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Bus Stop Films’ Driving Change: Disability Employment Summit

November 17 – 19, Bondi Pavilion

Tickets Now On Sale

 Bus Stop Films, global leaders in inclusive filmmaking and advocacy around the employment of people with disability in the screen industry, is thrilled to announce tickets are on sale for Driving Change: Disability Employment Summit, the first ever summit to explore disability employment in film, TV and commercial production.

To be held over one night (Sunday 17th) and two days (Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th) in November 2024 at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Driving Change will bring together the disability and commercial advertising, broadcast and production sectors to explore the employment of people with disability across the screen content industries, on both sides of the camera and above and below the line.

The Summit will elevate and celebrate the people behind and purpose for, driving change in policy, production, attitude and storytelling around disability.

Across the summit the feedback from delegates and community members will be captured through focus groups and survey tools to inform an impact report, so that the Summit sessions can actively inform future policy and production practices.

The dynamic MCs for Driving Change are stand-up comedian and disability advocate Madeline Stewart and body positivity advocate April Hélène-Horton AKA The Bodzilla.

The event will also highlight the best of the Bondi Beach precinct, with a fun social program wrapped around the Summit, including welcome drinks at The Depot Bondi, yoga and surfing. QT Hotel Bondi has come on board to be the Summit’s accommodation partner.

 Internationally renowned disability advocate Keely Cat-Wells, Founder & CEO Making Space, will deliver a keynote address at the summit. Keely’s work in disrupting employment practices and policies in Hollywood is opening up employment pathways for people with disability with leading production companies including Hello Sunshine, Netflix and Universal NBC. Keely’s lived experience and innovative approach to removing barriers and opening pathways to employment for people with disability in Hollywood, adds a relevant global perspective to the Summit. 

The Bus Stop team were delighted to have Keely host a Q &A as part of a screening of their work in Los Angeles earlier this year, at an event in partnership with the ReelAbilities Film Festival during their Oscar week visit to LA. 

Other session topics include: First Nations & Disability, Casting and Disability, Disability and Advertising, Deaf Community and Culture and many more. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The session program is being informed by an intersectionality diverse advisory group with representatives from both the film and advertising sectors including disability and advertising expert Lisa Cox, paralympian Paul Nunnari, Producer Pip Smart, Indigenous Actor and BSF Ambassador Brandon Fairley, Deaf actor/producer Nathan Borg and disabled filmmakers Chanel Bowen and Steph Dower and Bus Stop board member Emily Dash. Screen Australia and Screen NSW will also have a rep on the group.

Tracey Corbin-Matchett OAM – CEO says: “This year our commitment to inclusive practice has taken the Bus to the UN in New York and the Oscars in LA, and now we’re heading to Bondi Beach. Never before has the Australian screen and advertising sectors come together to celebrate the disability community and explore how the dynamic sectors can do better and be better around disability employment. I encourage policy makers, producers, creatives and commissioners to join us in Driving Change.”

Bus Stop Films is seed funding the summit through their own resources and welcomes companies to consider coming on board as sponsors.

The event will be fully accessible with live captioning and Auslan interpretation. Tickets for both in person and digital access are available. For more information and book your spot head to https://drivingchangesummit.com/

 About Keely Cat-Wells:

Keely founded her first company in hospital, which later became C Talent, a talent agency that represents Disabled artists, reshaping perceptions of disability. C Talent was acquired in 2022, marking a significant milestone for disability within the creative industries. Keely is now the founder & CEO of Making Space, a talent acquisition and learning platform that develops accessible pathways to employment and career advancement through employer-backed courses for Disabled people, notably securing partnerships with NBC, Netflix and Amazon. Under the Making Space umbrella is Making Space Media, a division that creates film and TV content amplifying disabled narratives, Making Space Media securing a first-look deal with Reese Witherspoons, Hello Sunshine. Keely is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree, Presidential Leadership Scholar ’24, AdWeek Young Influential and Diana Award Winner.

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