighton Festival.
The festival is managed and delivered by a team of ten learning disabled artists, all passionate about film and exhibition. It is presented by the award winning learning disability art organisation Carousel, which brings learning disability arts to the front.