ANNOUNCING the film CONNECTED available on pay per view Vimeo

>>Watch CONNECTED – The Film Watch<<

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After five very successful film screenings at five international film festivals in 2016 and the recipient of an honorary award at Hoboken Film Festival and an award in Toronto, CONNECTED has now been accepted into the International Film Festival in Brazil, August 2017! 

Film reviews on camera interviews after the Official Screening in Edinburgh, Sept 17, 2016 at the World Congress for Autism Europe hosted by the National Autistic Society UK

I have just watched ‘Connected’ the Documentary and loved it! I attendedanna kennedy in scoyland with kyle coleman ‘Connected’ the event in Scotland for part of the week 2016 I met some wonderful individuals and families of children on the autism spectrum It was a‪#‎feelgoodfactor‬ few days I love the start of the filmLeonora Gregory-Collura where you talk about meeting Charlie Collura. Congratulations on receiving a nomination for Best Documentary at the International Film Festival.I didn’t expect to see myself giving a presentation and was proud to see James Hobley our young charity Patron and his brother George talk about their experiences growing up and they have grown to be fine young men.

rod morrisThis film is a first of this type of film about autism – A film about autism by autistic people. I am so lucky to be a part of it. Thank you, and thank you for being my friend. ~ Rod Morris MA – British Autism Consultant and author, who happens to be autistic.

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Countering mainstream media depictions of people on the autism spectrum, the viewer is presented with a firsthand experience of this newly emerging community with global implications. Offering fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be ‘social’; and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.

The film follows the exploits of individuals participating in the ANCA World Autism Festival and the International Naturally Autistic People Awards as it travels from its home in Canada to its first international foray in Edinburgh Scotland.
The film is unique in that the AWAF is the only festival of its kind in the world; created and run by Autistic People for Autistic People

Maria Iliou at Hoboken with Kenneth del Vicchio


2016 Connected Film LaurelNEWS JUST IN (July 20, 2016):

Dear Filmmaker,
Your film has been selected to screen online, during the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016.
Your film will be available for viewing on Vimeo On-Demand as part of
a series of films that make up Vancouver Lift-Off Online Festival 2016 from Monday Aug 1st and it will be live until Saturday August 6th.
Some anticipated questions and answers…
Is there a prize for best film?
Yes, there are two prizes for the top two films. We will invite the viewers to comment in the comments section as to which they felt was their favourite film of the online programme.
 
The winning top two films will then be screened as part of the live screenings at either Los Angeles Lift-Off in September, or Amsterdam Lift-Off in October, forming part of the respective programmes.
We will be sending you a link to the online festival prior to going live and we’d like it very much if you shared this link with all of your friends, family and supporters.
We hope to see your film with us in either Los Angeles or Amsterdam!
 

The Vancouver Lift-Off Team.

Vancouver Lift-Off.
A Lift-Off Film Festival in the City known as the Hollywood North of Indie Cinema.

 


Hoboken international film festival poster with logo 2016NEWS JUST IN from the Hoboken International Film Festival:  Connected: A film about Autistic People was NOMINATED BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Hoboken International Film Festival in New York – how amazing is that? Maria Iliou host ofANCA Radio Shows was there to be interviewed on our behalf and the NEW YORK Press Media areHoboken international film festival 2016 interested in interviewing us, amazing BIG Congratulations to our film maker Sonia Suvagauand Composer for Original score Sebastian Hugeneck as well the cast from all around the world and Paul Hurley for delivering such amazing film footage from the EdinburghInternational Naturally Autistic People Awards, Convention & Festival ANCA WORLD Autism Festival Âû YOU should ALL be VERY Proud of Yourselves!!HIFF & friends 21
NEWS UPDATE on our film: CONNECTED – Officially Selected to be screened in New York at the Hoboken International Film Festival Hoboken international film festival 2016Hoboken international film festival poster with logo 2016

NEWS UPDATE on our Film CONNECTED: A film about autistic people – ‘You will never look at people the same way again

HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PARAMOUNT THEATER, 17 SOUTH STREET, MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK 10940
“One of the World’s Top 10 Film Festivals”
– FOX & MY
 Now in its eleventh year, Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) – called by FOX and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World” – is being held June 3 to June 9, 2016 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York.

