Our philosophy

Let cinema be a celebration for all!

A cinematographic celebration for all!

The International Film Festival on Disability is above all else intended to be a festive event for professionals and all audiences.

… and particularly for young people, children, pupils, teenagers, students,… Saying “younger generations carry the future” may be a cliché, but it’s a fact: if the world vision of younger people changes, they become privileged ambassadors, particularly towards their parents, and everyone’s mindset can evolve.

Another festival?!

“I have no mouth and I must scream”, said Harlan Ellison’s fantastic novel. I must scream, yes… or write, or sing, or dance, or play music, or swing the 100 metres freestyle, or climb mountains…

Or be an actor.

Because the International Film Festival on Disability is first and foremost a festival about cinema. It’s not about setting a catalogue or a collection of disabilities such as “disability from all angles” or “the disabled are among us”... (Sorry, I said “disabled” instead of “people with disabilities”. But do these people – because they’re essentially people – need politically correct, or do they need prostheses, help, all-terrain wheelchairs? Or do they need music, books, museums... movies?

The movies, the movies presented during the IFFD, are made by people – some disabled, yes –, about disabled people and most importantly with disabled people. We find quiet characters that are not necessarily mutes... Talkative people who are not necessarily bipolar... And artists... Or movies about artists, with artists, others with technicians... Firstly, movies: long, short, romantic comedies, philosophical tales, satires, dramas, cartoons – for children or not –, documentaries and fictions (and even science fiction!), and some gags in which we do not laugh at the disabled but with them.

To that extent, the encounter of Katia Martin-Maresco, film director herself, with young disabled film students was the first driving force of her commitment and the creation of the festival.

Ultimately, the keyword that guides us is: with...


Marcello Zeppi

President of The Montecatini International Short Film Festival

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  • Our partners
  • Académie de Lyon
  • Lyon University
  • SACD
  • City of Lyon
  • Grand Lyon
  • Handicap International
  • Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Sésame Autisme Rhône Alpes
  • Trisomie 21 Rhône et Métropole de Lyon
  • Cap Emploi
  • APSH34
  • Handirect magazine
  • Radio Aviva
  • Lyon Capitale
  • France TV
  • Bellefaye
  • Fondation Orange
  • Institut Lumière
  • LIP (fonds de dotation)