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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 or Instagram or any one of dozens (hundreds?) of other social media or Internet platforms, you've just written, directed, produced and distributed a film.

For the first time in history anyone can use film to tell a story and you can tell it directly to potentially millions of people without ever having to ask for equipment or money. This is a very different world to one that existed not so long ago.

Film can be an expensive business. One of the Pirates Of The Caribbean films holds the current record with a cost of $378 million. The Hobbit Trilogy was made for more than $600 million! You could run a small country for that much. Even in the early twentieth century film making was expensive because the camera technology was rare. Having access to film-making technology kept the power to make films in the hands of big studios.

But camera technology continued to evolve. In the late sixties, smaller, handheld cameras meant film makers made a whole new breed of films that revolutionised the kind of stories being told, stepping away from artificial glitz and glamour and diving into the streets to tell stories that were closer to the lives of everyday people. In the eighties, video cameras took a giant step away from costly, awkward celluloid, meaning families could easily shoot home movies and put them straight into the VCR (ask your parents) without processing film or setting up projectors. Suddenly, everyone's lives and stories were on camera.

Nowadays we've come to expect everything to be caught on film, from the banal to the newsworthy. And of course, we have the Internet - the greatest film distribution tool ever invented. So...let's say you're somewhere between posting videos of your cat online and approaching Village Roadshow to fund your epic feature. Let's say you'd like to tell your story about living in a world that doesn't get what it's like to be hearing impaired, or about making your way to school through a landscape that presents a daily obstacle course for wheelchair users, or about how your sister makes the world a better place because of her spectrum disorder not in spite of it, or...okay, you get the idea.

That's right, Revolutionaries! You have the power. You have the technology. You have the means of distribution. You also have only a couple of weeks left to submit it to the Focus On Ability Film Festival 2017. So get cracking. Viva la revolution!

Enter here by June 30.

Previous Posts

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 ...

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 ...

Through My Eyes
Mason Kemeny
Hot Wheels
Tawa College
A Voice Through Photography
Claremont Special School
Invisible Disability
Brooke Pree
The Debutante Ball
Hume Valley School
Malibu Cafe
Malibu School & Safety Bay Senior High School
Hearing In Life
Sam Babus
Four Gentlemen
Warrawong High
Palette of Life
Woolooware High School
The Other Side of the Story
Oshadi Hemadra Vidanarachchi
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