Watch The Harvest (La Cosecha) Online for Free for World Day Against Child Labor 2024

Watch The Harvest (La Cosecha) Online for Free for World Day Against Child Labor 2024

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Watch The Harvest (La Cosecha) Online for Free for World Day Against Child Labor 2024

We are making our powerful documentary The Harvest (La Cosecha) free to watch for the week of World Day Against Child Labor 2024. Executive Produced by Eva Longoria, this eye-opening film sheds light on the realities faced by farmworker children in the United States and is a powerful call for action to close child labor loopholes. Let’s come together to raise awareness and advocate for change!  Click here to watch the film through June 15, 2024.

Since 2015, US child labor violations have increased 300% and, in the last 3 years alone, instead of protecting children, 28 states have sought to roll back child labor laws. In response to this, Shine Global has joined more than 50 organizations in the Campaign to End US Child Labor to call for urgent reform to protect children from dangerous exploitation in the workplace, including in the fields where they harvest the food we all eat.

You can add your voice to the campaign and reach out directly to your legislators to make your voice heard. The campaign has created social media assets to share and a state-level letter-writing campaign for residents of states where rollbacks are in active process and a federal letter campaign which anyone can take part in, anywhere in the US.

Today, June 11th, the End Us Child Labor Campaign and the Child Labor Coalition hosted a Legislative briefing for members of congress and their staff examining the ongoing crisis of expanding hazardous child labor in the U.S. and exploring specific legislative solutions that have emerged from the 118th Congress. In addition to campaign members, speakers included Rep. Dan Kildee, (MI -8, co-chair of the Congressional Child Labor Prevention Task Force), Rep. Hillary Scholten (MI-3, co-chair of the Congressional Child Labor Prevention Task Force), and Jose Velasquez Castellano, former tobacco youth worker, among other supporters and advocates.

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

Meet our Summer 2024 Interns

Meet our Summer 2024 Interns

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Meet our Summer 2024 Interns

Arlan Brannon-Sibley: Content Marketing Intern
Arlan is a third year at the University of Chicago and is pursuing a dual major in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Religious Studies. She hopes to utilize both her passion and knowledge for cultural narratives to effectively engage and resonate with a wide range of audiences as a Marketing Intern. Arlan is particularly attracted to Shine Global’s commitment to amplifying underrepresented stories.

 

Amelia Cuttle: Film Awards Intern
Amelia is a fourth-year screenwriting student at the University of Central Florida. While she has worked on independent sets as a script supervisor, her greatest passion lies in writing and directing. As president of UCF’s chapter of the NationalOrganization for Women (NOW), she is also involved in advocacy work. She is excited to work as the Film Awards Intern for Shine Global as she aligns with their mission of using film to promote societal change. She believes film is the most impactful form of storytelling, and wants to make the impact of her own stories a positive one!

 

Eileen (Herng-Ning) Lu: Outreach & Engagement Intern
Eileen is a recent graduate from Columbia University School of the Arts, where she majored in Film and Media Studies. Passionate about working in the film and media industry and gaining hands-on experience in distribution and publicity, she is especially interested in how films are promoted and released to audiences. Eileen believes that stories of children and marginalized people deserve to be known, and a very effective and impactful way to tell their stories is through films. She is excited to work with the Shine Global team to spread and raise awareness of these stories that need to be told, heard, and seen.

 

Fall 2024 internship opportunities have been posted and the application deadline is July 22, 2024. Learn more about our internship positions at Shine Global here: https://shineglobal.org/internships/

Shine Global Boards Live-Action Short Film ‘Anuja’

Shine Global Boards Live-Action Short Film ‘Anuja’

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Shine Global Boards Live-Action Short Film Anuja

Anuja to Have its World Premiere at Oscar-Qualifying deadCenter Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA | Delhi, IndiaShine Global is pleased to announce we have boarded our first live-action fiction project, Anuja. The short film will have its World Premiere at the Oscar-qualifying 24th annual deadCenter Film Festival, from June 6 to 9, 2024.

Anuja is the brainchild of the husband and wife team of Adam J. Graves and Suchitra Mattai (Cycle Vérité). With Graves directing and Mattai producing, Anuja tells the story of an exceptionally bright 9-year-old orphan, Anuja (Sajda Pathan), who works with her 17-year-old sister Palak (Ananya Shanbhag) at a back-alley garment factory in Delhi, India. When a teacher shows up at the factory, promising Anuja the rare chance to attend an elite boarding school, Anuja finds herself facing external hurdles and inner conflict.

The film was developed in association with the India-based non-profit, Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), founded by Dr. Praveen Nair. After her daughter Mira Nair’s film Salaam Bombay! exposed the harsh conditions of children living on the streets, Dr. Nair was motivated to make a difference in the lives of street and working children in Delhi.

