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Got a story to tell?

Got a story to tell?

Does it have a focus on the ability of people with disability?

Do you have an interest in shooting video?

If you answer 'yes' to all of the above, you need to get moving! Because the tenth annual Focus On Ability Short Film competition closes on 1 June. You have 17 days to send your entry to [email protected] Fill out the entry form http://www.focusonability.com.au/Focus_on_Ability_Entry_Form_2018.pdf>here.

Ten years ago, Focus On Ability (FOA) started as http://www.novaemployment.com.au/>NOVA Employment CEO Martin Wren’s ‘good idea’ to promote inclusion of people with disability and has grown into an international sensation. In 2017, we received a total of 210 entries from 19 different countries. Nearly half the entries came from young people – 101 entries from schools, mostly from Australia and New Zealand.

Many careers have been launched from writers, directors, actors and producers participating in and/or winning this very accessible short film competition. With $150,000 in cash and prizes on offer this year, there’s also a significant boost to winning filmmakers’ budgets.

Yet FOA always stays true to its roots, as Martin Wren reminds us. “We're all about inclusion. That’s why FOA is free to enter and free to attend.” Every September, the gala awards night is an inspiring, emotional and accessible night out on the town with food and drink, music and stories, tears and laughter. “It’s a great night out,” Martin says.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves!

Entries are pouring in for 2018. Why not have a go? Shoot it on your phone or engage an entire crew. FOA18 is open to everyone.

Previous Posts

Got a story to tell?
Got a story to tell? Does it have a focus on the ability of people with disability? Do you have an interest in shooting video? If you answer 'yes' to all of the above, you need to get ...

Zimbabwe exuberant about FOA
Over 1000 people filled the National Rehabilitation Centre in Ruwa, Zimbabwe on a sunny Saturday in October with guests from all over southern Africa. Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that ...

A Truly International Film Festival
Where to start? This year’s Focus On Ability Film Festival broke all records. But it’s not the records that matter so much as the increased awareness of the abilities of the actors, players, directors ...

Praise For FOA17
2017 was the most successful festival in FOA's nine-year history, with a record number of overall entries, participating countries and schools involved. Last month's gala awards night lived up ...

On 6th September, 600 guests congregated at the prestigious Concourse on Sydney's North Shore to attend FOA's 2017 Gala Awards Night. They were there to walk the red carpet, to enjoy beautiful ...

Open To All
Inclusivity is the goal of FOA and nowhere is this demonstrated more effectively than in the 2017 Open Entrant sections. For some, this competition presents an opportunity to participate, offering ...

Movie time!
So here we are! You all got your entries in, right? Well, a lot of you did because the turnout for FOA 2017 has been massive! Record-breaking. Firstly, this is the most ever finalists the festival has ...

Martin's Grand Vision
The FOA Film Festival was set in motion nine years ago at the instigation of NOVA Employment's CEO of 25 years, Martin Wren, whose passion and advocacy for bringing disability into mainstream public ...

Contact Details
To speak to Ryan about your entry please email or contact him on Aus Mobile - 0414932987

Schooling Us
With the 2017 deadline fast approaching, it seems like a good time to take another look at last year's winners and, in particular, two entrants from the schools' section. Every year, scores ...

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