19th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition Oct. 14 & 15, 2022. Lost Reel Short Film Showcase Aug. 16 - Sept. 15, 2022

Get your tickets now for Cinema Touching Disability!

Cinema Touching Disability is back for our 19th year, and we're so excited to be holding our Fest in person! Join us at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar this Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15, for two nights of fantastic disability film, fun, and community.

We've still got space, but tickets are selling fast!

On a bridge with a train rolling by are a pair of dancers. One is in a power chair, and he holds up one hand of the other, who leans back across his knee and lifts one leg high in the air.

Body Shift Collective

Dramatically lit and in front of a dark curtain stands a man flanked by two women, arm in arm, singing or laughing deviously. One leans to side on her cane and all hold champagne glasses.

IMPERFECT, Friday night feature film

Three women lie on a turquoise surface, their heads together and arms swirling in one direction, resembling a kaleidoscopic image. One woman's face is visible and she smiles at the others.

Anjela, short film competition finalist

A figure in a puffy yellow jacket that obscures his face dances on crutches in front of a curving concrete wall. He is suspended on one crutch, one arm and leg wrapped around it, while his other crutch, arm, and leg unwind in front of him.

CRUTCH, Saturday night feature film

Don't miss this year's feature films, short film competition winners, and live performances!

  • Friday evening, come out early for a pre-show dance with Body Shift Collective! They'll be gracing us with a pop-up performance at 5:45 in front of the Drafthouse, before theater doors open at 6.
  • Friday feature film IMPERECT (2021) follows Phamaly, a Denver theatre company for disabled actors, as they mount a production of the legendary musical, Chicago.
  • After Friday's feature, stick around for selections from Austin's own inclusive theater company, TILT Performance Group! Tilt is gearing up for their world premiere of STRANGE FACES on October 29, but you can get a sneak preview of this exciting new musical at Cinema Touching Disability!
  • Saturday feature film CRUTCH (2020) chronicles the gravity defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate punk—on crutches.
  • Saturday evening, meet us back outside the Drafthouse at 5:45 for a pre-show performance by Bill Shannon, star of CRUTCH! Bill will also join us following his film for an audience Q&A.
  • Both nights, catch winning entries from our international short film competition!

Tickets on sale now!

Your $10.00 ticket can be redeemed for up to $10.00 worth of food or drink from the Alamo Drafthouse menu. Just check in with us to pick up your coupon. Check in starts at 5pm both nights. The program will begin at 6pm and end by 10pm.

About this year's Fest Guests

Bill Shannon (he, him) is an interdisciplinary artist and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, linguistics, sociology, choreography, dance and politics. Bill’s contributions to dance include a very specific movement vocabulary evolved through his creative use of crutches as a child after the discovery of a physical disability that effected his ability to bear weight in his hips. Bill’s subsequent immersion in the emergent youth cultures of hip-hop and skateboarding further contributed to his autodidactic form on crutches.

Body Shift Collective is a community dance performance group that is part of Art Spark Texas’ dance program. It is dedicated to diversity and accessibility and to create daring dance performances. This dance group cultivates choreography through respecting individuality, exploring togetherness, and is advocating for social change through free, public performances with performers of different abilities.

TILT Performance Group envisions a Central Texas where people with disabilities flourish as artists through our mission to shatter disability stereotypes through inclusive theatre. To achieve this mission, we are guided by our values of inclusive theatre, artistic originality, meaningful employment, impactful education, strategic collaborations and fun!


Access notes

All films will have open captions. ASL interpretation is provided for the films and live portions of the Festival inside the theater. Audio description devices will be available for the films and live portions of the Festival inside the theater. If you have additional accessibility requests, please include them when you purchase your tickets, or contact us at filmfest@txdisabilities.org.


Thank you to our 2022 CTDFF Sponsors!

Superior Healthplan
Cultural Arts City of Austin Economic Development
CDS in Texas
Touch of CLASS

Humana Health Horizons

Spyglass Realty

Victoria Ford and Scott Hochberg

Amerigroup, an Anthem Company

In-Home Attendant Services


Upstream Technology

Bristol Myers Squibb

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Friends of Ted Bose

HillCo Partners

American Construction Investigations


Dennis Borel & Lynda Frost

JWH Communications

Texas Medical Association



Joel B. Eisen & Karen E. Barnes Charitable Fund

Arnold Public Affairs

Texas Film Commission

Shea Family Charitable Trust


HillCo Partners

We Work for Health Texas

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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