Lead actress Pathan resides in an SBT home that provides shelter and education for girls formerly living on the street and brings her personal experience and passion for acting to the role.  “Sajda is a perfect example of how, given an opportunity, most children can shine and reach unimaginable heights,” said Devika Sharma of Salaam Baalak Trust.  

The non-profit Shine Global improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury, their films include the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning War/Dance (2007) and the Oscar-winning short documentary Inocente (2012). 

“We are proud to join Anuja as Shine Global’s first foray into fiction film,” said MacLaury, Shine Global’s co-founder and Executive Director. “The themes of child labor and girl’s education are compellingly told through Graves’s and Mattai’s beautiful storytelling and the exceptional acting of Pathan, drawing from her personal experiences.”

Director Graves is a philosopher-turned-filmmaker, with an academic background in South Asia Studies and extensive experience working with non-profit organizations throughout India. “One in ten children are subject to child labor,” noted Graves. “We knew there was an important story here that needed to be told.  But we also wanted to capture the magic and mischievousness of childhood itself […] At its heart, this is a film about the love between two sisters.” 

Producer Mattai is a multidisciplinary artist of South Asian descent whose work celebrates the power of women and explores her ancestors’ history as indentured laborers who were brought by the British colonialists to work the fields in Guyana. “It is disquieting to think that forced labor is not a thing of the past, but rather a living present for over 160 million children around the world, who, like Anuja, have to sacrifice their education and hope for a better future just to survive,” said Mattai.

Executive Director of deadCenter Film Festival, Cacky Poarch said, “We are honored to be hosting Anuja’s world premiere at this year’s deadCenter Film Festival.  A portrait of the strength, imagination, and love between two sisters, Anuja speaks to the global scope of our festival and our core mission of inspiring, promoting, and celebrating creativity and community through film.  We can’t wait to share Anuja’s journey with our OKC [Oklahoma City] audiences.”

Rounding out the core team are Aaron Kopp (Saving Face, Liyana, Hunting Ground) and Krushan Naik (Resurgence) who serve as producers on the film. Other producers include Michael Graves, Ksheetij Saini and Alexandra Blaney (Creative Director, Shine Global).  

“This story took shape in collaboration with the community,” Kopp said, “and it recognizes the vitality and ingenuity of two young women who, like so many kids around the world, face near-impossible odds.” 

“It has been a pleasure collaborating with such talented and sensitive storytellers,” Naik said. “Adam and Suchitra have crafted an entertaining and impactful tale.” 

Along with first time actors Pathan and Shanbhag, the film also features popular award-winning Indian television actor, Nagesh Bhonsle, best known internationally for his supporting role as police deputy commissioner, “Vam” in Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel. 

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deadCenter Film Festival
Sat, Jun 8th, 8:30 PM @ Harkins Bricktown Auditorium 14
Sun, Jun 9th, 11:15 AM @ Harkins Bricktown Auditorium 13

Follow Anuja on Instagram: @graves_films
Website: https://www.anujathefilm.com/
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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S RESILIENCE AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

Call for Film Submissions for 2024 Resilience Awards with over $35,000 in prizes

Call for Film Submissions for 2024 Resilience Awards with over $35,000 in prizes

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Shine Global Opens Call for Film Submissions for 2024 Resilience Awards with over $35,000 in prizes

Call For Submissions Closes May 31st
Events in NYC and LA September 9 – October 15

Shine Global is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2024 Resilience Awards. This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity.

Created and produced by Shine Global, the award-winning non-profit production company with the mission to improve children’s lives through powerful storytelling, the awards are open to feature films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination. An open call for submissions of films through the FilmFreeway platform will close on May 31st. The official selections will be announced in September 2024 with film screenings of the nominees scheduled in New York City September 9 – October 10.

The grand prize winner will be announced at an awards show in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures on October 15th. The prize package includes $10,000 cash, $15,000 worth of custom impact campaign services provided by Picture Motion, the leading social impact agency for media and entertainment, and a year-long subscription to the non-theatrical distribution platform Kinema. Additional cash prizes are presented in several categories in partnership with film festivals throughout the year.  The jury is comprised of film industry experts, children’s rights activists, and distinguished youth voices with past jurors including Kay Wilson Stallings (Sesame Workshop), Anita Chandra (RAND Corporation), Brian Walker (Picture Motion), and Jill Burkhart (MGM+). 

“We are honored to be able to continue to shine a light on the incredible stories of children’s resilience,” said Alexandra Blaney, Creative Director of Shine Global. “Through these awards, we aim to empower the next generation of storytellers to make films that inspire audiences to take action to improve children’s lives.”

