ABOUT

Through a celebration of independent cinema, we seek to utilise film as a tool for change, with vital profile raising, film funding and charity donations, at the heart of what we do.

 

At Visability Film Festival we are conscious of gender inequality within film. We believe film festivals have a responsibility to address this disparity. Therefore, inspired by the 5050X2020 film festival movement, we promise to maintain a gender-balanced final selection. At the festival, we will have at least as many films by female identifying filmmakers as male.  ​

 

Launched in 2020 and with big aims for the future, Visability Film Festival aim to curate a film programme that is invigorating to seasoned cinephiles and Sunday sofa streamers alike. With previous film festival experience behind us, as well as charity roles and fundraising expertise, we believe we are well placed to continue to deliver a top tier festival, driven towards true social change.

 

At VFF we’re passionate about providing opportunities for artistic development and personal entertainment throughout the year, not just during our festival season. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @visabilityff and to check out our festival blog for the latest news about upcoming workshops, events and our brand new film club!

MEET THE TEAM

SAM BRIGGS

Co-Director

Sam has worked in social care for 8 years, supporting individuals with a wide range of complex needs to achieve personal independence. Having studied English & Film at the University of East Anglia, he has since assisted behind the scenes with some of the country’s most reputable film festivals, including the UK Film Festival & Norwich Film Festival. As an arts journalist you can find his work in the Guardian, whilst as a critic you can debate his views and credentials at FrameLight. He has worked within script development for both film & theatre, and is driven to unearthing stories that are truly original.

JOEY SZABO-HEMMINGS

Co-Director

Joey is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology with a focus on social justice and inclusivity. He understands the importance of visibility in promoting an inclusive and informed society and thinks film is the perfect vessel for it. Joey has lived in Leiden, The Netherlands for the past 6 years but has recently returned to his beloved England. Although his biggest previous involvement in film festivals was DJing the closing party at the Leiden International Short Film Festival, he couldn't turn down the chance to co-create a festival himself. 

SELECTION COMMITTEE & SCRIPT READERS

WATCHERS - Our dedicated and diverse viewing panel features: film critics, directors, videographers, actors, award winning comedians, scriptwriters and set designers, all of whom are dedicated to helping create a film programme of unparalleled quality that remains true to the festival's core beliefs and values.


READERS - Our hardworking team of script readers features publishers and literary agents, as well as those who have previously worked as script readers for renowned film and theatre companies. They are comprised of writers who have been commissioned for the likes of BBC Radio 4 & ITV 2, in addition to award winning poets and playwrights.