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.