WORLDEAF Cinema Festival 2010

by Peter D. Marshall

WORLDEAF Cinema Festival – The nominations are in for WORLDEAF
Cinema Festival’s (WDCF) filmmaker award competition taking
place Nov. 4 through 7 at Gallaudet University in Washington,
D.C.  Out of a staggering 173 submissions from 132 filmmakers
from 30 countries, the 11-member judging committee has
selected 17 films from seven countries.

Films were submitted in five professional categories,
including Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best
Mini-15 and Best Film about the Deaf Experience by a Hearing
Filmmaker. The selection reflects the wide variety of subject
matter and storylines created by deaf and hard-of-hearing
filmmakers as well as hearing filmmakers.

From works just nine minutes long to full-length narratives,
the nominated films depict fiction and non-fiction stories,
not just about deaf culture and topics, but the overall human
experience.

The chosen films will be shown during the conference’s daily
film screenings that are open to the public. Winners will be
announced at a special awards ceremony November 6.

Said Dr. Jane Norman, Chair and Director/Producer of WDCF,
“The films chosen are true examples of what deaf cinema has to
offer.  We wanted to bring the deaf experience to a mainstream
audience while also showcasing the talent of these filmmakers.
Their stories tell and show how powerful deaf cinema is and we
hope that people come and enjoy these extraordinary films.”

The nominees from the student film category will be announced
shortly. A schedule of what films will be shown when and the
ticket information for the daily screenings, which are now on
sale online, can be found on the WDCF website at
http://wdcf.gallaudet.edu/home/ticket.html. Additionally,
tickets can be purchased at the Gallaudet University Box
Office.

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