Sam Downie – Autistic Filmmaker

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SAM DOWNIE is an autistic award-winning filmmaker, and a speaker on Autism and Epilepsy.

Despite the struggles he faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many filmmakers aspire to do, which is, to develop, shoot, edit and screen award-winning films, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.

Sam has taken part in many projects to develop films, such as the Different Voices Neurodiversity Film project from Biggerhouse Film and 104 Films the leaders in Disability Films for Cinema and TV.

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List of Screenings
List of Screenings

 

Screenings :

15th March, 2019 – “Life Magnified”, Arnolfini Cinema, Bristol, UK ( https://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/screening-different-voices-life-magnified )

7th June, 2019 – Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Sheffield, UK ( https://sheffdocfest.com/events/7396 )

27th June, 2019 – Google Developer Group Bristol, JUST EAT, Bristol, UK ( https://www.meetup.com/GDG-Bristol/events/259533551/ )

29th June, 2019 – The Autism Show, EventCity, Manchester, UK ( https://manchester.autismshow.co.uk/whats/hub-theatre-1/#1541676517016-68ff7b61-ad53 )

Forthcoming Screenings :

September, 2019 – Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, UK ( http://encounters-festival.org.uk/ )

September, 2019 – DePict 90 Second Film Challenge, Bristol, UK ( https://www.depict.org/ )

November, 2019 – IMDb New Filmmaker Award, Bath Film Festival, Bath, UK ( https://filmbath.org.uk/awards-submissions/imdb-new-filmmaker-award )

Latest Screening News

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LATEST FILM
CLICK HERE TO VIEW LATEST FILM

Watch the Short Film - Unique Human

Watch my award-winning short 90 second film “Unique Human” developed, shot and edited during the Different Voices 3 neurodiversity film project for people on the Autistic spectrum.

Different Voices - Life Magnified

An ongoing film talent development programme for emerging Neurodiverse film makers and creatives from the Bristol area.

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“…… neurodivergent – i.e. being dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic, or having other learning difficulties or neurological/cognitive conditions, or experiencing yourself as someone whose way of relating to the world and other people is outside of the norm.”

Dr. Daniel Oliver

Different Voices is an ongoing programme of work and is an opportunity for emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol.

  • to foster a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is under represented in mainstream cinema.
  • to explore a wide range of skills covering animation, FX green screen filming, studio work, music production, editing, drama production and scriptwriting.
  • to enable the design of an individual project development plan.
  • to gain an understanding of the film market and opportunities and develop strategies to get films made and build a career in the film industry.
  • to build on our existing community of neurodiverse talent in the region.

This BFI ScreenSkills project was delivered by biggerhouse film with professional development from Alex Usborne at 104 films who are the World Leaders in Disability Cinema,  in association with the Arnolfini, Bristol

Different Voices – Life Magnifed – follows on from the success of the two previous projects which ran in Bristol in 2017. So far 17 short films have been produced, which have been screened in cinema’s at many festivals including Sheffield Doc Fest, the Edinburgh film festival, and Encounters Film Festival in Bristol..

104 Films Sheffield the leaders in Disability Film
Biggerhouse Film Bristol the leader in Disability Film

Sheffield Doc Fest 2019 – Film Screening

On Friday 7th June 2019 at 6pm, 10 Neurodiverse Filmmakers took to the stage at the famous Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield. We delivered an exclusive screening as part of the Different Voices project from 104 Films & Biggerhouse Film. The screening included a showing of my short film “Unique Human” as part of the packed-out event.

*A video of the event, will be online soon*

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
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