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Girls in Film x Inclusivity Films: Callout for short films by d/Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent filmmakers

January 2024

We're excited to be collaborating with Girls in Film and hosting a screening to celebrate the work of filmmakers who identify as d/Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent.

If this sounds like you, submit your short film here.
Deadline 16th February 2024.

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TYPICAL? selected for the Northampton Film Festival 2024

January 2024

Thank you to the Northampton Film Festival for selecting Typical? as part of their 2024 Official Selection.

 

Typical? will screen on March 11th and is nominated for an award at the festival.

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TYPICAL? wins the Best First Film (Kat award) at the Together! Disability Film Festival 2023

November 2023

Thank you to the Together! Disability Film Festival for choosing Typical? as part of their 2023 line up and for awarding us with Best First Film.

 

The jury said, “A sensitive and multi-layered exploration of the lived experiences of Disabled people, performed and directed with distinction. We look forward to seeing the next one.”

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NEWBORN screenplay selected for Shockfest 2023

November 2023

Thank you to Shockfest Film Festival 2023 for selecting screenplay NEWBORN into your festival! 

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HEARTBREAK screenplay selected for the
One Minute Story Film Festival 2023

November 2023

Thank you to the One Minute Story Film Festival, a part of the North East Film Festival (USA), for selecting screenplay HEARTBREAK.

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TYPICAL? wins at the UN's Big Syn Film Festival and plays on the Piccadilly Lights 

November 2023

Typical? won Best UK Marginalised Short by a disabled filmmaker at the Big Syn Film Festival. Clips from the film's trailer were shown on the big screens at Piccadilly Circus, London.

Full clip can be found here.

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TYPICAL? selected for
The Film Collective Short Film Festival 2023

October 2023

Thank you to The Film Collective Short Film Festival for selecting Typical? as part of their festival.

The festival “is all about diversity, inclusion and showing films which display a wide variety of subject matters.” We’re so grateful to be selected for this festival! Thank you!

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TYPICAL? nominated for Best Ensemble Cast; The Bull Award; and The Audience Award at the Birmingham Film Festival

October 2023

Thank you to Birmingham Film Festival for selecting Typical? for their 2023 festival.

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TYPICAL? wins a Special Recognition award at Lowestoft Film Festival

October 2023

Short film Typical? won the Special Recognition award at this year's Lowestoft Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for Typical? on our 'Films' page. Typical? is a co-production between Inclusivity Films and Bedazzle inclusive Productions, written and directed by Sarah Leigh. 

 

Sarah also spoke with Shelby Cooke of the FILM EAST podcast ahead of the festival. The episode can be found here.

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Inclusivity Films featured in British Cinematographer magazine Sept/Oct 2023

September 2023

Inclusivity Films are featured in the Sept/Oct edition of British Cinematographer magazine​, as part of their diversity & inclusion feature.

Read the full article here.

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TYPICAL? selected for the Courage Film Festival

September 2023

Thank you to the Courage Film Festival for selecting Typical? for their 2023 festival.

The Courage Film Festival is for "films that make a stand and fight for what they believe is right.” A great fit for our film. They also selected the screenplay at last year's festival.

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Inclusivity Films founder graduates from WFTV scheme

September 2023

Sarah Leigh, founder of Inclusivity Films, has graduated from the Women in Film & Television 2023 mentorship scheme.

Sarah has been mentored by directors in the industry and is excited to continue the relationships she has made on the scheme.

More info here.

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TYPICAL? selected for the Ealing Film Festival 2023

September 2023

Thank you to Ealing Film Festival for choosing Typical as part of their 2023 line up.

Typical? will be screening in November. Details coming soon.

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TYPICAL? in the Official Selection at the Lowestoft Film Festival 2023

September 2023

Thank you to Lowestoft Film Festival for selecting Typical as part of their "It's Giving...Drama" strand at this year's festival.

Typical? will be screening in October. Tickets available here.

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TYPICAL? places as a semi-finalist in Oscar, BAFTA & Canadian Screen-qualifying film festival

August 2023

Short film Typical? was made a semi-finalist in the Oscar, BAFTA & Canadian Screen-qualifying festival, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2023.

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Founder of Inclusivity Films receives the inaugural Kimberley Marren Recognition Award at the London Rolling Film Festival

August 2023

Founder of Inclusivity Films, Sarah Leigh, received the inaugural Kimberley Marren Recognition award at a ceremony in London on August 13th. Sarah was presented the award by The Fan Carpet & the London Rolling Film Festival 'in recognition of her exceptional achievements for inclusivity in the film industry'.  Thank you to Kimberley's family, The Fan Carpet & the London Rolling Film Festival for this honour.

