Twelve films from Malawi have reached the finals of the Nova Employment 2019 Focus On Ability (FOA) Short Film Awards.
FOA Short Film Awards are designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disabilities.
Speaking in an interview, FOA Malawi executive director MacDonald Nyirenda encouraged Malawians to take part by voting for their favourite film or documentary as one away of promoting and valuing abilities and achievements of people with disabilities in Malawi.
The filmmakers that get the most online votes stand a chance of winning a return ticket to Australia to attend the FOA Red Carpet Awards night on September 6 2019 and one-week accommodation in Sydney.
Said Nyirenda: “To vote, a person is required to own a valid e-mail address that will be used to activate a vote for it to be counted. Everyone can only vote once in each of the six categories, including the international category where Malawian films compete among 61 entries.”
This year’s FOA festival had 245 entries, including 104 school entries and 61 international films.
Following successful screenings in Australia, New Zealand, New York, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the competition received entries from 26 countries.
Based in Australia, FOA gives an insight into how society’s attitudes are changing towards people with disabilities.
Voting on www.focusonability.com.au started on June 20 and ends on July 3 2019.
In Malawi, FOA Short Film Festival is organised by the Focus on Ability Society (FOAS) that started the FOAs Short Film Festival in 2017.
Last year’s finalist, Chisomo Livason of the short film The Spectacle Hand went away with $1 000 (K740 000).