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We are the Oska Bright steering committee and in this blog you will find about our experience of taking our film festival across the UK and abroad. Go to the dao directory for a link to the Oska Bright website. You can also read about the next Festival, which takes place in 2013, and find details of how to enter your own film.

Three weeks to go until our fabulous 2009 Oska Bright Film Festival, have you bought your tickets yet?

27 October 2009

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Members of the Oska Bright Steering Committee

If not then you could miss out on our biggest ever collection of amazing animations, comedies, documentaries, dramas, soap operas, dance films as well as the exciting awards ceremony and party. Oska Bright is a great chance for learning disabled film makers to meet and talk to each other, have fun watching each others films and to celebrate learning disability film. We have been working hard for the past 2 years to make this festival the biggest and most exciting ever. We are proud of all the...

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Oska Bright Outreach - Presentations to Day Centres and others By Matthew Hellett

24 September 2009

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Oska Bright Committee presenting outreach talks

Oska Bright 2009 starts on Tuesday the 17 November and runs through to Thursday 19 November. It is at The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS. You can see what is going on by looking at our website at www.oskabright.co.uk or by calling us at Carousel on 01273 234734. Those of us from Oska Bright Steering Committee who have been doing this outreach are Sarah Watson, Matthew Hellett and Chris Love. We have enjoyed doing this and we have learned about how to put a power point...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Newcastle Tyneside Cinema, July 2009

30 July 2009

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Matthew Hellet outside Newcastle Train Station

On Monday 27th July we arrived at Newcastle Train Station – our train was 6 minutes early! We settled in to our Premier Inn Hotel, and went out for a quiet drink and a meal. It was very nice.   The next morning we went to the Tyneside Cinema and gave a presentation about Oska Bright to the Summer MovIES event there. Then we showed some films from the Oska Bright Archive. When the films finished we did a Question and Answer session. They asked us some interesting questions about our...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Cardiff

17 June 2009

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A young woman with red hair and a tall balding man are standing in front of the Oska Bright cinema screen

Wales Millennium Centre – Unity Festival By Matthew Hellett and Sarah Watson We left Brighton at 12 mid day. We arrived in Cardiff at 5.30 pm and checked into a Travel Lodge in the relaxing Cardiff Bay. We went to dinner at 7 pm at Wagamama and had a few beers at a local pub. It was Sarah's first time in Wagamama and she liked the food, but not the dessert! The next day we got up bright and early ready to run our film making master class. 21 people came to the master class – it was...

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Oska Bright On The Road – University of Kent, Canterbury, May 2009

21 May 2009

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Matthew Hellett at Canterbury University

By Matthew Hellett   Simon and Mark picked me up at 10.00 am on a beautiful sunny day and we drove at top speed in the direction of Canterbury with just enough time to stop off at FAB’s Diner on the A20.   We arrived at the University at 12.30 where we met Kate, who helped us set up.   We relaxed for a while until the audience arrived at 2 pm. I started by introducing myself, explaining the work I do as Mrs Sparkle, and then showing them my film,...

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Oska Bright – ‘On the Road’ – Picture This Film Festival

18 February 2009

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Calgary, Canada. 6th – 11th February 2009 By Matthew Hellett Friday 6th February An early start, barely awake we caught the bus to Heathrow. The flight left 1.30pm and the plane was half full so the airline rearranged our seating so that we were next to a window. This was amazing because for much of the journey we were flying over arctic ice which was beautiful to see. We arrived 10 and a half hours later, 4pm Canadian time. We had been awake for 16 hours but decided to go out, visit some...

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Oska Bright On The Road

22 January 2009

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June Hall and Stephen Firshman from Oska Bright Committee at The Cutt Arts Centre in Halesworth, Suffolk

Oska Bright On the Road began with a trip to Penzance in November 2007 and continues until the end of 2008. Oska Bright team inside the Cutt Theatre We are the Oska Bright steering committee and we want to tell you about taking our film festival across the UK and abroad. Last year the festival happened over two days at the Old Market in Brighton and was an outstanding success. You can click on the following links to read a review of Oska Bright 2007 or an up to date list of the tour Last year...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester

10 December 2008

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Stephen Firshman from the Oska steering committee with two film makers from the master class.