News articles can be found below:
The Fan Carpet
Live London Post


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Inclusivity Films on panel at The Media Production & Technology Show @ Kensington Olympia
May 2023

Sarah Leigh recently chaired a panel on inclusion and accessibility in production alongside Deborah Williams OBE of Creative Diversity Network; Diane Janssen, co-founder of Inclusive Talent (alongside Sarah); and Bryony Moss, actor and advocate.

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Founder Sarah Leigh chosen as a

Women in Film & Television mentee for 2023
January 2023

Sarah has been chosen as a WFTV mentee for 2023 alongside other women in the industry. She recently gave a seminar on accessibility & inclusion in the TV & film industry, and what can be done to make change.

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CALL IT OUT in the Official Selection of the New York International Screenplay Awards
April 2023
 

Thank you to the New York Internationals Screenplay Awards for selecting CALL IT OUT 

LOGLINE: A neurodivergent woman discovers she has powers to stop men who harass her on her daily journey.

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Teaser trailers & GoFundMe released
for micro-documentary
BASIC RIGHTS (w/t)

December 2022

3 x teasers have been released for the forthcoming micro-documentary, Basic Rights (w/t), from Inclusivity Films.

The teasers can be found on the Inclusivity Films Instagram account. A GoFundMe has also been set up to help with finishing / post-production costs.

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ONE DAY screenplay 
Official Selection at Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival 2022

August 2022

Thank you to Flickers’ Rhode Island Film Festival for selecting the One Day screenplay for their festival. RIFF is a BAFTA, Academy Award, & Canadian Screen award qualifying festival. We're excited to have this important script recognised in this way.

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TYPICAL? screenplay Official Selection at the New York International Women Film Festival August 2022

August 2022

Thank you to the New York International Women Film Festival for including the TYPICAL? screenplay in their selection.

Screenplay by Sarah Leigh 

Adapted from the original Edinburgh fringe play “I’m Non-Typical, Typical” by Matthew Hunt

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TYPICAL? shoot success

August 2022

Photography has completed on the Typical? shoot! We achieved at least 50% of cast and crew identifying as d/Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent AND shorter working days. More about the experience and the people involved can be found here.

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TYPICAL? screenplay selected as Screenplay of the Month at the Changing Face International Film Festival

June 2022

The screenplay of Typical? has been selected as ‘Screenplay of the Month’ (May) by the Changing Face International Film Festival. 


The festival select “thought-provoking, challenging, and engaging films, web series, and screenplays that are part of the changing face of film.”


Typical? is written by Sarah Leigh & adapted from Matthew Hunt's stage play, I'm Non-Typical, Typical. It is a co-production between Bedazzle Arts & Inclusivity Films

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Sarah gives talk to the Royal College of Nursing on accessibility to healthcare

June 2022

Founder of Inclusivity Films, Sarah Leigh, was invited to talk at the launch of the 100 years of Learning Disability Nursing exhibition at the Royal College of Nursing in London.


Sarah said “There’s much to do but there are ways to make healthcare more accessible and inclusive & to uphold basic human rights.”


Read more here.


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Inclusivity Films founder featured on Primetime for Neurodiversity Celebration Week

March 2022

Sarah Leigh, founder of Inclusivity Films, was featured on the Primetime network for Neurodiversity celebration Week.

Primetime promote the hiring of inclusive and gender-blanaced creative teams above and below the line.

Read the feature here.

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ScreenSkills award bursary for Directing course @ NFTS

February 2022

Thank you to ScreenSkills who have contributed to the development of Inclusivity Films by awarding a bursary for a Directing course at the National Film & Television School (NFTS).

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Panel event: Creating the Future We Want

February 2022

Sarah was invited to join a panel of industry guests who are all making change in the film world. The event was run by Candid Broads Productions, Kusini Productions, & Track Films and hosted by She's a Rec, in support of The Page One Project.

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Inclusivity Films chosen for Creative UK / BFI's Accelerate cohort 2022

January 2022

Sarah Leigh and Inclusivity Films have been selected for the Creative UK/BFI Accelerate: Film & TV cohort of 2022.

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ONE DAY chosen as a finalist in the
Outstanding Screenplay competition

December, 2021

One Day has been chosen as a finalist in the Outstanding Screenplay short film competition. Finalists all receive feedback from Oscar-winning judges, the latest version of Final Draft and a Screenwriting course from Script Reader Pro.

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Writer's Guild of America - East

December, 2021

One Day & Revolt! are now registered with the WGAE.

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