UNIQUE HUMAN - Short Film about Autism

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Unique Human is a part animated short film by Autistic filmmaker Sam Downie. It gives a short glimpse into the world of Autism, and is based loosely on the infamous “Think Different” commercial from Apple Computer in 1997. This film features snapshots/portraits of Adults with Autism.

Unique Human (the film) reminds you to celebrate Neurodiversity and Difference. A short simple message, to encourage change and action.

For cinema, the sound is mixed in 5.1 Dolby.

Film Funding :

In January 2019, 104 Films (Sheffield) & Biggerhouse Film (Bristol) commissioned a short film project to explore the possibility of making a short film, to give a general audience a small window into the condition of Autism, and Neurodiversity.

This film and project had funding from ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Unique Human was screened at:

  • Arnolfini , Bristol
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Sheffield
  • JUST EAT, Bristol
  • The Autism Show 2019, Manchester
  • Encounters Film Festival 2019 @ Watershed , Bristol
  • Inclusion (Disability) Festival 2019, North Wales
  • The ICA, London
Big Jeff Bristol
BFI funding ScreenSkills Funding 104 Films Biggerhouse Bristol Unesco Film City disability short film Blakwave channel 4

Sam Downie is a polymath. He’s a neurodivergent Filmmaker, Actor and Voice-Over. Despite the struggles Sam 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.