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  • Writer's pictureDan Sanguineti

Finalist - 2022 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards

Filmmaking is for everyone. Inclusion is everything.

I'm proud to share that I am a finalist for 2022 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards in 2 categories.

- Achievement in Inclusion - Dan Sanguineti (@aieedu & @busstopfilms)

- Inclusion in Education and Training - @busstopfilms

#InclusiveFilmmaking is about #ability & #acceptance. It's about embracing a diversity of ideas and perspectives, not just in story, character or script, but also in a way the film's lighting, production design, camera movement and editing are all put together. It's about collaboration.

Being an Inclusive Filmmaker requires giving value to people with disability in your cast, crew and production offices. It means thinking beyond just casting someone on screen with a physical disability. It means acknowledging. It means consulting. It means asking questions. It means mentoring. It means being kind & welcoming. It means being understanding. It means making way for the entire spectrum of voices.

Through my own life challenges, I realised how difficult it had been for me to achieve my filmmaking ambitions. I found that I was resilient. I often fell, and I would just get up and keep going.

So it became my desire to help filmmakers avoid similar obstacles. I want all filmmakers to feel empowered to achieve. All the work I do, is to support that vision, and hopefully make some cool films along the way.

My own story with disability, particularly acknowledging and accepting it as representation of who I am, is only really at a beginning. After finally receiving a diagnosis for Autism and ADHD last year, I was made to feel validated and heard. It gave me the self understanding I needed. All my life, I knew I was different in some way. Now I've begun to understand how I can look after myself better.

To the people who have stuck by me, supported me & held me up when I couldn't, thank you. Your support has meant I can support others.

I wish the absolute best to all individuals & organisations who are finalists for 2022 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards


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