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    We at Dogwoof are really excited to be releasing the delightful new film, 'Life, Animated', which wowed audiences at its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. 

    Life, Animated is an inspirational, heart-warming documentary about a young man with autism who literally finds his voice with the help from classic Disney films.

    Since we have gained support from THIS WAY UP’s Exhibition Innovation Fund, this special new film will be available for non-theatrical bookings at a discounted rate (yay!) and what's more, the film will be available to screen ahead of the cinema release!

    You can now partner with Dogwoof and screen the wonderful, award-winning 'Life, Animated' between September and December, before it hits cinemas on 9 December. We can brainstorm with you on the event, send you marketing materials and list your screening online so your audience won’t miss out on the buzz.


    'Life, Animated' is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

    This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires.

    Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks.


    This special opportunity--inviting community organisations and film societies to host screenings before the cinema release--has two main targets: to educate and entertain audiences all around the UK and Ireland.

    By screening the film and hosting workshops afterwards, the viewing public will have the opportunity to be better informed about autism and if they or their family members are autistic, to participate in the conversation on how autism has affected their lives and the misconceptions that usually come with it.

    What is essential to Dogwoof and the Exhibition Innovation Fund is to reach as many people as possible that won’t have the opportunity to watch the film during the theatrical release. That is why we’re partnering with many different organisations and charities through the UK and Ireland.

    Some of the organisations we are currently working with are:

    • The National Autistic Society
    • Children & The Arts
    • Autism Research Centre in Cambridge

    and others. 


    The aim of THIS WAY UP's Exhibition Innovation Fund is to support projects, ideas, pilots and initiatives that build and develop audiences for specialised films. THIS WAY UP is committed to supporting new models of exhibition and cultivating collaboration across regional boundaries.

    THIS WAY UP is an annual two-day conference for film exhibitors, which explores new ideas in audience behaviours, looks at emerging trends, and discusses the future of cinema. The conference is jointly organised by three hubs within the BFI’s Film Audience Network: Film Hub North, Film Hub North West Central and Film Hub Scotland.