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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 ...

It gets bigger every year!
'This year's Focus On Ability (FOA) film selection feels even more international,' says long-time judge David Cameron of the 2018 competition. 'There's a sense of expansion,' ...

Something for everyone
'I don't want to say, 'There's something for everyone' in this film festival, but I have to! Because there is,' says Martin Wren, CEO of NOVA Employment and the person who came ...

Voting has started
Public voting has started in the tenth annual Focus On Ability film competition and, if past years are anything to go by, the winner of Most Online Votes will do so by just a few votes. It gets pretty ...

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 filmmaker, Hardy shot shorts themed around the rights, responsibilities ...

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 filmmaker, Hardy shot shorts themed around the rights, responsibilities ...

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