Projects that we support
This extraordinary project, initiated by Break Free Films, is all about generating impact and visibility around young (LGBTQAI+) people with a disability. Components of the Dive Deep project are a high-quality short film, a making-of documentary, an educational programme, and an impact campaign.
One in five people has a visible or invisible disability, and yet this group of people is vastly underrepresented in the media. What makes Dive Deep so extraordinary is that the entire project is created, and will be realized, in close cooperation with a group of emerging talent that have a disability and with members of the LGBTQAI+ community. With the help of the Inclusive Film Foundation, these talents are trained in acting, the art of writing, and gain production experience. They will join the cast and crew as fully paid and respected members of the team, which will earn them the credits they need in order to further a sustainable career.
We are aiming to raise a total 0f 80,000 euros for this project to be spend on its impact campaign, scholing and facilities for cast and crew members with a disability so that they can fully function throughout this project.
Step by Step-impact
This comprehensive project, iniated by WeenerXL and WSD, was created for, by and with a group of newcomers currently residing in and around the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in order to create awareness of the challenges within the Dutch integration process. The project focuses specifically on those with limited job prospectives and consists of an educational programme for these newcomers to train them in the necessary filmmaking skills in order to take their first solid steps within the Dutch film industry, an impressive short film, a documentary and an impact campaign, which also consists of events and talks centered around the themes of this project.
With the support of the Inclusive Film Foundation a large-scale impact campaign can be launched that will provide paid opportunities for these newcomers and increase their job prospects in the film industry. In addition, the impact campaign will trigger discussions on all levels of our society surrounding the problems with the current integration system. It has the great potential to inspire real change and a greater understanding, tolerance and respect between the newcomers and native people of The Netherlands and abroad.
IFF intends to support this project's impact campaign by raising 30,000 euros for it.
Lights Out and Away We Go
Short film | 6 min | Mockumentary
Initiated by Break Free Films
Nominated for the Best Director Award at the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 2021!
An introverted teenager must take matters into his own hands when his overanxious mother, determined to give him the time of his life, makes him watch the first Grand Prix of Zandvoort with her when all he wants is some peace and quiet.
Lights Out and Away We Go pays tribute to all young people in the world feeling smothered by their parents. Parents will always try to act in what they believe is in the best interest of their children. However, they often fail to refrain from projecting their own definition of happiness onto them.
This project was made possible by an amazing cast and crew consisting of upcoming talents and also of members with a disability:
LEAD ACTOR: Guus van Leeuwen (Cerebral Palsy)
WRITER: Mari Sanders (Cerebral Palsy)
WRITING THINK TANK: Nicolette van Polen (Paraplegic)
EDITOR/COLORIST: Fabio van Elswijk (Aspergers Syndrome)
IFF supported this project by donating the time of our boardmembers who helped create this film. IFF also helped arrange facilities, locations and catering.
Short film | 6 min | comedy
Initiated by Break Free Films
In a world where superheroes are no longer needed, Super Cat attempts to convince a confident roller girl otherwise.
Premise: You don’t need to be super to be a hero.
‘SUPER’ Needed is about ‘normies’ - Superheroes - forcing their good intended help onto people who differ from the norm. We want to show that people with a disability, mentally or physically, can do way more than people often think. There is no need to treat us any different.
Members of the cast and crew with a disability
* Nicolette van Polen (Paraplegia/ADD) - Lead Actress (Laura) and Supporting Writer
* Caatje van Leeuwen (Severe Dyslexia) - Actress (Super Cat) and Writer
* Vincent van den Ouden (ADD) - Actor (Johnny Eightpax) and Writer
* Fabio van Elswijk (Aspergers Syndrome) - Editor/Colorist
* Mari Sanders (Cerebral Palsy) - Supporting Writer
* Guus van Leeuwen (Cerebral Palsy) - Supporting Writer
* Anies Souisi (Cerebral Palsy) - Production Support
IFF supported this project by donating the time of our boardmembers who helped create this film. IFF also helped by arranging facilities, locations, catering and support for the cast and crew.