After an overwhelming response to our film competition, asking you to submit short films to help the public understand more about autism, our independent panel of judges have chosen three finalists for the aspiring category.

Watch their entries below to find out how they illustrate their own, or others', experience of autism.

John Clark - I have Asperger Syndrome - and what of it?

John’s short film attempts to recreate a sensory overload, but also candidly expresses his experiences living with Asperger Syndrome and how he fits in to society. Having a passion for telling stories of fiction and non-fiction has helped shape his voice and aspirations, seeking honesty, impartiality, equality and truth. Fascinated with the world around him and how he sees it, John’s title 'and what of it', shows is views that autism should be learnt, understood, accepted and taught and neither simultaneously an elephant in the room, or the centre of attention.

 

Jenna Kannell - Bumblebees

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

Emily Davidson - The Bigger Picture  

 Emily’s short film is about girls on the autism spectrum. She wants to challenge the world’s view of autism, hoping to help people think differently, challenge the stereotypes of autism, and understand that not everyone on the autism spectrum is the same. She presents an outlook on autism that ‘we can do whatever we put out mind to’.