Ways to Get Involved
Sponsor or Partner
ReelAbilities Film Festivals and Programming would not exist or be possible without the support of our sponsors and partners. From funding to venues to in-kind donations, they are what continuously build and strengthen ReelAbilities year to year. Please see our sponsors and partners below. You may click on most images and be directed to the respective sponsor’s website to learn more.
Volunteering for ReelAbilities Film Festival is a terrific way to get involved in this exciting initiative from its first stages! The commitment and generosity of our volunteers is the foundation that makes our festival a great success. Volunteering at our festival is hard work, but also lots of fun – you can meet filmmakers from around the world, interact with our engaged audience and watch great movies! Please join us to make this festival shine.
Donating to ReelAbilities helps us to maintain quality programming and further our efforts to a more inclusive and accessible community. Your donation could go toward a new film screening, bringing in a celebrity, equipment costs, making an event more accessible and more! Every bit of help you can give counts. Through the collective contributions of each of us, we can do great things.
Press & Media Resources
We would love for you to promote our festival, whether you’re a reporter, a blogger, or a community leader. It’s people like you that help us get connected with others in the community.
For press inquiries and promotional opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival Celebrates the Role of Individuals with Disabilities in Film
Official Selections Announced; Registration Now Open for
March 21-29, 2018 Festival
2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival Celebrates Determination and Unique Perspectives
Official Selections Announced; Tickets On Sale Now for
March 29-April 6, 2017 Festival
In the News
baystateparent Magazine – September 25, 2017
Boston Film Festival Promotes Awareness, Appreciation of People with Disabilities
Eye-opening, thought-provoking, a catalyst for enriching conversation. This is what the ReelAbilities Film Festival promises audiences each year as the largest festival in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.
Scout Somerville – April 4, 2017
ReelAbilities Film Festival Brings Experiences of the Differently Abled to the Screen
For the past week, theaters and event spaces throughout Greater Boston have been sharing oft-overlooked on-screen perspectives thanks to the 2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival.
Hoping to highlight diverse voices from the differently abled, organizers debuted ReelAbilities in New York City in 2007. The festival has grown over the last decade, and now, many major cities—from Pittsburgh to Portland to Toronto—host their own. At a little over a week long, Boston’s is one of the largest, according to festival director Mara Bresnahan.
Cambridge Day – April 3, 2017
ReelAbilities Brings Three of its Final Films, Including Docs on Blindness, Race Bombing
The 2017 ReelAbilities Film Festival comes to Cambridge and Somerville to wrap up the year: “Notes on Blindness” screens at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brattle, and “Rachel Is” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library. The festival ends with “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing,” an HBO documentary made with The Boston Globe, in a 7 p.m. Thursday showing that includes a talk with two subjects of the film and Globe reporter Eric Moskowitz.
Boston Globe – March 24, 2017
ReelAbilities Film Festival Aims to Spark Dialogue
“Life, Animated” (screens Wednesday at the Museum of Science), Roger Ross Williams’s documentary about communicating with an austistic boy through Disney animated movies, is among Bresnahan’s favorites of the 10 she has programmed for this year’s festival.
Improper Bostonian – March 10, 2017
Grab some popcorn and clear your schedules—Boston boasts enough film festivals to keep you on the edge of your seat this spring.
Metro – March 9, 2017
Four Festivals Coming to Boston This Spring
There’s nothing some of us love more than spending a lovely spring day inside a dark movie theatre. To local cineastes the annual thaw means the start of Boston’s busy film festival season, and here’s a small sampler of cinematic happenings.