Mr. Ability
Title: Mr. Ability
Author: Prynce Joel Okuyo Atiku
Category: International Short Film
Year: 2016
Location: Uganda
Mr Ability is a story of Simon Peter Lubega, a physically impaired, creative artist who wakes up early morning and works against all odds until late on his art pieces to raise money to support himself and his family. He hopes to sell a special piece he made for the president at a special price to raise money for his mother’s treatment and build his dream business.

Paul
Title: Paul
Author: Kasimir Burgess
Category: Open Entrant - Documentary
Year: 2018
Location: VIC
A friend, a lover, a knight in shining armour…meet Paul, a man with Down syndrome, living in his own home - his 'castle' - in inner Melbourne. Paul gives us an intimate glimpse into Paul's world as he shares his thoughts on love, loneliness, dancing and the awfully big adventure that is life.

Mat
Title: Mat
Author: Sean Dobra
Category: Open Entrant - Documentary
Year: 2015
Location: NSW
Mat’s positive energy in tackling life, no matter the obstacle positively influences those closest to him. Whether it is attending music festival or using his design ability for employment, Mat sees no obstacle, just opportunity.

Never Give Up
Title: Never Give Up
Author: Nicholas Ryan
Category: Open Entrant - Documentary
Year: 2013
Location: NSW
On the 20th May, 1987 Kate Boyd’s life changed forever. A car accident left Kate with life altering conditions, but her never give up attitude has seen her take on life with full gusto. Kate says, “I’m not just someone with a disability, I have loads of ability.”

Seeing Shai
Title: Seeing Shai
Author: Northside Christian College
Category: School Entrant - Short Film
Year: 2016
Location: QLD

During a lunch break at school, a group of Year 9s wonder what it must be like to be Shai, a boy in their grade with Down syndrome. As they imagine ‘the sad life’ he must have, one student bravely speaks up for Shai and counters their misperceptions with the truth that she found out, simply because she spoke to Shai. At the end, the students gather around Shai and spend the rest of their lunch together.


Martin Wren

CEO
NOVA Employment

Martin Wren is the Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Employment, a Sydney based Disability Employment Service that has supported the vocational aspirations of people with disability for almost 30 years. More than 16,000 people have successfully been supported by NOVA Employment to gain work in open employment.
In 2009, Martin began the Focus on Ability Film Festival with a belief in the ability of people with disability, and the goal of bringing that belief to the world through the medium of film. Martin recognised the power of film to challenge people’s fixed beliefs and perceptions about the lives and abilities of people with disability around the world.


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