ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States
dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film. The Chicago festival is scheduled for late summer/early fall 2019. Each year we include films with engaging panel discussions, guest speakers, exhibitions, performances, and opening/closing night celebrations.
The purpose of ReelAbilities Chicago is to initiate dialogue and critical thinking about the perception and stereotypes of the disability experience in the Chicago community through the platform of film, art, media and powerful imagery.
ReelAbilities Chicago is hosted by BACKBONES (Chicago’s host organization) – a local nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries. Other partners have included Comcast, Chicago Cultural Center, Kartemquin Films, Victory Gardens Access Project and more.
All events are FREE to the public! Attendees with accessibility needs will be able to request wheelchair seating, audio description, captioning, or a sign language interpreter during the RSVP process.
Status: Planning for 2020 Festival. Previous Festivals in 2015, 2017, 2019.