The Empowerment Hub project continues apace at Westgate with more members becoming involved at different levels and with different activities as appropriate. It's a great team effort partly funded by a Sussex Community Foundation grant and by the efforts of the members themselves. A great example of the Oyster way of working.
Our film "Time Slip" has won another award this time in Australia. Dawn submitted the film on behalf of Oyster and did all the paperwork so big thanks to her. Time Slip won the Our Story/Awareness class in the Sit Down, Shut Up and Watch! festival held in Australia.
Inspired by the UK’s highly successful Oska Bright Film Festival, Australia’s SDSW has been three years in the making. The festival is aimed at raising awareness in the wider community of a growing international learning disability led screen culture and aims to promote cultural change, inclusion and acceptance of high quality work by filmmakers with a learning disability.
The festival takes place on Friday 31 October 2014 at Angaston Town Hall in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
SDSW received 43 films from around the world. As well as short films made by local South Australian filmmakers submissions came from Victoria and New South Wales, as well as entries from Ireland, England, Germany and Israel.
The Sit Down, Shut Up and Watch Film & New Media Festival Awards, Australia celebrate and acknowledge the work of learning disability filmmakers.
Awards are judged by the Festival Steering Committee on the basis of the quality of the work, the themes and issues presented, and the creativity and originality of each film.
Winner of the Best Awareness Class (Our Story) 2014:
Time Slip – Oyster Project, United Kingdom
'Time Slip' has already won the Our Story class in the Oska Bright International Film Festival 2013. The film is the result of our extensive heritage research project 'Our Histories' funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - click here to view
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