WHAT IS PIFF?
Pegasus Community Project is filled with creative individuals. Whether they’re creating photography exhibitions - Photography: Speaking Without Words, or taking their nail art business on the road - Nails on Wheels, our participants are always expressing themselves through the arts.
Having dabbled in many artistic mediums, there was one that we had not yet tackled, film making. Inspired by film festivals in Halifax, The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival: BAAFF and closer to home, The Reel Abilities Film Festival: RAFF we created PIFF: Pegasus Incredible Film Festival.
PIFF was founded to provide an opportunity for adults in the disability community to tell stories, their way.
In 2017 our four program sites collaborated with volunteer film students across the GTA to create six short films that were written by, made by, and starred Pegasus participants.
Documentary, silent movie, music video, stop-motion animation were some styles used to communicate the talents that we have at Pegasus. Everyone got the chance to be involved in the process however they wanted, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.
The resulting films were showcased at a red-carpet fundraising gala at a downtown Toronto cinema.
Now we’ve opened up PIFF to other members of the disability community and developmental services agencies so they can submit films and experience the joy of seeing themselves represented on the big screen.