Past winners include the feature documentaries Name Me Lawand (2023, Directed by Edward Lovelace and produced by Fleur Nieddu) about a young deaf Kurdish boy seeking asylum and a home in the UK and Lift (2022, Directed by David Petersen and produced by Mary Recine) about a remarkable ballet program that enables homeless children to discover the magic of dance, and the short documentary Ayenda (2023, directed by Marie Margolius) about the daring escape of the Afghan girls soccer team from the Taliban and presented in partnership with Heartland Film’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival. View the full list of 2023 nominees and a highlight video at this link.

The awards also recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the well-being of children and families with past honorees including Sesame Street alum Sonia Manzano, DreamWorks Animation President Margie Cohn, YouTube star Graceyn Hollingsworth, Youth Poet Laureate Cydney Brown, and former NFL player Marcellus Wiley. 

Shine Global has also partnered with several film festivals to present awards throughout the year. In addition to the Short Film Prize with Indy Shorts, Shine Global has already announced the Unstoppable Kids prize presented to the animated children’s film Dounia – The Great White North (2024, directed by Marya Zarif and André Kadi and produced by Judith Beauregard) in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival and a Children’s Resilience in Disability Stories Award to Okthanksbye (2022, directed by Nicole Van Kilsdonk and produced by Rogier Kramer) in partnership with ReelAbilities. This summer, Shine Global will be presenting an Emerging Filmmaker award for student filmmakers in partnership with Montclair Film.

The third edition of the awards is sponsored in part by The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures, Sunset Marquis, and Quest Pacifica post production boutique.

Deadlines and Eligibility

All entries must be submitted at https://filmfreeway.com/ShineGlobalResilienceAwards by May 31 at 11:59pm ET. Submissions must be feature-length films of 70 minutes or longer – animation, documentary, or fiction are all eligible – and released in the last year in order to be eligible for nomination. 

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S RESILIENCE AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

Through Our Eyes: Homefront to Broadcast on PBS in May

Through Our Eyes: Homefront to Broadcast on PBS in May

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Through Our Eyes: Homefront to Broadcast on PBS in May

Watch On: Nationwide Public Television (Check local listings)
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May 3, 2024 – Audiences across the US now have the opportunity to experience the powerful documentary film “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” on public television stations nationwide beginning May 1 (check local listings). In the New York metro area, it will air on Sunday, May 19 at 6:30pm on THIRTEEN; Wednesday, May 8 at 5pm on WLIW21; and Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm on NJ PBS and it is streaming on PBS.org. Homefront, directed by Kristi Jacobson and produced by Shine Global, is part of the Sesame Workshop documentary series “Through Our Eyes,” which features short documentaries about the lives and challenges of American families from the perspective of children.

In the US, more than three million children live in homes with service members and veterans who rely on caregiver support. Homefront illustrates the impact of military service on the entire family by sharing the stories of three different families. Gabby, Terry, and Luther all have parents who were injured while serving, and each family has found a way to heal the wounds of war. Homefront shows how Gabby (9), a fierce animal lover with a stock of chickens, rabbits, bees, and dogs, loves her family and faces her fears about her Dad’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD via equine therapy. Terry (10), an enthusiastic boy and his parents, Taniki and Brandon, share their experiences and mental health struggles as they work to heal and help each other cope with depression and PTSD through honest conversation and embracing joy. Luther (9) is a charismatic boy who wants to be “like my dad when I grow up.” His father, Joe, a Navy veteran who lost his leg in an IED explosion, struggles through chronic pain to put family first.

The film is directed by Emmy Award winner Kristi Jacobson (The Election Effect: Anmal, No Accident, A Place at the Table, Solitary) and produced by Shine Global’s Alexandra Blaney and Netsanet Negussie.  “We made this film to bring attention to the experiences of the children of veterans” they said.  “Through the voices of three remarkable kids, we witness the unique struggles that they and their parents go through, as they reconnect and rebuild their families.”

Shine Global’s ultimate goal with the film is to support the physical, social, and emotional health of military families and their children and has already been using the film to raise awareness about the issues military families face every day and to inspire people, communities, and government leaders to support military families.

In a powerful event, one of the film’s protagonists Gabby spoke at the White House about her experience as a military caregiver. It marked the first step in the work to provide effective support to caregivers of all ages with the announcement of nearly 40 public and private sector commitments for new and expanded resources, programs, and financial pledges in support of military-connected caregiver children and youth.

Shine Global also offers a companion discussion guide for the film that is free to download and which can help guide viewers in delving deeper into the issues raised in the film.  Additionally Shine Global hosted two different discussions with experts and activists about the unique mental health needs of military children and families and how to better meet and support them which are available to view online.

