MacDonald Nyirenda who is the founder of Focus On Ability Society - FOAS in Malawi appealed to people to vote for the Malawian films as the competition has the power to promote talent and skills of the people with disability in the country.
“There are more talents and skills in people with disabilities in Malawi. If Malawians vote more, there will be greater promotion of their achievements. I want to quote Martin Wren, the founder of Focus on Ability and CEO of NOVA Employment that ‘FOA gives us fantastic insight into how society’s attitudes are changing towards people with disability and get inspired,” said Nyirenda.
He added that the Focus On Ability - FOA Awards are designed to encourage film makers to focus on the ability of people with disability.
“As the online voting started on July 25 and it will end on August 7, 2017, NOVA Employment Agency in Australia and a Malawian partner, Focus on Ability Society (FOAS), encourage Malawians to watch and vote for their favourite film on http://www.focusonability.com.au/,” he appealed.
This year’s FOA competition hit a record number of 209 entries, including 101 school entries in Australia and 53 international films. Following successful screenings last year in New Zealand, New York and Zimbabwe in 2017 the competition received entries from 19 countries including Malawi.
According to Nyirenda there will be winner by judges and winner with more votes and a person has to vote once.
“There are two major categories for international films; there will be a winner judged by a panel of judges and another winner with more online votes. Every day during voting, voters go in the running to win a $50 iTunes voucher, but you can only vote once in each category. The five categories are: International Award, Australia & New Zealand Schools Documentary, Australia and New Zealand Schools Short Film, Australian Open Documentary and Australian Open Short Film,” said Nyirenda.
FOAS founder further states that he is impressed with more films from Malawi this year. He further disclosed that NOVA Employment and their Malawian counterpart plan to organise their first ever films screening in Malawi on the date to be announced.