Dear Filmmaker,

Thank you for submitting your project to Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”). We received over 1,500 submissions this year; the selection process was rigorous and difficult, given the numerous talented filmmakers who submitted their works. After a final review, HIFF has selected fewer than 10% of the projects submitted.

YOUR PROJECT IS ONE OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! 

Saturday June 4, 2016
12:00 pm Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – Tickets for most movie screenings cost only $11. To reserve seats for individual screenings, people may most easily purchase them online on the BUY TICKETS page (aka “Tickets & Schedule” page) on the HIFF website at:  http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/events-2016/  You can also purchase tickets at the Paramount Theater website at: http://middletownparamount.com/ You can also purchase tickets by calling the festival office at (845) 683-1535 or emailing info@hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com or hobokenfilmfest@optonline.net. If you are in New York, tickets can also be purchased at HIFF’s screening venue, Paramount Theater, 17 South Street, Middletown, NY. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on the day of the screenings. All movie ticket purchases and screening information, as well as synopses for all Officially Selected Films, can be found on the BUY TICKETS page (aka “Tickets & Schedule” page) of the HIFF website – http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/events-2016/

CONNECTED: A FILM ABOUT AUTISTIC PEOPLE – Documentary Film

Directed by Sonia Suvagau – Canada
Connected: A Film About Autistic People takes the viewer on a journey into the heart of the autistic community. Countering mainstream media depictions of people on the autism spectrum, the viewer is presented with a firsthand experience of this newly emerging community with global implications. Offering fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be “social”; and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.

>>WATCH Official Film Trailer Here<<

Countering mainstream media depictions of people on the autism spectrum, the viewer is presented with a firsthand experience of this newly emerging community with global implications. Offering fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be ‘social’; and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.

The film follows the exploits of individuals participating in the ANCA World Autism Festival and the International Naturally Autistic People Awards as it travels from its home in Canada to its first international foray in Edinburgh Scotland.
The film is unique in that the AWAF is the only festival of its kind in the world; created and run by Autistic People for Autistic People


Review just in from one of the cast members in the film: April Dawn Griffin Click Here for CBC interview/review
Leo and Charlie Q and A Life fest Film Festival 2016
Radio interview with Coast FM radio’s host Tommy Wang
Check out this review from AutismHWY.com Click Here

NEW Poster with film festival bannerCONNECTED: A film about autistic people will be official screened at the Life Fest Film Festival April 28 – May 1, 2016 – L.A. Live Center, Hollywood, LA, Cal. USA

Some photos from the event with cast members and new friendships made with film makers from Japan, Kazakhstan, USA, Brazil….

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Hoboken international film festival 2016

JUST IN

NEWS UPDATE on our Film CONNECTED: A film about autistic people – ‘You will never look at people the same way again

HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PARAMOUNT THEATER, 17 SOUTH STREET, MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK 10940
“One of the World’s Top 10 Film Festivals”
– FOX & MY
 Now in its eleventh year, Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) – called by FOX and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World” – is being held June 3 to June 9, 2016 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York.

Dear Filmmaker,

Thank you for submitting your project to Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”). We received over 1,500 submissions this year; the selection process was rigorous and difficult, given the numerous talented filmmakers who submitted their works. After a final review, HIFF has selected fewer than 10% of the projects submitted.

YOUR PROJECT IS ONE OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! 

Saturday June 4, 2016
12:00 pm Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – Tickets for most movie screenings cost only $11. To reserve seats for individual screenings, people may most easily purchase them online on the BUY TICKETS page (aka “Tickets & Schedule” page) on the HIFF website at:  http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/events-2016/  You can also purchase tickets at the Paramount Theater website at: http://middletownparamount.com/ You can also purchase tickets by calling the festival office at (845) 683-1535 or emailing info@hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com or hobokenfilmfest@optonline.net. If you are in New York, tickets can also be purchased at HIFF’s screening venue, Paramount Theater, 17 South Street, Middletown, NY. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on the day of the screenings. All movie ticket purchases and screening information, as well as synopses for all Officially Selected Films, can be found on the BUY TICKETS page (aka “Tickets & Schedule” page) of the HIFF website – http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/events-2016/

CONNECTED: A FILM ABOUT AUTISTIC PEOPLE – Documentary Film

Directed by Sonia Suvagau – Canada
Connected: A Film About Autistic People takes the viewer on a journey into the heart of the autistic community. Countering mainstream media depictions of people on the autism spectrum, the viewer is presented with a firsthand experience of this newly emerging community with global implications. Offering fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be “social”; and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.

