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entertaining and memorable short films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


In its continuing effort to “make the invisible visible,” Hi-Hope Service Center will present its third annual Sprout Film Festival, on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Sara D. Williams Fine Arts Center's Clifton Jones Theatre of Greater Atlanta Christian School.  By presenting films of artistry and intellect by, for, and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Sprout Film Festival reinforces accurate and empowering portrayals of people with disabilities and exposes the general public to important issues facing this population. 

At Hi-Hope we are always looking for ways to highlight the extraordinary abilities of individuals affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Sprout Film Festival brings their brilliance to the big screen. We hope to provide the Greater Atlanta Area with an enlightening experience that breaks down stereotypes, inspires meaningful conversation, and promotes greater understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities.

A boy with autism named Tyler who can distinguish the sounds of the entire inventory of Woodstock's wind chimes. A teenage boxer with Down syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring. A girl wries a letter to her future children describing her experiences of caring for her big brother who is on the autism spectrum and has Down syndrome. A young man reflects on his new life as an artist living with a brain injury. These stories and more make up the poignant and funny and inspiring films of this year's Sprout Film Festival.

The Sprout Film Festival, founded in 2003 by Anthony DiSalvo, is the first and only festival to exclusively showcase films featuring people with developmental disabilities. Films showcased during the Sprout Film Festival allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to display their gifts and unique talents in film format to individuals across the country through the touring festival, as well as an annual three day festival in New York City. By showing critically acclaimed films, the festival serves as an incredible opportunity to display the dignity and worth of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their communities, in our state, and across the nation.

At the conclusion of the film screenings, attendees are invited to a moderated response panel with experts in the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities field. The response panel is a perfect time to reflect on the films and what you can do to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm


  • Doors - 1:00 PM

  • Film Screening - 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Film Response Panel - 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Reception - 4:45 PM to 5:00 PM

WHERE: Sara D. Williams Fine Arts Center, Clifton Jones Theatre, 1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30093 Note: Free onsite parking

COST: Thanks to the support of the community, we can now offer this event FREE of charge to EVERYONE!!!