Oska Bright Lights

Learning-disability film culture is rich with ideas, stories and imagination. But with less than 5% of disabled people working in the UK film industry, getting the work made and seen is a challenge. Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading platform for learning-disability films and filmmakers, is dedicated to celebrating this vibrant art form and increasing representation. This screening of shorts, specially curated for BFI by lead programmer Matthew Hellett, gives a flavour of the range of talent that Oska Bright hosts. Enjoy some festival favourites from the most recent edition which takes place in Brighton and across the UK in March.

Before the screenings begin we will show a pre-recorded introduction from Matthew Hellett, Lead Programmer for Oska Bright Film Festival. We hope to welcome some of the film-makers to the screening.


This Is News Radio
Australia 2020, Dir Andrew Kavanagh, 7min
Two journalists rediscover their passion for the job through their love of music. A look behind the scenes of a busy news radio station.

Australia 2020, Dir Lianen Mackessy, 9min
Met with discrimination, Kira, a young woman with Down syndrome, changes her online appearance to gain employment.

UK 2020, Dirs Eyre and Ely, 15min
Two teenage boys both named Sam, meet at the swings each week to escape their dysfunctional home lives and slowly fall in love.

UK 2020, Dir Josh Merrit, 3min
A sensitive boy struggles to escape the future and preserve a world that doesn’t exist, suffering an asthma attack during a pollution alert.

UK 2021, Dir Guy Harvey, 5min
Michael is called by the government to inspect an insignificant hole in East London. It soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary hole.

The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
UK 2021, Dir Ray Jacobs and Arty Party, 10min
A magical tale of healing. This film reveals how we can learn to live with the secrets of our more than human hearts.

Dancing to Art
UK 2019, Dir Nadira Amrani, 6min
Corali dancers developed dance responses to artworks at Tate Britain enjoying the gallery how they want.

An Irish Goodbye
Northern Ireland 2021, Dir Tom Berkeley, 23min
A black comedy following the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother.

Da Humbug
Northern Ireland 2021, Dir Johnny Schumann, 2min
A heart-warming tale about a grumpy old man who dislikes Christmas. What happens when he receives an unexpected, eye-opening gift?

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The next relaxed screening is:
ILLUMINATING THE WILDERNESS + discussion with artists and makers from Project Art Works
Tuesday 26 April 18:15 NFT3

Relaxed screenings
Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neurodiverse community, their assistants and carers.

  • Customers can select their seats when they arrive in the auditorium. You may sit with your family/friendship group or there are some single seats if you prefer.
  • Please leave space between yourself and other groups and retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.
  • We encourage you to wear a face covering if you are able to.
  • You are welcome to take refreshments into the auditorium but no hot food please.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.
  • No trailers will be shown.
  • The programme will be introduced.
  • Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.
  • You will be able to leave the auditorium and return during the screening.
  • There will be a safe space for customers to use if you need to leave the auditorium.
  • You will be able to make some noise.
  • Please ask us if you need help.