SDFF Film Submissions due by Oct. 31, 2023

SDFF Film submissions begin now till Oct 31, 2023, see links for more details

Submit your film for SDFF 2024!

Calling all Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of hearing filmmakers. We want you!! Whether you’re a returning creative or looking to bring your project to the screen for the first time, all levels are welcome. Monetary awards will be available for each genre winner: Documentary, Drama, Thriller/Action, Comedy, and Other.
*There is no limit to the number of submissions per filmmaker.
Navigate to the link in our bio to see the rules, terms, and submission details.
The submission link is open now and closes Oct. 31st.
Submit your film by Oct 31, 2023:



Medical students experience a different sort of challenge at ‘Deaf Strong Hospital’

Yellow sign in background says 'No Voice' as 2 people in yellow shirts check in a patient as part of the program.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Medical students at Strong Memorial Hospital got a one-of-a-kind experience Friday.

The hospital hosted its ‘Deaf Strong Hospital’ event for the first time since 2019. It brings hearing and deaf people together to illustrate to students what deaf individuals, people with hearing loss, or any people who don’t speak English go through when navigating health care systems.

How do they do it? They staff the hospital with members of the deaf community and have hearing individuals who have limited to no knowledge of sign language try and get through an appointment.

“For example, when you go into a waiting room and a deaf person is waiting, they’re constantly watching to see that they’re not missing the person reading their name verbally, since they can’t hear,” National Center for Deaf Health Research’s Kelly Matthews said. “So, they’re trying to read the person’s lips and are constantly watching. So here, [students] watching and waiting for their names to be fingerspelled. So, this is the first time they’re experiencing not knowing when their name is actually being called.”

Students also received a lecture about deaf culture and health care disparities. Officials with the hospital say the combination of the lecture and the simulation give students a good idea of the challenges deaf individuals go through.


Newark Public Engagement about Newark Free Library redesign (Sept 14 and 16, 2023 – Newark)

Public Engagement about the Newark Free Library on Sept 14 at 6:30-8pm (at Newark Senior Center) and Sept 16 at 10:30a-12pm (at the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder).  ASL Interpreters provided.

Upcoming Public Meetings on the New Newark Library

The Newark Free Library will be experiencing a major upgrade in the next few years. The present building will be torn down, and a two-story facility twice its size is being designed for the current site.

New Castle County has scheduled public meetings about the new library for
Sept. 14 and 16. The county values your input, and an American Sign Language interpreter will be provided at both events. 

At the meetings, the architectural firm engaged for the library project, will hold interactive sessions to gather information about the design features most important to library patrons. For more information, see the graphic below.  


Intro to Flow Yoga (Middletown – Fall 2023)

Intro to Flow yoga in Middletown, DE.  4 classes, open to deaf community.  more info, go to

New to yoga? This is the class for you! Join with me to learn common flow poses, sun salutations, alignment, breathing techniques, and how to use props, setting you up for a successful yoga practice. $40 for all four classes (2 for $20) – book your spot.
This class is open to all and accessible for the deaf community!
Class will be ROOM TEMP
Bring your yoga mat, water and a towel. If you do not have a yoga mat we have a few to lend.
Come Flow with me 🧘‍♀️

Calling Deaf Film Entries!

Calling for Deaf Film Entries, March 15-April 15, 2024.  Deadline is Feb 11, 2024.  See link below for more info.

Entries are now open! With the call for “The Preservation of Sign Language”, DEAF, Inc. is hosting its 5th annual 1904 Deaf Film Festival from March 15- April 15, 2024. We invite you to submit your films to:
Deadline: February 11, 2024. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the film festival coordinator, Hope Shrake at

Film Casting Opportunity (Philadelphia – Sept. 18, 2023)

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Seeking people 18+ (to play 20s-30s) with disabilities to share their experience with technology and entertainment. Talent will all disabilities encouraged to submit, especially low vision and D/deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals. 

Project will shoot in the Philadelphia area, participants must be able to work as a Philadelphia local, on 9/18.
This project is non-union.  If after an initial interview and potential callback, talent is selected for the project it will pay $500 for the shoot day and $1,225 when it is used. 1 Year of usage. 
If interested, please email: with a recent photo and introduction. Please note Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick referred you.
Thanks so much!