Access All Areas Film Festival to be shown at Bathurst Adventure Playground

LIGHTS, CAMERA: Cheryl Keogh, Michelle Graves and Kath Parnell from Accessible Living Options are ready for a film festival this Sunday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 112817cflmfest1
LIGHTS, CAMERA: Cheryl Keogh, Michelle Graves and Kath Parnell from Accessible Living Options are ready for a film festival this Sunday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 112817cflmfest1

IT will be a film festival with a difference – and a message.

Disability and aged care services provider Accessible Living Options (ALO) is inviting the community to celebrate International Day of People with Disability with an outdoor film festival at the Adventure Playground on Sunday.

The Access All Areas Film Festival (AAAFF) will showcase seven films from Australia, Iran, Finland, Holland and Italy: two animations, two documentaries and three live action films. 

The films, according to ALO community development manager Kath Parnell, will take audiences on a journey of suspense and intrigue, romance, comedy, heart-warming moments and new perspectives.

“Most importantly, this year AAAFF takes a firm step forward by including only films that reflect the lived experience of people with disability,” she said.

The international program of award-winning short films will screen in a range of community venues across Australia, with ALO hosting one of the first screenings.

“We were delighted to be approached by AAAFF to host the program and it made sense to invite everyone to a community event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability,” Accessible Living Options’ executive officer Cheryl Keogh said. 

“At ALO we are passionate about ability and we work together every day to develop programs, service and opportunities for people with disability.

“This seems like a wonderful, inspiring link to what we do every day.”

The film program is flashing light-free and the venue is accessible for people with mobility disability.

The Lions Club will be selling sausage sandwiches and there will be drinks and treats available. 

Families are encouraged to bring a chair or picnic blanket and enjoy a night out.

​The festival will be held this Sunday, December 3. Gates will open at 6pm, the films will screen at 8pm and entry is free.