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on Max, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

About Catalyst Films
Founded by Emmy Award-winning Director/Producer Kristi Jacobson, Catalyst Films produces non-fiction films, television, and online content. We are committed to telling stories that treat societal issues with nuance, complexity, and high production values. Some of our partners include HBO, HBO Max, Netflix, Discovery Channel, ITVS, PBS, Sundance, Tribeca Enterprises, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Procter & Gamble, Orangetheory Fitness, and more. Equally important to our ambitious creative mission, Catalyst Films leads with conviction to center racial and gender equity, in our effort to challenge and re-shape the documentary industry behind and in front of the camera.

About Sesame Workshop 
Sesame Workshop is the global impact nonprofit behind Sesame Street and so much more. For over 50 years, we have worked at the intersection of education, media, and research, creating joyful experiences that enrich minds and expand hearts, all in service of empowering each generation to build a better world. Our beloved characters, iconic shows, outreach in communities, and more bring playful early learning to families in more than 150 countries and advance our mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org and follow Sesame Workshop on InstagramXFacebook, and TikTok.

Shine Global and ReelAbilities Film Festival Announce Children’s Resilience in Disability Stories Award for Okthanksbye

Shine Global and ReelAbilities Film Festival Announce Children’s Resilience in Disability Stories Award for Okthanksbye

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Shine Global and ReelAbilities Film Festival Announce Children’s Resilience in Disability Stories Award for Okthanksbye

April 11, 2024Shine Global announced that the feature film Okthanksbye, directed by Nicole Van Kilsdonk, has been honored with the Children’s Resilience in Disability Stories Award at ReelAbilities 2024 closing night. This new prize is given to a film that highlights the resilience and strength of children with disabilities.  The winner is awarded $2,500 and an invitation to participate in Shine Global’s upcoming 2024 Resilience Awards events.

In this Netherlands/Belgium/French coming-of-age road movie, two adolescent girls at a boarding school for the deaf, shy Jamie and bold Imane, played by Mae van de Loo and Douae Zine El Abidine both in their film debuts, set off on an unexpected road trip to Paris. When things do not go as planned, and the trip takes an adventurous turn, Jamie must come out of her shell.  The film was Directed and Co-Written by Nicole Van Kilsdonk, with co-writer Lilian Sijbesma and produced by Rogier Kramer.

“Okthanksbye is an empowering portrayal of children’s resilience and friendship” said Shine Global’s Creative Director Alexandra Blaney. “The film not only captivates audiences with its heartwarming story of friendship and self-discovery but also stands as a beacon for representation on screen, featuring deaf actors who authentically portray the journey of Jamie and Imane.”

Since 2007, ReelAbilities Film Festival has been blazing a trail as the nation’s premier festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. With the flagship festival hosted annually in NY, the festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, professional workshops and arts events, as well as a leader in setting the highest standards of accessibility and inclusion in the film industry. The festival is a rare opportunity to put the spotlight on disabled individuals as protagonists, role models, artists and producers, all on the big screen. The festival connects people with and without disabilities in celebration of cinema, diversity and accessibility.  

“ReelAbilities is proud to partner with Shine Global and help raise the bar on disability inclusion in cinema. The intersectionality of disability and children’s resilience opens a door for elevating films on underrepresented topics,” said Isaac Zablocki, director and co-founder of ReelAbilities. 

Shine Global’s annual Resilience Awards honor exceptional films that center around the resilience of children and further the organization’s mission of improving children’s lives by harnessing the power of storytelling. Past winners include the feature documentaries Name Me Lawand (2023, Directed by Edward Lovelace) which was also awarded the ReelAbilities Accessibility Award at Shine Global’s 2023 events, Lift (2022, Directed by David Petersen) and the short documentary Ayenda (2023, directed by Marie Margolius) in partnership with Heartland Film’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival, and the animated children’s film Dounia – The Great White North (2024, directed by Marya Zarif and André Kadi) in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival.  The 2024 call for entries for feature films is currently open on FilmFreeway with a final deadline of May 31, 2024.

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S RESILIENCE AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

About ReelAbilities

ReelAbilities celebrates disability, inclusion and accessibility through wide-ranging international films, riveting conversations, professional workshops and other forms of visual and performing arts.
Founded in NY in 2007, ReelAbilities presents the largest festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. With a flagship festival in New York, affiliate festivals throughout North America, an online streaming platform, industry summit, educational programs and more, ReelAbilities brings the community together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience, and is a leader in setting the highest standards of accessibility and inclusion in the film industry.

About ReelAbilities Industry Summit
DISABILITY INCLUSION AND EQUITY IN FILM + PERFORMING ARTS

Hosted in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, Reelabilities´ industry Summit gathers industry professionals to explore and discuss topics of accessibility, inclusion and representation in all aspects of the film and performing arts industries, and explore beyond the basics into progressive best practices.
Industry leaders, including Disabled creatives, share knowledge and experience providing participants with the tools to elevate accessibility and open pathways to deeper inclusion.  https://reelabilities.org/