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ReelAbilities Cincy presents creative opportunity to local filmmakers



Attention, filmmakers: the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival is now accepting entries from local videographers — professionals and students alike —who are interested in highlighting the lives and stories of individuals with disabilities.
 
Organized by Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, Cincinnati RAFF is now in its third year; however, it’s the first year the festival has conducted an open call for local submissions.
 
“We are so excited to open this call for entries to local filmmakers,” says Debra Pinger, director of ReelAbilities in Cincinnati. “Cincinnati and our region is home to so many artists, story tellers, musicians, actors and filmmakers, and RAFF gives them an important place to showcase their talents. It’s the creatives in our community who will help draw the world’s attention to Cincinnati as a forward-thinking, diverse and inclusive culture.”
 
Cincinnati RAFF is the region’s largest film festival aimed at exploring our differences while recognizing our shared humanity.
 
Anyone living or working within 100 miles of Cincinnati is welcome to submit an entry. Short films 40 minutes or less will be accepted, but films that are 20 minutes or less are preferred. There is no cost to enter.
 
November 1 marks the deadline for submission. Selected films will be screened March 9-12 and highlighted on Local Night, March 12, at the culmination of the festival.
 
“Local stories are at the heart of ReelAbilities because they are the catalyst for community dialogue,” says April Kerley, organizer of Local Night. “Local films are like a familiar homecoming that transforms your experience from virtual reality to reality. It's like being a tourist in your hometown and seeing people and places you recognize in a whole new light.”

Do Good: 

•    Read the Call for Entry to learn more about guidelines for submission.

•    Submit your film. The deadline is November 1.

•    Connect with ReelAbilities Cincinnati by getting involved. 
 

Read more articles by Brittany York.

Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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