CinefestOZ has hosted one of its first events of the year in Bunbury to celebrate and recognise the involvement of people with disabilities within the film industry. The Inclusion in Action workshop was hosted at the Dolphin Discovery Centre yesterday with a range of filmmakers and industry partners joining in person and over video call. The workshop run by Bus Stop Films, focused on how the film industry can open pathways to employment for people living with a disability on both sides of the camera. CinefestOz film manager Chanel Bowen said the event was important for her as a person with a disability after she sustained an acquired brain injury with resulting hearing loss. “If you look at me, I don’t visualise as though I have a disability, and that is 80 per cent of our community with disabilities— they don’t always appear that they have one,” she said. “We need those people behind the camera and in front of the camera telling those stories, not by someone who thinks they know the experience because it’s not something you do know unless you have been through it.” Photographer and filmmaker Jamien Hudson, who is a quadriplegic, said correct disability representation will put real life experiences in the forefront of society. “It is important to have people with disabilities cast in films more often, because for me personally, there’s so many things going on behind the scenes that people don’t realise and I didn’t know about until I got my disability,” he said. Hudson has a documentary about his life story, titled From Sky to Sea which is showing as part of CinefestOz, following his story after he was involved in a dirt bike accident aged 17. CinifestOz is celebrating its 14th year of the film festival. Organisers will be running a range of events and films until August 29 throughout the South West.