Film Festival Cardiff

Day 2 – 21 June


Two days of some of the best inclusive films, shorts and discussions. There are free events as well as ticketed screenings across the two days. Explore below. ⬇ 

Where? Chapter, Cardiff
Tuesday 21 June 2022

View the schedule for Day 1: Monday 20 June.



11am – 12.30pm 

We hand over this session to renowned Australian theatre company Back to Back, who will be screening their short film ODDLANDS and a behind the scenes look at how they developed both ODDLANDS and forthcoming feature film Shadow. Joining us via Zoom all the way from Melbourne, there will be a discussion on adapting inclusive theatre to film with the company’s leading lights. A great way to kick off your day! 

Age Rating: Recommended PG
Language: English
Film Access: CC | AD
Q & A / Panel Chat Access: BSL 

Tickets: £6 | £4




1.30pm – 2.40pm 

Our third short film session includes satirical animation, powerful dance, moving drama from Italy and highly inventive, enlightening micro-shorts created by neurodivergent filmmakers.  

  • Stairs – (Mongolia) – produced by Bus Stop Films. 
  • Different Voices 3 (Wales/England) – dir. various, produced by Hijinx and Biggerhouse, with Ffilm Cymru.
  • Artificial Things (England) – produced by StopGap Dance Company.
  • Hold On to Me (Aggrappati a Me – Italy) – dir. Luca Arcidiacono, produced by Grapevine Studio & Studio Chirco.

Age Rating: Recommended 12A
Language: English
Film Access: AD | CC
Tickets: £6 | £4



3.00pm – 4.45pmThe Reason I Jump (USA)

Directed by: Jerry Rothwell 

Produced by: Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee, Al Morrow 

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The documentary blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. 

Age Rating: Cert 12A (BBFC)
Language: English
Access: CC | AD
Tickets: £6| £4

PANEL DISCUSSION – Inclusive film making: the ways forward


5.00pm – 6.00pm 

The idea of inclusive filmmaking and authentic representation is catching on, but there is still a long way to go. In this special discussion session, producers and creatives from Wales, the UK and France will explore how to push things forward and what barriers might be faced along the way. Join us for a lively, open, positive chat where everyone is welcome. 

Panellists include: 
Damien Odoul (director, Theo & The Metamorphosis)
Theo Kermel (actor, Theo & The Metamorphosis)
Justin Melluish (actor, Hijinx & Craith|Hidden)
Dan McGowan (Head of Film, Hijinx)
Nick Andrews (BBC Wales Head of Commissioning)
Hannah Thomas (Producer, Severn Screen)

…and other to be confirmed. 

Age: N/A
Language: English and French (with translation)
Access: BSL
Free | Am Ddim



6.15pm – 7.40pm 

Our final shorts session in Cardiff: three slightly longer short films which include another World Premiere, a bittersweet alternative love story and an award-winning festival hit from Ireland. 

  • An Irish Goodbye (Northern Ireland) – dirs. Tom Berkeley, Ross White; produced by Floodlight Pictures.
  • Love (England) – dir. Jane Ashmore, producer Jess Clark.
  • Glitch – (Wales) dir. Daniel McGowan, produced by Hijinx in partnership with Bad Wolf *World Premiere*.

Following the screenings there will be a Q & A with some of the filmmakers. 

Age Rating: Recommended 15
Language: English
Access: AD | CC
Tickets: £6 | £4




8.15pm – 10.15pmSanctuary (Ireland)

Dir. Len Collin 

Bringing the Cardiff section of Unity Film Festival to a close is this brilliant, hilarious, touching film from Ireland that helped bring about a change in the law. 

Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. 

Following the screening of Sanctuary there will be a Q & A with director Len Collin and actors from the film, in person and online. 

Age Rating: Cert 15 (BBFC)
Language: English
Film Access: CC | AD
Tickets: £6 | £4 


View the schedule for Day 1: Monday 20 June.