The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival
The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival was initiated at the JCC in Manhattan, in 2007. The festival was the first of its kind to present award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings took place at multiple venues throughout the city and they were followed by discussions that brought together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.
The ReelAbilities Film Festival
In 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio was the first city to follow in New York’s footsteps by hosting a ReelAbilities Film Festival. Since then, the festival has spread to over a dozen cities in North America, and we have received more than 500 films for consideration submitted from across the globe. In 2014, the festival’s national headquarters moved to Cincinnati where it is being managed by a nonprofit, Living Arrangements for Developmentally Disabled (LADD), Inc. In 2017, the national headquarters moved to New York City, where it provides oversight for festival locations throughout North America.
ReelAbilities New Jersey Film Festival
ReelAbilities programs have been presented in multiple locations across the state for the past five years. In 2017, Montclair State University, Kean University, and JCC MetroWest partnered to expand the reach of ReelAbilties programming in Northern New Jersey. Montclair State University will serve as the lead host city location for ReelAbilties New Jersey with additional film screenings and ReelAbilities programming offered at Kean and JCC MetroWest. Stay tuned for more information!