BACKBONES presents the ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago! The festival is dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film. ReelAbilities screens a variety of films, workshops, panels, and other arts programming at different venues in Chicago.

We provide a barrier-free environment for all audiences including: accessible seating for wheelchair users or those with mobility impairments; ASL interpreters and Live Captioning for deaf or hard of hearing attendees; Audio Description, Braille and Large print for blind or low vision attendees and quiet/flexible spaces for attendees with different sensory needs.


matt wears a black button up shirt and stands in front of a blue screen. he is smiling
Matt Lauterbach Director
grishma stands in front of a blue screen smiling. she is wearing a green cardigan over a blouse
Grishma Shah Director
reveca smiles and wears a pink cardigan over a green shirt
Reveca Torres Director

Are you interested in sponsoring the festival? CLICK HERE!

For more information on films and schedule visit the festival website

ReelAbilities Chicago