Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival was created to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages, abilities, and identities to connect with, share in, and gain a greater understanding of disability culture through the power of visual and performing arts. Every year we come together to celebrate and showcase a spectrum of voices unique to peoples living with disabilities by creating a platform that extends throughout our community and across the world. The arts allow people to explore, portray and capture their views and lived experiences in accessible ways, regardless of the medium. We extend an invitation to participants of all kinds: those who identify as persons living with disabilities, friends and families of those facing challenges or barriers in regards to mental or physical health, through to whoever else has a message to share - we want to hear from you.
Our festival has highlighted some of our most silenced and marginalized community members and have given them an opportunity to connect with an audience through the medium of film.
We are expanding and developing BAAFF to include a broader range of art forms such as music, performance & circus arts, visual arts, and comedy, in addition to film. Future festivals will include concerts & performances, interactive workshops, comedy showcases, film screenings, vendors markets, live art demonstrations, panel discussions, social events, and much more. Panel discussions will cover topics such as the changing face of inclusion, how disability informs art processes, art as a healing tool, and creating accessible art spaces. Workshops will be led by local artists and include both professional and amateur skill development across a variety of mediums in areas such as integrating described video into film projects, using art as self care practice, circus for all kinds of bodies, and creative entrepreneurship.
BAAFF strives to be fully accessible in all of our programming, which includes all events being free to public, ASL and CART services at events, physically accessible spaces, and flexibility to accommodate additional needs. Community members with disabilities are underrepresented in audiences for cultural events due to financial and accessibility barriers. By eliminating barriers, BAAFF brings together the true diversity of our community.