The Director of Focus on Ability Society Mac Donald Nyirenda said the best filmmaker will walk away with $1000. He said so far 10 short films are competing among them only one female film maker.
”All is set for the big day; everyone who is interested can come and witness the event. We want people to appreciate the ability of people with disabilities,” he said appealing to parents and guardians with children with disabilities to let their children showcase their skills and talents.
Nyirenda added that people with disabilities have ability to do what other people cannot do. He pointed out that on the award day short films on ability of people with disabilities will be beamed.
“We have invited companies to be with us as these are the employers. We want them appreciate the ability of people with disabilities. We decided to come up with this initiative because of many reasons like discrimination in the society,” added Nyirenda.
Focus on Ability Short Film Festival Malawi is a Spotlight of the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival by NOVA Employment of Australia.
Focus on Ability Short Film festival is an annually international competition calling for filmmakers to submit 5 min film/documentary showcasing skills and achievements of people with disabilities.
In 2009, CEO of NOVA Employment Martin Wren began the festival with a belief in the ability of people with disabilities, and bringing that belief to the world through the medium of film.
Martin recognized the power of film to challenge people’s fixed beliefs and perceptions about the lives and abilities of people with disabilities in the world.
In Malawi, the society started in 2016.