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April 16 - 20, 2024
Hollywood, California

SIFF '24 Special Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the SignLight International Film Festival's special awards! Angela Nardolillo from Off-the-Grid Missions receives the Impact Award for her remarkable efforts in providing life-saving resources to deaf communities worldwide. Mila Davis-Kent, Shaylee Mansfield, and Kevionn Woodward are honored with the Rising Star Award, presented by EasterSeals, recognizing their outstanding talent and contributions to the film industry. Additionally, a heartfelt congratulations to Howie Seago for receiving the Special Merit Award for his innovative use of sign language in film.

SIFF '24 Film Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural SignLight International Film Festival's esteemed Film Awards! These exceptional films mark the beginning of an exciting journey in deaf cinema, showcasing unparalleled talent, creativity, and the power of storytelling.

From a pool of over 195 submitted films, 29 nominees emerged as shining examples of the best in deaf filmmaking. Additionally, 58 carefully selected films joined the lineup, resulting in a total of 87 captivating screenings throughout this historic festival.

But in the world of deaf cinema, we are more than just winners; we are storytellers, dreamers, and visionaries. Each film that graced our screens not only entertained but also inspired and moved audiences with its unique narrative and perspective. We celebrate the triumphs of every filmmaker who poured their heart and soul into sharing their story with the world.

As we embark on this journey together, let us continue to uplift and empower one another, knowing that our collective voices have the power to spark change and create a more inclusive and vibrant world. Together, we will forge new paths, break barriers, and redefine what is possible in the world of cinema. Congratulations to all the filmmakers, and here's to many more unforgettable stories yet to be told.

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The festival is produced by SignWorld Studios’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit
training, advocacy and industry-service subsidiary SignLight, Inc.

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