Filmpossible is a video and photo contest that strives to bring visibility to disability.

By encouraging anybody to pick up a camera to shoot a photograph or short video, the contest organizers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital want to show how people with disabilities experience life.

From photo tributes to loved ones, to a story from a point of view, to political statements, Filmpossible received a wide variety of submissions. We have the winning video and photographs for you here.

For two years, documentary filmmaker Karen Shopsowitz has been a video judge with the contest. She also volunteers her time and skills with teens with facial differences. Denise Wilson is a mother of a 5 year old with Down Syndrome, from Erin, Ontario. Her video As Long As It’s Healthy!, won the contest this year. We invited both of them into the studio to talk about the contest and how the work has affected them and others.

 

Denise Wilson's winning film - As Long as It's Healthy!

And the other winning films...

2nd Prize: I Can Be Me by Jen Warman

3rd Prize: Kawartha Komets – Dreams Do Come True! by David Fisher

Finalist: Deaf Like Me by Brooke Wayne

Finalist: Perspective – It’s What You Make It by Erin Corrado

Finalist: What Disability Really Means by Tori Lacey

Here are the winners of the photo contest:

1st Prize: Lucky Fin Love by Annya Miller

2nd Prize: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger by Ben Wood

3rd Prize: Mission Possible by Chris Young

Finalist: Big Brother by Zachary Priest

Finalist: Clair and Dragonfly on the Beach by Susan Marshall

Finalist: Love is in the Details by Jen Johannesen