Hoboken international film festival poster with logo 2016

>>WATCH Official Film Trailer Here<<

Countering mainstream media depictions of people on the autism spectrum, the viewer is presented with a firsthand experience of this newly emerging community with global implications. Offering fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be ‘social’; and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.

The film follows the exploits of individuals participating in the ANCA World Autism Festival and the International Naturally Autistic People Awards as it travels from its home in Canada to its first international foray in Edinburgh Scotland.
The film is unique in that the AWAF is the only festival of its kind in the world; created and run by Autistic People for Autistic People

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The film was completed and privately screened (by private invitation) at the Vancouver International Film Centre, on April 2nd during the ANCA World Autism Festival 6th annual Kick-Off. Reviews of the film are coming in each day, here are some to read below:

"I think this film will change the world's perspective of people with differences" says eleven year old from Scouts Canada!  (Maria Clarke, age 11) 
"....This movie will be a great tool in fostering understanding of people with Autism specifically, but also in fostering the acceptance of the variety of differences that the people of the world exhibit."  (Tracy Clarke, parent involved with Scouts Canada)

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View the Teaser Trailer of the film: CONNECTED

CONNECTED: A FILM ABOUT AUTISTIC PEOPLE: SYNOPSIS

How many computer programmers, dancers, actors, martial artists, visual and literary artists, businessmen and construction workers do you know? And how many of them are autistic? You might be surprised…

‘CONNECTED: A FILM ABOUT AUTISM’ is the first documentary of its type. It chronicles a week in October 2014, when the ANCA® World Autism Festival™ took place for the first time outside of Canada. And the reason it’s distinct? It’s a festival run for autistic people, by autistic people.

But it’s no ordinary chronicle. The film delves into the activities of ANCA®, a unique organisation, to discover just how wrong society’s perceptions of the so-call autism ‘spectrum’ can be. The progress of ANCA® in fostering international business, political and geographical ties to improve awareness of autism is quite remarkable, and is underlined by the fact that delegates came from all over the world to attend the festival.

Review of CONNECTED  
This documentary tells the disconcerting truth, that we are all Connected.  The film highlights Autistic people being awarded for their achievements, at the ANCA Festival this past year in Scotland.  Many beautiful moments of sharing with friends and family.  This would be a wonderful film to introduce globally as it displays the best of the Autistic Community.  It could be used as a educational tool in the school systems as well as shown to the general public.  
Many Thanks to ANCA - Alexandria Bellas   The Vancouver Adults with Autism Meetup Group

The film also uses several profiles of these delegates to reveal hidden aspects of the autistic talent, ability and perspective… from an up-and-coming comedian to a successful personal trainer to a businesswoman who devotes all of her spare time to raising awareness of autism in the post-Soviet world. It also looks (amongst other things) at how the internet has brought the community together, how women with autism can be better served, and what the future is likely to hold for the autistic community

There’s also a constant message throughout the film: autism is something that workplaces should embrace, rather than snub or be wary of. It shows how some forward-thinking organisations are taking the step of actively hiring autistic employees – to the great benefit of their companies.

CONNECTED: Filmed in Edinburgh by Producer Paul Hurley and director Lisa marsh with their film crew, Handface productions, UK. The film itself was created by Sonia Suvagau and Sebastian Hubeneck, Sonia Productions inc., in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, with original musical score composed by Sebastian Hubeneck. 

View some of the screen shots in the movie her below:

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Sample screen shots during rehearsals and production of ‘CONNECTED” the film about autistic people coming together from around the world, contributing to society and developing long lasting relationships.

For further information contact anca@naturallyautistic.com

 More reviews from an Asperger's group in Vancouver who attended the film preview screening event: 
"...the film "Connected"was superb and will probably spark a lot of attention at film festivals." (Paul) - ""Connected" is the most comprehensive film that I have seen from the perspective of people on the spectrum. This documentary will have a strong impact when it becomes available to the general public. I developed a deeper understand of ANCA and what motivates Leo and Charlie Collura to establish this organization on an international level. Thank you Leo for allowing our meetup group to participate at this film debut." (Peter) - "I found the film to be inspiring, and reinforces the notion that it's better to be involved with (like) people than isolated." (Kozmo)

 

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