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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 second annual Sprout Film Festival, on Saturday, September 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Conant Performing Arts Center of Oglethorpe University.  By presenting films of artistry and intellect by, for, and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Sprout Film Festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with disabilities and expose 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, and the Sprout Film Festival shows their brilliance on the big screen. The goal of us bringing the festival to our community here in Atlanta is to provide an enlightening experience that will help break down stereotypes, inspire meaningful conversation, and to promote greater understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities.

A young man with Down syndrome seeks to understand his own difference through his obsessive fascination with Sasquatch and Superman, A romantic moment of connection between two people waiting for a train that never arrives. A mother-to-be faces the high possibility of having a child with an intellectual disability and befriends a family who share their experiences and guide her towards a different perspective.  These are some of people you will meet in films that are poignant and funny and inspiring and are being shown as part 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, including:

  • Jason Laws, Therap Services, LLC
  • Heidi Moore, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Elizabeth H. Peterson, mother and Advocate
  • Nicole Slifcak, Oglethorpe University

WHEN: Saturday, September 30th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm


  • Doors - 2:15 pm
  • Film Screening - 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Film Response Panel - 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Reception - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (held in lobby)

WHERE: Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30319 Note: Free onsite parking

COST IN ADVANCE: $10 - General Admission, $5 Oglethorpe Student

COST AT DOOR: $15 - General Admission, $10 Oglethorpe Student