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Focus on Ability

About Focus on Ability Film Festival


For the 9th consecutive year NOVA Employment presents the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. This festival asks film makers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with a disability and tell a story on film for the world to view. This year has been biggest yet, and our generous sponsors have donated over $140,000 worth of cash and prizes to encourage film makers and people with disability to tell their stories.

In 2009, CEO of NOVA Employment Martin Wren began the festival with a belief in the ability of people with disability, and the goal of bringing that belief to the world through the medium of film. Martin recognized the power of film to challenge people's fixed beliefs and perceptions about the lives and abilities of people with disability around the world.

NOVA, together with Paula Duncan, known for both her success in the Australian film and television industry and passion for supporting people with disability, have worked tirelessly to bring this festival to the world.

Previous years films have been both educational and inspirational and have been viewed in 168 countries across the world and voted on by over 500,000 people. Feedback from people who have viewed the films has shown that these entries have the power to change attitudes and challenge perceptions.

In 2016, 194 films were entered from 18 countries.

Every year, the festival culminates in our red carpet awards night. Tonight, entrants will have the chance to feel like Scorsese and see their films premiered on the big screen as well as the opportunity to have their film shown on national television after the Awards night.

Last year, 10 films were screened across Australia's free to air television station SBS and 80 films aired on Foxtel through Aurora TV, and the festival held additional screenings in New York, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland. We have additional exciting screening opportunities planned for this festival in 2017.

The audience capacity is well over 1,000,000 people and continuing to grow, providing unmatched exposure for up and coming film makers and for people with disability to bring their message to the world. Films are judged by a professional judging panel and subject to an online voting process, with separate prizes for each category.


Blind Ambition
Lachlan Macfarlane
We have talent too
Barker College
I've seen so much
Gonzalo Guajardo
Love Someone with Autism
Isabella Capone
Life of Silent
Gayan Pradeep Melegoda Gamage
Plot Synopsis in 5 Minutes
Rouse Hill High School
I'm Able
Israel Denis
The Amazing Wheelchair
Nepean School
Nicholas
Anastazija Luksic
Here's Lucy
Cara
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