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SUPERFEST 2023 FILM SELECTIONS

Superfest 2023 is happening online from Thursday, October 19th to Sunday, October 22nd.

There will be in-person screenings on Saturday, October 21st, at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley and on Sunday, October 22nd, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

More details are coming soon! Meanwhile, read on to discover the blurbs for our 2023 films and mark your calendars!

Explore our Content Warnings/Trigger Warnings list for this year’s films. While we aim for thoroughness, prioritize self-care during viewing.

Abi Palmer Invents the Weather (Light)

UK, 2023 (Documentary/Experimental Short, 10 min)

A black and white cat peers through a hole in a wooden box. Inside the box are plants with small green leaves, and a mini disco ball hangs from above
A black and white cat peers through a hole in a wooden box. Inside the box are plants with small green leaves, and a mini disco ball hangs from above

Abi Palmer offers a unique perspective on spring in this film, blending the literal and abstract.

She captures the essence of the season by creating an environment that her indoor cats can enjoy.

Through a heartfelt voiceover, Palmer expresses her love for her cats and the changing climate.

The film is a curious exploration of disability, weather, and the unspoken moments of life.

“Light” marks the third installment in the “Abi Palmer Invents the Weather” series, showcasing Palmer’s year-long journey to bring the outside world to her indoor feline companions.

As You Are *Best of Festival Award*

USA, 2023 (Dramatic Short, 15 min)

Poster for "As You Are," featuring a cutout picture of two young women in black and white embracing. Behind the cutout is a block of red and a cream background. The film's title and credits are in black and white text.
Poster for “As You Are,” featuring a cutout picture of two young women in black and white embracing. Behind the cutout is a block of red and a cream background. The film’s title and credits are in black and white text.

When a queer couple with different abilities spends their first night together, they face challenges in their relationships related to desire, sexuality, personal freedom, and the true meaning of love.

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Chronic

Canada, 2022 (Dramatic Short, 9 min)

An overhead shot of a woman with brown skin and long black hair in bed. She grimaces and has her eyes shut. White text overlay says "Chronic, inspired by a true story."
An overhead shot of a woman with brown skin and long black hair in bed. She grimaces and has her eyes shut. White text overlay says “Chronic, inspired by a true story.”

After experiencing a traumatic brain injury, a young woman’s healing journey hits a roadblock when her friends push her to attend a birthday party.

Following a re-injury, she begins her fresh start by joining a support group for chronic pain.

Culicidae *Innovation in Craft Award*

Australia, 2022 (Dramatic Short, 6 min)

The Poster for "Culicidae" features a close-up of a white man's face as he wears a breathing machine over his nose. The film's credits are in black text
The Poster for “Culicidae” features a close-up of a white man’s face as he wears a breathing machine over his nose. The film’s credits are in black text

A mosquito buzzing around at night can turn into a fight for life and death.

Fire Through Dry Grass *Directors’ Choice Award*

USA, 2022 (Documentary Feature, 86 min)

Poster for Fire Through Dry Grass with the title in white text. A drawing of the silhouette of a man in a wheelchair is drawn to be on fire. In the silhouette are drawings of other men from the film.
Poster for Fire Through Dry Grass with the title in white text. A drawing of the silhouette of a man in a wheelchair is drawn to be on fire. In the silhouette are drawings of other men from the film.

On a small NYC island, Black and brown disabled artists are battling COVID-19, and the city to safeguarding 500 vulnerable nursing home residents.

Invisible World

USA, 2023 (Experimental Short, 5 min)

Poster for "Invisible World" featuring a low saturation, blueish image of an empty parking lot and mountain range in the background
Poster for “Invisible World” featuring a low saturation, blueish image of an empty parking lot and mountain range in the background

To get a disabled parking permit, a local doctor needs to approve your application. There are six medical conditions that make someone eligible for a permit.

This film documents the filmmaker’s experience with healthcare in Utah.

The video captures her appointment and its aftermath, aiming to reclaim and assert a new perspective on disability and the physical world.

Me If I Were A Woman *Disability Justice Award*

France, 2022 (Dramatic Short, 27 min)

Poster for Of Kisses and Capes with the title and credits in pink text. Two young people lie in bed together. They both have light skin and brown hair, and have the covers pulled up to their waists. They are turned on their sides toward each other. Finn's arm is reaching over and covering part of Isi's arm.
Poster for Of Kisses and Capes with the title and credits in pink text. Two young people lie in bed together. They both have light skin and brown hair and have the covers pulled up to their waists. They are turned on their sides toward each other. Finn’s arm is reaching over and covering part of Isi’s arm.

Juliette, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, is in her first romantic relationship.

However, her love story takes a turn when her mother and doctors push her to have sterilization surgery due to her disability.

With limited time, Juliette must decide and ensure her voice is heard.

