Voting has opened in the Focus on Ability competition. Please check out our entry and vote for our chance at the Voter’s Choice Award and your chance to win a $50 iTunes voucher daily.
It’s been awhile. I’ve been busy. But hey, I’m always busy. This time, the busy-ness was due to my involvement in this year’s Focus on Ability competition. Basically, I wanted a reason to spend some time with my family in Bendigo, and this seemed like a good one.
So I asked Cai: “I want to do a movie with you, showing your abilities. What do you want to happen?”
And he said: “I want a wizard who lives in a cavern of fire, and I want to do magic.”
So I adjusted my expectations and we started work on the most epic five minute amateur film ever.
And now it’s done. And we have entered it into the competition. And we need your help to get the voting numbers. Below is a voting link, and below that are some of the behind the scenes bits that will get you excited about what we did. It was a mammoth effort involving three families, and I’m hoping it gets the attention my families deserve for all of their efforts.
2019 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards
Open Short Film Section
I’m writing to let you know that my film The Imagination Master is a finalist in the NOVA Employment 2019 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards.
Focus on Ability (FOA) is designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability. This year they’re celebrating 11 years of doing just that!
About Focus On Ability:
Based in Australia, this year’s FOA festival had an amazing 245 entries, including 104 school entries and 61 international films. Following successful screenings last year right around Australia, in New Zealand, New York, Zimbabwe and Malawi this year the competition received entries from 26 countries. More info.
Last year’s winners from the Open sections can be viewed here. As you can see, the competition is stiff!
Choice Short Film
Winner – Sebastian Chan – Bus Trip
Judges Choice Documentary
Winner – Kasimir Burgess – Paul
Most Online Votes
Winner – Nicole Molloy & Matt Watt – He Will Walk
Best Australian Actor
George Holahan-Cantwell – Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant
This could be the richest short-film festival in the world, with over $175,000 in prizes to be shared among the winners.
The winner of the Judges Choice Open Short Film section wins an amazing prize! Winner – 1 return ticket to Los Angeles, 6 Weeks Accommodation at UP(st)ART Creative Living, 1 Ticket to the American Film Market, 1 Ticket the Australians In Film Gala Dinner & Membership to Australians In Film, Meetings with International Judges for mentorships, Live Studio Tapings of US Shows, $5000 worth of legal services from Kate L Raynor & Associates, 1 Ticket to Media Access Awards & Acknowledgement, Warner Bros Studio Tour Tickets.
My film is also in the running to win Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director, Screen Producers Award and…
Most Online Votes – Winner – $5000 cash prize courtesy of Club York
This is where you come in!
Even though I’m confident the judges will love my film, if our local community gets behind me, it might just win the Most Online Votes!
Voting starts 20 June and concludes 3 July: http://www.focusonability.com.au/
Voters go in the running to win a $50 iTunes voucher, but you can only vote once in each category. The six categories are:
- Australia & New Zealand Schools Documentary
- Australia & New Zealand Schools Short Film
- Australian Open Documentary
- Australian Open Short Film – this is us
- International Documentary
- International Short Film.
Winners attend a red-carpet event at The Concourse in Sydney on 6 September 2019.
Quotes from Martin Wren, CEO NOVA Employment: (FOA was his big idea!)
‘Focus is a constant source of amazement for me. It came as a random thought bubble, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could use the medium of film to highlight the ability of people with disability?” It could change the world!’
‘Now, I’m a Brixton kid – I’m hard as nails when I need to be – but I can guarantee you that I’ll weep at least 5 times when I watch those films. I hear, see and feel people saying things like, “I didn’t know that anyone would ever love me” and “It feels like I’m being destroyed”. I have to go back and replay to check: “Yes they actually said that in my film fest.”’
‘I don’t think, as a person, you can fail to be impressed and inspired by taking ten minutes to see a couple of FOA films. FOA changes attitudes about people with disability and this is important because it’s the first step towards an inclusive society.’