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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 through the films a glimpse into the lives of the people who have made them. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Almost always, there is a joyous, give-it-a-go attitude at play and a lot of special moments that get captured along the way. Notable among these are two organisations, Northern Support Services and ARC Disability Services, who have each submitted multiple entries that give a pretty good indication of how much fun they are having as they bust some fancy DJ moves, deliver some funny advice from the date police, dive into some colourful artwork with Super Pig and team up with T-Bay High School's dance students to deliver some elaborate choreography. Special mention has to be made of NSS's Campbell Vinson, who writes and performs an incredible diversity of original music for the films.

Both Short Film and Documentary categories present an extraordinary array of styles and techniques. Hocus Focus Media shows you don't need a massive budget to deliver detailed period sets, costumes and even cars (!) in Meagan McGregor's tall tale of reverse discrimination. Sally Newman's Little Sparrow employs interesting visual effects in a combination of flashbacks and magic realism to tell the story of singer Stacee Parkinson. The special effects get a darkly comic turn with an arguing angel and devil in Evan Rowe's The Dr's Appointment.

Recollection by David Hoey delivers great cinematography by Julian Pertout, assured layering of images and skilful editing to evoke a blind pianist's remembrance of sight. Jaina Kalifa's look into the life of deaf artist Donna McDonald reaches far beyond the issues of disability to reveal a rich, multi-layered story touched by tragedy, uplifted by friendships and dignified by a strong sense of social responsibility.

And what can we say about The Life and Imagination of Mr MacMurray except...Drone shot! Training montage! Super spy who likes his shandy shaken not stirred!

Which films do you think will get the judges awards on September 6?

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Praise For FOA17
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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
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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 ...

Did you know you are living in a time of revolution? And that you are one of the revolutionaries? How, you say? Well, every time you shoot some video on your phone and post it on Facebook or YouTube ...

Disabled character or a character who has disability?
Every good character in film is written with challenges they must accommodate or overcome. Their inabilities are as important as their capabilities in order to create dynamic, engaging story arcs. The ...

Last post, I mentioned the New Zealand film Silence, one of the 2016 school entrant winners. It's an excellent piece of purist cinema that has a lot going on in its 5 minutes, so let's take ...

Stafford Ochieng
Who are you?
Pacific Hope School
Top of the World
Drew Russell
We Are Able
Peter Chidothe
The Gamers
Nepean School
Ability A Louder Voice
Davie Saindi
Our Extraordinary Talents
Mitchelton Special School
New Town High School
Our Abilities Shine
Rouse Hill Public School
I've Got the Magic in Me!
Barker College
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