The Other Film Festival

Lunchtime-Editorial_TOFF-1MIFF may be done and dusted for another year but cinema fans need not despair as September brings a truly inclusive film event to the CBD.

The Other Film Festival (TOFF) is back in 2016 and will be presented at the State Library of Victoria from September 28 to 30. The event is Australia’s leading disability film festival and features compelling local and international cinema about the lived experience of disability and the deaf community.

The festival aims to change the way disability is thought about and viewed within the community by presenting challenging films from around the world concerning actual experiences of those who live with disability. The 2016 program will feature engaging shorts and a series of thoughtful presentations about diversity in screen culture.

TOFF will present two 120-minute screenings on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 – Our World, Our Shorts on Thursday at 2pm featuring shorts by emerging Australian filmmakers with a disability and What Are You Looking At? on Friday at 12pm with works by local and international artists.

The festival will include industry workshops and presentations such as Respect, Portrayal and Inclusion – a forum with artists who have worked in film and television and a short disability awareness training workshop, and #deaftalent – a provocative talk about authentic casting with Jules Dameron, a deaf filmmaker from the US.

There will also be individual screening pods set up to facilitate personal and authentic engagement with the content.

The biannual festival has been running for over a decade, challenging perceptions and questioning the inclusiveness and authenticity of film culture since 2004. TOFF is deaf and disability led and produced by Arts Access Victoria.

Guaranteed to engage and inspire, block out a long lunch and attend a screening to gain a fresh perspective on disability at TOFF this month.

TOFF will run from Wednesday, September 28 until Friday, September 30 at Experimedia at the State Library of Victoria. All screenings are Auslan interpreted, captioned and audio described and the venue is fully accessible. For program information visit

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