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FOCUS ON: DANCING TO THEIR OWN BEAT
There are a million ways to dance and these stories prove it! These short films introduce us to several dancers - from Australia, India and Zimbabwe - and invite us into the exciting world of inclusive ...

FOCUS ON DANCE: THE RHYTHM OF KIDS
Have you ever watched a toddler as they listen to music? The tentative bopping up and down, from the knees only at first, until the music takes hold and the whole body gets involved. It's a joyful ...

Ambassador Paula Duncan's reflections, FOA - USA - 2018
It's always so exciting flying into the electrifying New York City that never sleeps. However, taking the Focus On Ability film festival to the United States, humbly established in the Western Suburbs ...

FOA18 LA Screening
The Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills held a nearly 200-strong crowd for FOA's 2018 premiere in Los Angeles, the heart and soul of the international film industry. Organiser, Jess Orcsik, gathered ...

USA tour wrap up - NYC!
The theme Focus on Ability has resonated with filmmakers all over the world, not least of all in the United States, where 2018 saw us screening ten films at four events in New York City and Los Angeles. Over ...

Actors with disability playing the role
Ninety-five per cent of roles featuring people with disability are played by able-bodied actors. Huh? Yep. Right now, they're the stats. But why? Because, like many other minorities, such as people ...

Focus on Malawi
Last November, the African nation of Malawi hosted its second annual screening of FOAM (Focus on Ability, Malawi) to an audience of approximately 200 people. The huge and enthusiastic attendance was ...

Touring FOA - Australia & New Zealand
'Without a doubt the highlight of every year is getting out and screening the films,' says Focus On Ability (FOA) Creative Director Ryan Goodwin. This year the national tour visited Melbourne, ...

Touring FOA - Australia & New Zealand
‘Without a doubt the highlight of every year is getting out and screening the films,' says Focus On Ability (FOA) Creative Director Ryan Goodwin. This year the national tour visited Melbourne, Auckland, ...

Where are they now? Lauren Hale & Stacee Parkinson
Last September, seventeen-year-old Lauren Hale from Newcastle performed to a crowd of 650 people at The Concourse in Sydney. Before this, the 'biggest performance of her life', she had sung locally ...

What is it about water?
Following on from our recent blog focusing on details a surfing camp run by Surfers Healing for kids with autism and their families. White packs it all into this five-minute film - hearty vox pops with ...

Focus on Adventure
From Patagonia to Sydney Harbour, people with disability are seeking adventure for thrills, healing and many other benefits in between... Not to mention the adventures to be had in your own back yard, ...

Well, that was fun!
Were you one of the 650 people who came to the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Awards Night at The Concourse in Sydney? Or one of the thousands who watched it live via Facebook? If not, you can see ...

Focus on Malawi - a chance and a choice
Of the 53 films submitted by international entrants in Focus On Ability 2018, 20% came from Malawi. All of them were documentaries. The message from Malawi? Education is everything. In , Zuze's ...

Kapow! Films about women packing a punch
Each year Focus On Ability (FOA) expands its reach further into world with entries from people in countries not represented before. When watching the films from five such countries, the emerging theme ...

Thank you for seeing me - focus on vision
The solid theme across all of the entries throughout the ten years of Focus On Ability is: 'Please notice my abilities', which is why, in this blog, we're focusing on vision, not vision impairment. At ...

Where are they now? Jared Hargreaves
In 2017 Jared Hargreaves won the Focus On Ability Open Short Film section with his film 'Mr Joe'. Apart from feeling like a star at the gala awards night, Jared also won a 3-week all-expenses-paid ...

What it feels like - focus on autism
This year's Focus On Ability received around 50 films dealing with what if feels like to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ASD community - directors, actors, writers and editors - are ...

Telling stories through animation
So many different mediums are represented in Focus On Ability 2018. Of all of them, animation, in all its forms, seems to be the most accessible. We have entries from an eight-year-old Aussie boy as well ...

Notes from the judges: David Cameron on participation
When asked to be involved in Focus On Ability (FOA) as a judge, David was interested straight away. As both actor and director, he'd worked with John and Ambassador over the years and trusted ...

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