ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus

2019: Based on a True Story


September 18

6:00pm @ Gateway Film Center

movie still 4 kids walking toward a village

October 16

6:00pm @ Gateway Film Center

October 17

7:00pm @ The Vanderelli Room

November 13

6:00pm @ The Gateway Film Center


2019 Partners
Gateway Film Center 

The Vanderelli Room Logo

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.    Greater Columbus Arts Council logo

JCC Manhattan


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About ReelAbilities

ReelAbilities is a groundbreaking film festival uniting dozens of partners and multiple screening locations throughout central Ohio. ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities, all through the easily accessible art form of film. Initiated in New York in 2007, the festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Columbus is part of 
ReelAbilities Film Festival

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Festival Accessibility
Contact VSA Ohio for more information and to request an accommodation.
Professional service accommodations should be requested 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability.
614-241-5325 or

 Information symbol - ask us  Wheelchair accessible spaces  Closed or Open Captions available for all films  Assistive Listening devices

*All films are Open Caption, Closed Caption, or subtitled, if a foreign film

To learn more about Festival Sponsorship contact
Megan Fitze, 614-241-5325.

Festival Archive

Click here for ReelAbilities Film Fest Columbus 2018 Archive

Click here for ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus 2017 Archive

Tuesday, September 20 @ Gateway Film Center

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL TRAILER #2 from Tom Ropelewski on Vimeo.

ABOUT 2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL: From the director of CHILD OF GIANTS: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange2e: Twice Exceptional follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. They are geniuses, mavericks and dreamers – Malcolm Gladwell’s budding “outliers.”

ABOUT MARINA'S OCEAN: A group of countryside students are preparing a special trip to the beach. Marina, a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, has a strong wish to visit the sea for the first time. Forbidden to travel with the other kids, Marina starts her own journey towards the Atlantic Ocean.