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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 here.


Ten years ago, Focus On Ability (FOA) started as 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

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 ...

Music Ignites our Talents
Halinda School
I Still Believe
Maria Kizito
All about Paige
Laingholm School
My Ability
James Namalira
A Part of a Lesson
St Ursula's College Kingsgrove
Bayfield Movie Makers, The Interview
Bayfield High School
Ability A Louder Voice
Davie Saindi
Matthew D
Northern Support Services
Earth
Salman Bheriyani
Hope
Sarah Myles
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