Sydney Film Festival presents Screenability, in partnership with Screen NSW and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, a new platform for screen practitioners with disability leading the narrative. This international program showcases the best of 2017, spanning drama and documentary from Australia, France, New Zealand and the UK, offering insights and unique perspectives on life.

Screenability is designed to boost the participation of under-represented groups in the screen industry. The focus of Screenability is to grow participation via internships with a wide range of industry professionals, showcasing productions by filmmakers with disability in a festival context, and providing best practice in building diversity in the screen industries.

The programming of titles for Screenability has been a stimulating process, and has uncovered creatives with talent and dedication eager to own the disability narrative. There are many films about disability, but today’s projects made by those with lived experience of disability offer the most startling, provocative and authentic cinema.

Sofya Gollan, programmer of the Screenability section of Sydney Film Festival, introduces the Screenability program. 

Presented with     

NSW Government - Family & Community Services logo    Screen NSW logo   Sydney City of Film logo


We welcome all visitors to Sydney Film Festival’s screenings and events, and make every effort to ensure the program is accessible to our whole audience. Our Screenability films have a dedicated accessible printed program: an A5, large print format with a white background and black text. The program will be available online soon. You can also have the program posted to you by emailing or calling 1300 733 733.

Screenability programmer Sofya Gollan will be giving a free talk about these films on Wednesday 17 May, 6.30pm, at Kings Cross Library in Potts Point. Click here to read more and book your place. 

Films in the Screenability program have access information listed on each session page below. In addition, there will be a relaxed screening of My Life as a Zucchini, suitable for ages 10 and above.

For further information on access and inclusion please click here.

Lust For Sight

When a filmmaker is told by his doctor that he can't see colours, he sets out to define what it means to see. The knowledge that he may lose it all fuels his lust for sight.

My Name Is Emily

On Ireland's misty coast, Emily (Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter series) is flung into foster care after her father is institutionalised. She prepares a daring escape.


Pulse is the ambitious debut of the talented Daniel Monks, who writes and stars in this body swap drama blending sci-fi with sexual teen angst and identity crisis.

Short Film

Drumming is Like Thunder

You can take away Duncan Armstrong’s drum kit, but you can’t take away his desire to make music and perform.

Short Film

The Milky Pop Kid

With a twinkle in her eye, actor and disability consultant Jules attempts to share with actor Craig what life is like living with a disability.

Short Film


On the sand dunes of her local beach a female jogger returns to a traumatic place looking for closure.

Filmmakers Making Disability Cinema

Join the filmmakers of Screenability to hear about the inspiration behind their films, and be part of the discussion on what is next for Disability Cinema.