13th edition "Beyond Staring"
From 8 to 12 May 2023

In the Bib Leuven Tweebronnen

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DisABILITY Film Festival 2023

8 - 12 May 2023

#Beyond staring

People with a visible disability often find themselves being stared at. This means that people in wheelchairs, people who make involuntary movements, people who use white canes or people who have protheses are intensely looked at for long periods of time. The starer is often prompted by a mixture of curiosity and maybe even fear, while the staree gets a sense of being abnormal, a sense of not belonging, of being inferior.

Can we go beyond staring within this society? What would this mean? Should we prohibit staring? Can we train our gazes in such a way that we learn to look differently at people with disabilities? Or should we shed a more positive light on staring? Are there aspects of it we want to preserve and that could possibly unite people?

Looking for answers to these questions? Excited for surprising encounters? Or do you just want to lose yourself staring at beautiful moving images on a big screen? If the answer is yes, the 13th edition of the DisABILITY Filmfestival in Leuven is definitely the place to be. Pick up your journal and note down the dates, and feel free to browse through our program!


Personal assistant
Personal assistant
Audio description
Audio description
Sign language interpreter
Sign language interpreter
Guidance from and to the station (in Leuven)
Guidance from and to the station (in Leuven)
Daily Life Assistant
Daily Life Assistant
Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible

Practical information

Everything you should know for a succesful movie night

The 13th edition of the Leuven DisABILITY Film festival takes place from Monday the 8th of May till Friday the 12th of May 2022.

Be careful: the screenings, workshops and lectures all start at varying hours, so check the specific starting hour of the event you want to attend! The same goes for the location: the Leuven DisABILITY Film Festival is organised at the Leuven Public Library (Bibliotheek Tweebronnen). The Leuven DisABILITY Film Festival is a free event. You do not have to pay to attend a screening or to participate in any of the events.

When registering for a screening, you'll be asked if you want to make use of any of our accesibility accomodations. If you have any input on how to ameliorate the festival's accesibility, do not hesitate to contact us.

In order to increase the DisABILITY Filmfestival's visibility in Flanders and enable more people to attend the filmfestival we decided to create a parallel streaming-circuit for Flemish institutions for persons with a disability. Interested? Feel free to contact us!


Some photos from our previous editions

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