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Griffith City Council’s Community Development Unit is pleased to be bring the 11th Wide Angle Film Festival (formerly Access All Areas Film Festival) to Griffith on Thursday 2 May 2019, showcasing five award winning short films reflecting the lived experiences of people with disability to venues across the country.

Wide Angle Film Festival Director Jacqueline Cosgrove says, “2018 is a transformative year for the Festival. The rebrand steps away from the segregation of people with disability for cultural and recreational experiences. Access All Areas Film Festival did important work in raising awareness about the need for cinema access for people with disability. Rebooted as Wide Angle Film Festival, it now brings the perspectives of people with disability to the whole community.”

Councillor Mike Neville, Chair of the Disability Inclusion and Access Committee said Council is excited to be able to host the Public Festival which is inclusive.

“The Wide Angle Film Festival presents films that include animation, live action, drama, comedy and documentary, and audiences will witness people pushing against barriers, confronting their fears, grappling with huge life events and creating exquisite works of art,” said Councillor Neville.

“We are pleased to have Mary Catanzariti, poet and motivational speaker as our guest speaker for the evening. Mary is an inspirational woman born with Cerebral Palsy who has a can do attitude and her motto is I want the world to know that I’m not afraid to give it a go”.

Councillor Rina Mercuri, member of the Disability Inclusion and Access Committee will welcome attendees on the night, and provide an overview of each film. 

The 2017/18 tour garnered audiences of 40,000 and further growth is expected in 2018/19 as the Festival extends its reach to SA and ACT in addition to NT, QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS.

The Wide Angle Film Festival will be held at Griffith City Library on Thursday May 2, from 5.30pm. Please RSVP online at or call Council on 6962 8100.