A FILM festival has received a record number of submissions.

The Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading festival for films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or Asperger’s, has had more than 2,000 submissions from across the world.

This year’s festival takes place at The Old Market, Hove, between October 23 and 26.

Entries for this year’s event have come from as far away as Iran and Japan.

Matthew Hellett, festival programmer at Oska Bright Film Festival said: “The sheer volume of submissions for the 2019 Oska Bright Film Festival proves that we can do so much more than people think we can, and we want to ensure individuals with learning disabilities feel inspired.

“There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK and we see a variety of people every day in the real world, so it’s time that is reflected on screen. We don’t want your pity, it’s just time to drop the labels.”

This is also the first year the Oska Bright Film Festival has been recognised as a Bafta Qualifying Short Film Festival, meaning that any short screened at the festival can be eligible for a Bafta.

For more information visit www.oskabright.org