By Stephen Firshman We drove in our hired car to Leicester. I was the only Oska Bright committee member working on this event, so I knew I would have to work hard. We checked into our hotel and it was quite nice. On Monday we showed the Oska Bright films at the Richard Attenborough Centre. I thought that the Richard Attenborough Centre was a very nice place. We met Juliet who helped us set up the films. She worked with us for the day and she did a very good job. The people who came to see the...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Dance for Camera Festival, Brighton

5 December 2008

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By Matthew Hellett We chose some dance and performance films from the Oska Bright Library to show at this festival, organised by South East Dance. We were very honoured to be invited to show some Oska Bright films here. We chose these film because the music in all of these films makes us feel happy and feel like dancing. “Amarillo” is a happy dance and it makes everyone feel like joining in. “I Saw a Girl” was voted the best film of the 2007 Oska Bright Film Festival,...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Learning Disability Today Conference, London

27 November 2008

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Chris Love and Sarah Watson introducing some of the films at the Business Design Centre.

By Sarah Watson and Chris Love We met at Brighton Train Station at 8.30 am and went straight to Kings Cross and St Pancras, then on to the Angel station on the underground. Then we went over to the Business Design Centre in Islington where the conference was. We set up all of the stuff and discussed what we were going to do. We had tea and lots of water because it was so hot. We went all around the Learning Disability Today Conference and did some networking, telling everyone about Oska Bright...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Prague, Czech Republic

13 November 2008

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Matthew Hellett as his alter ego, Mrs Sparkle, together with 2 Czech film makers.

By Matthew Hellett On Tuesday the 11th November we arrived in Prague and were taken to our Hostel. We unpacked our things and went to lunch. That evening we went to the Aero Cinema for the Opening Night of The Normal Festival. They had a launch party for The Normal Festival and Oska Bright were special guests. I talked to the audience about Oska Bright and what we do. Then I got asked by Marketa and Lenka about my film, 'Sparkle' – so I told them about my film and showed it. There were a...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Cineworld in Hull

22 October 2008

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Chris Love and June Hall standing outside Hull Cineworld after presenting Oska Bright screenings in the cinema.

by June Hall and Chris Love We left Brighton for Hull, driving up the M1 to our Premier Inn Hotel. The next day we got up early and went to Cineworld to get ready to show the films. The cinema was really nice and the people there were friendly and very helpful. We met Sharon Rudkin who had done all the organising in Hull. She was very friendly. Hull Truck Theatre Company lent us a light for our sign language interpreter. It was very kind of them. Well over a hundred people came to see the...

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Oska Bright On The Road - Salisbury Arts Centre

9 October 2008

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Stephen Firshman and June Hall editing with Luke Powell.

By June Hall Mark, Simon and Luke picked me up from my house in the van. After that we went to Redhill to get Stephen. Then we drove to Salisbury to Salisbury Arts Centre. Stephen ran the Master Class for 20 people, and I did some filming around the building for our “On The Road” film. We made some signs for the film and coloured them in. In the evening we went to a restaurant and had some really nice food. The next day we showed the Oska Bright films to lots of people. 185 people...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Torbay

24 September 2008

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Stephen Firshman, Oska committee member giving an interview on South Devon College Radio.

By Chris Love We left Brighton and drove to Torbay, picking up Stephen from Redhill on the way. It was a long way to drive, but we enjoyed it. On Tuesday the 23rd of September, we drove to South Devon College to get ready to screen our films there, as part of the 2008 English Rivera International Comedy Film Festival. The screenings were really enjoyable – everyone enjoyed seeing the Oska Bright films. I introduced each screening of films with Stephen and we showed everyone our Lottery...

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Oska Bright On The Road – The Watershed, Bristol

10 September 2008

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Oska Bright On the Road audience at the Watershed, Bristol.

By June Hall and Matthew Hellett We arrived in Bristol on Tuesday the 9th September to run our Master Class at a place called the Arnolfini. An extremely enthusiastic and lively bunch of 19 artists from Firebird Theatre and Artists First were in the workshop. Our Master Class went very well – lots of keen people asked questions and we almost ran out of time! We have high hopes of them making a film for Oska Bright 2009 and we have our fingers crossed. On Wednesday the 10th of September we...

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Oska Bright On The Road – DadaFest, Liverpool

5 September 2008

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Matthew Hellett and Richard West stand outside the entrance to DadaFest 2008.

By Matthew Hellett We travelled to Liverpool after we finished our exciting screening with Prism Arts in Carlisle. On the first day we ran the Master Class at a place called The A Foundation. 25 people came along to the workshop and it went very well – even though it was a small room and we had to stand on chairs to be seen! It was a bit overwhelming, but everyone said that they really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. We can’t wait to see if these people will make films for us!...

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Oska Bright On The Road – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

3 September 2008

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Matthew Hellett and Richard West with the mayor of Carlisle.

By Matthew Hellett We arrived in Carlisle to meet Peter Telford from Prism Arts. He took us out for a nice meal. We talked about Oska Bright and winning the National Lottery Award 2008 for Best Arts Project. Peter told us all about Prism Arts and their fantastic work across Cumbria. The next day was our master class. We drove to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery where it was held. 16 people came along to learn about making short films. All of the people were very excited. We think they will...