Of Kisses and Capes

Germany, 2023 (Dramatic Short, 27 min)

Poster for "Of Kisses and Capes" with the title and credits in pink text. Two young people lie in bed together. They both have light skin and brown hair, and have the covers pulled up to their waists. They are turned on their sides toward each other. Finn's arm is reaching over and covering part of Isi's arm.
Poster for “Of Kisses and Capes” with the title and credits in pink text. Two young people lie in bed together. They both have light skin and brown hair and have the covers pulled up to their waists. They are turned on their sides toward each other. Finn’s arm is reaching over and covering part of Isi’s arm.

Isi and Finn are getting ready for their first intimate experience. However, their relationship faces challenges as their insecurities and communication issues nearly put it at risk.

Take Me Home

USA, 2022 (Dramatic Short, 16 min)

Poster for Take me home with the title and credits in yellow text sideways on the poster. A close up of a young Korean woman with black hair and bangs leaning over a plate and glass at the dining table. She looks off to the side
Poster for Take Me Home with the title and credits in yellow text sideways on the poster. A close-up of a young Korean woman with black hair and bangs leaning over a plate and glass at the dining table. She looks off to the side.

After their mom passes away, a woman with cognitive disabilities and her distant sister have to figure out how to communicate to move forward.

The Beauty of Being Deaf

USA, 2023 (Experimental Short, 3 min)

An Asian person floats upright underwater, his eyes closed and hair flowing in the water. He's shirtless and has top surgery scars across his chest.
An Asian person floats upright underwater, his eyes closed and hair flowing in the water. He’s shirtless and has top surgery scars across his chest.

Chella Man, an artist, director, and author, shares a meditation on Deaf identity and language, set underwater.

(Un)fit to Work

UK, 2022 (Experimental Short, 5 min)

Dark blue lights in an office building illuminate two people touching palms.
Dark blue lights in an office building illuminate two people touching palms.

A disabled mechanic guides us through an imaginary musical journey of 80s disco and ballroom after being denied the chance to apply for his ideal job at the local job center.

Uonted!

Italy, 2018 (Dramatic Short, 13 min)

Poster for "Uonted" with the title and credits in white. The title's U and O are written in red scribbled over the first two letters of Wanted. Two men sit on twin sized beds across from each other
Poster for “Uonted” with the title and credits in white. The title’s U and O are written in red scribbled over the first two letters of Wanted. Two men sit on twin-sized beds across from each other

A group of disabled individuals in a social co-op is buzzing with excitement as they discuss where to go on their next trip.

Tiziano, however, isn’t interested in democratic votes. He has his heart set on visiting CinecittĂ  World, a movie-themed amusement park, to explore the Old West.

What will he come up with when he finds out the attraction is not what he imagined?

We Care

UK, 2022 (Dramatic Short, 16 min)

Poster for We Care features the title and credits in pink and white text. A woman with light skin and dark hair looks to the camera. She is barely lit and looks pensive
The poster for We Care features the title and credits in pink and white text. A woman with light skin and dark hair looks at the camera. She is barely lit and looks pensive

Annie is astonished to discover that her new caregiver is a very masculine man.

This charming and humorous story takes a somber turn with tragic outcomes when Annie is let down by the system designed to look after her.

We Make Film *Advocacy Award*

India, 2021 (Documentary Feature, 80 min)

Poster for We Make Film features the title and credits in yellow text, with an abstract collection of gears, a film reel, a mechanical eye, and a strip of rainbow like the light spectrum
The poster for “We Make Film” features the title and credits in yellow text, with an abstract collection of gears, a film reel, a mechanical eye, and a strip of rainbow-like light spectrum

In the documentary We Make Film, set in three Indian cities, we follow the creative journeys of filmmakers Debopriya, Mijo, and Anuja, all of whom are d/Deaf and disabled.

The film highlights their successes in overcoming accessibility challenges but also sheds light on times when they had to give up on their dreams due to barriers like inaccessible places, exclusive production methods, or difficulties in film education.

While Shweta records their stories, she thinks about her own privileges and revisits the creative partnerships she’s shared with her disabled father over the years.

We Make Film explores the experiences of these four filmmakers, reconsidering accessibility, allyship, and collaboration in today’s filmmaking world, and dreams of a future where creativity is inclusive for everyone.

Whose Voice Is It Anyway *Jury’s Choice Award*

UK, 2022 (Mockumentary Short, 5 min)

A white woman with neon pink hair in a wheelchair holds up a white cup with two handles. Her shirt says "Sarcasm loading, please wait."
A white woman with neon pink hair in a wheelchair holds up a white cup with two handles. Her shirt says “Sarcasm loading, please wait.”

A humorously dark mockumentary follows the stories of two identical 40-year-old women, Lottie and Charlie, both living with athetoid cerebral palsy.

As they celebrate their 40th birthday with loved ones, one is able to communicate and make choices, while the other is not.

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