20th Annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival October 20 & 21, Austin, TX

Thank you, William Greer

After 20 years as the Director of the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival, it’s time to bid farewell to the only person to ever hold the job.

A man gazing off camera gives a half-smile.William Greer was a volunteer at CTD when he suggested we attempt a film festival focused on people with disabilities. It was such an intriguing idea that Executive Director Dennis Borel insisted he organize it. After all, there were other film festivals, even some with a disability theme. CTD had zero experience, of course, but we didn’t see that as a deal breaker. We held that first Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival in 2004. And then again, the next year, and then the next... Many stories followed. Read Dennis' full thank you comments to William for a few of them.

Note that CTD will continue to host Cinema Touching Disability, honoring the immense groundwork William has laid to elevate and celebrate the work of people with disabilities on film.

Wrapping up 2023

2023 was a big milestone for Cinema Touching Disability, as we celebrated our 20th year! October 20th and 21st, we gathered at a new (to us) venue, the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, to celebrate our community and enjoy a slate of incredible disability short films from near and far. Read our wrap up of this year's Fest for highlights, photos, competition results, and more!

Right: local musicians with disabilities Gretchen McMahon (center) and Devin Gutierrez (left) provided ambient music throughout the event. Gretchen took a moment to introduce the Celtic harp to Devin and audience member (and fellow musician!) Mary Rose Bushland. Photo by Patty Bushland.

Three smiling people surround a small harp. A woman in the center puts her hand on the shoulder of a young man with a white cane. Her other hand is on the shoulder of a young seated woman with her hands at the harp-strings.

Thank you to our 2023 CTDFF Sponsors!

Amerigroup, an Anthem Company
Superior Healthplan
CDS in Texas
Molina Healthcare
Hart Intercivic
Acara, because we care
In Home Attendant Services
Touch of CLASS
Santos Alliances
State House with Frank Santos

Ted Bose


Upstream Technology  *  HillCo Partners  *  Michael Portman

Texas Medical Association  *  Friends of Ted Bose

American Construction Investigations  *  Amgen

JWH Communications  *  Lynda Frost & Dennis Borel

Sanofi  *  Shield Healthcare  *  Texas Hospital Association

Tom Suehs  *  Treaty Oak Strategies

Joe Bill & DeDe Watkins  *  Matz & Company LLC

Texas Film Commission  *  Arnold Public Affairs  *  Girling Personal Care

Gregg Knaupe  *  Joel B. Eisen & Karen E. Barnes Charitable Fund

Shea Family Charitable Trust

Christa Stevens  *  George Ledbetter  *  Austin Film Festival

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition
1716 San Antonio St.,  | Austin, Texas  78701
512-478-3366 | info@txdisabilities.org

Cinema Touching Disability is a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Federal Tax ID #74-2071160.

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