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Winning our National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2008 at the BBC Television Studios, London

30 August 2008

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Mark Richardson and Matthew Hellett with the National Lottery award at the BBC in London.

By Matthew Hellett We were shortlisted for the Best Arts Project 2008 by the National Lottery Awards, along with two other fantastic arts projects. We went along to the BBC Studios on Saturday the 30th August. We had champagne and we met lots of celebrities. We didn't know who they all were – so we had to keep asking them. We sat in the audience for the programme. We were feeling nervous and excited. It all seemed a bit like a dream. When they announced that we had won I just couldn't...

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Cardiff Millenium Centre

7 June 2008

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Oska Bright Committee members Stephen Firshman and Matthew Hellett standing outside Wales Millenium Centre wearing Oska Bright T-shirts.

By Matthew Hellett and Stephen Firshman We did our screenings at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. We had a good audience of just over 130 people. We interviewed and talked to audiences for our film about Oska Bright On The Road in Wales. We asked them: * 1. Did they enjoy the films that they’d seen? * 2. What was their favourite film? * 3. Did seeing the films make you want to make your own film? In the afternoon quite a lot of people said that they were inspired to make their own films....

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

7 June 2008

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Oska Bright crew outside Aberystwyth Arts Centre. From left to right: Mark Richardson, Stephen Firshman, Matthew Hellett, Simon Wilkinson.

By Matthew Hellett We arrived at Aberystwyth in sunshine. The screenings were at Aberystwyth Arts Centre at the University. We did 2 screenings in the afternoon. Lots of people booked tickets, but didn’t turn up because their transport let them down. The small audience that was there really enjoyed it. We think that this is a good example of how useful our Mobile Cinema will be in getting films to people who have such problems with transport. The Master Class went very well for the 10...

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Inverness at Eden Court Cinema and Theatre

16 May 2008

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Andy and Matthew sitting on the ground under a film still from The Royal Bite at Eden Court Cinema in Inverness

By Andy Kee and Matthew Hellett Andy and Matthew sitting on the ground under a film still from The Royal Bite at Eden Court Cinema in Inverness After our work at Glasgow had ended, we drove up to Inverness. We were based at Eden Court Cinema and Theatre in the centre of Inverness by the river. This new venue was superb. There was a great size cinema and the staff were really helpful. This helped put us at our ease to deliver great screenings. 110 people from across the Highlands came to see the...

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Glasgow Film Theatre

14 May 2008

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Andy Kee and Matthew Hellett standing outside Glasgow Film Theatre

By Andy Kee and Matthew Hellett We showed the Oska Bright films at the Glasgow Film Theatre – a very old cinema built in the 1930’s. People came to see the Oska Bright screenings over 2 days. They were very enthusiastic and we sold lots of Oska Bright T-shirts and key rings. On our last day we ran a Master Class at Project Ability. 12 people took part in the workshop. We showed them how to make a short film for Oska Bright. The film they made was about “Dr Jones”. Quite...

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Lancaster Screening at Beaumont College

2 May 2008

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Oska Bright Masterclass participants with June Hall and Stephen Firshman

By June Hall and Stephen Firshman The drive to Lancaster took a long time, when we got there we went to our hotel and met Jenny from Beaumont College for dinner. The next day we showed our films to over 260 people at Beaumont College and then showed them again in the evening to lots of visitors from organisations in Lancaster. June worked with Luke from Junk TV to make a film of what people thought of the films and Stephen worked on introducing the films. The next day we ran the Oska Bright...

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Wolverhampton Disability Film Festival

18 April 2008

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Richard West and Matthew Hellett

By Matthew Hellett and Richard West We left Brighton at 8am to drive to Wolverhampton stopping at Oxford Services for a coffee and a bite to eat on the way. When we arrived in Wolverhampton we arrived at a very nice arts centre called Newhampton Arts Centre; Matthew gave a brief interview on Wolverhampton Community Radio about 'Oska Bright - On the Road' and then we ran the master class with 15 people. After the master class Simon went to pick up Richard from the train station whilst Matthew...

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Borderlines Film Festival with DASh, Hereford

10 April 2008

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By Stephen Firshman When the mini bus arrived at my house to take me to the Borderlines Film Festival I was still in bed and feeling very sleepy. We were taking Oska Bright 'On The Road' to be part of the festival at The Courtyard in Hereford. It took five hours to get to Hereford and when we arrived we got everything ready for the Oska Bright master class. 20 people came to the workshop which went very well. After the workshop we went to the hotel which had nice big rooms. In the evening we...

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