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Free to enter, free to attend

Not only is it free to enter, it’s free to attend. Anyone can enter a film from any corner of the world. Films can be made on any medium.

The only catch?

Films must highlight the ability of people with disability.

The tenth annual Focus On Ability (FOA) Short Film Festival is proudly accessible. It started this way in 2009 and, despite growing through numbers of entrants, international reach and increased prizes, continues this way in 2018.

Why?

Because inclusion for people with disability matters. The organisers of FOA understand this and believe that the art form of film, recently made so much more accessible by increasing film quality on mobile phones and wider access to the internet, is a way to engage the rest of the world.

This must be true!

In FOA’s second year, 27 films were entered and 34,000 online views were received. By 2014, the first year with an international category, we received 180 entries and had over 250,000 views. Last year our 210 entries were seen more than 400,000 viewers.

Past films indicate the skill, talent and diversity within the community and support for people with disability to achieve their dreams. Many people from within the industry have met other likeminded actors, writers, editors, producers and film makers either through the online viewing process or at the awards night (see highlights from last year’s here.). Long-term friendships and professional relationships result.

Before you know it, future FOA entries are made by a previous entrant who met the lead actor in the foyer over a drink and canapé before the screening; a collaboration between directors results in a feature film coming together; a school enters for the fifth year in a row and wins!

As film maker, Davo Hardy says, “The greatest thing about Focus On Ability is that it encourages people who have a disability or who aren’t mainstream to produce content.” FOA gives people with disability a genuine and significant platform to display their talents and the resulting opportunities will be the subject of future blogs in 2018.




Previous Posts

Careful what you wish for!
The cleverness of the title Focus On Ability passed me by for some years, before filmmakers kindly shed some light. Not being a camera operator myself, I knew it sounded good. But the idea of focusing ...

Where are they now? Davo Hardy
Six-time Focus On Ability (FOA) entrant, Davo Hardy, has written, directed and produced his first feature film, . An experienced ...

Where are they now? Davo Hardy
Six-time Focus On Ability (FOA) entrant, Davo Hardy, has written, directed and produced his first feature film, . An experienced ...

Free to enter, free to attend
Not only is it free to enter, it’s free to attend. Anyone can enter a film from any corner of the world. Films can be made on any medium. The only catch? Films must highlight the ability of people with ...

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 ...

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 ...

AND THE WINNERS ARE…
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 ...

All about Paige
Laingholm School
Fighting with Spirit
Tuma Dandi
My Foot is Ability
Laston Nyongopa
Flipped... My Body Stopped to Let Me Remember
Touch Compass
Pearl Red Moon
Nicky Elliott
Don't dis-my ability
Barker College
Grandmother Dreaming
Debrah Novak
60 Seconds with Tyler
Northern Support Services
Disability is not a Curse
Samuel Ansi Jnr
The Can Do People!
Ballina High School
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