The Disabled Film Challenge was founded by actor and comedian Nic Novicki. He's known from his roles in hit shows like Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos, but as a little person he's often the only disabled person in the cast. He's hoping to change Hollywood by promoting inclusion.
I want this film challenge to empower disabled filmmakers, by taking their careers into their own hands with the support of seasoned veterans.
Novicki says this film challenge has grown exponentially every year, and that proves how capable disabled actors, producers and directors are. He points out 1 in 5 people are disabled, however less than one percent are represented in film.
The Disability Film Challenge winners will walk the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theaters before their movies screen on August 19.
Check out the winner of best film. This is "Lefty & Loosey" directed by Zico Abrar and produced by David Harrell. Click the related link to see the other winning movies.
Mentors to the winners of the 2016 Film Challenge include: Casting Director Pam Dixon, Roy Ashton of the Gersh Agency (Castle, Game of Thrones, Bluebloods), writer and producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Lie to Me, Mad Dogs), and writer/producer David Isaacs (MASH, Cheers, Wings).