Ian Heydon - Creative Writing, Fiction And Non-Fiction Author Of Childrens And Adults Books, Travel Guides And Travel Web Sites

What’s in a Name?

Well, I was totally surprised when I picked up the Best Actor award in the NOVA Employment 2021 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards. The prize included a lot of mentoring, coaching and workshops online in Los Angeles (Diversity Pictures and AAFTA). It was a busy time with about 5 hours Zooming each week from February to June! The film itself also picked up a Highly Commended Award. Here you go:

Focus on Ability (FOA) is designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability. This year they’re celebrating 14 years of doing just that!

What’s in a Name? is the first short-film I have produced and it is the first time I have hopped in front of the camera… well, wheeled in front of the camera.

My co-producer, director and editor is Shayne Cantly, owner of the Toowoomba-based production company, Shoot ‘N’ Edit.

About Focus On Ability:

Based in Australia, the 2021 FOA festival Australian Open section had an amazing 88 finalists. The festival itself has 264 finalists from 21 countries.

This could be the richest short-film festival in the world, with over $100,000AUD in prizes to be shared among the festival winners.

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