MacDonald Nyirenda, Executive Director of Focus on Ability Society (FOAS), the organisers of Focus on Ability Short Film Festival in Malawi calls for Malawians to vote for their favourite documentary produced by Malawi based filmmakers that are competing in the international documentaries category.
“Voting for films and documentaries from across the world started on 20th June and will end on 3rd July 2018. We are therefore appealing for Malawians to vote for their favourite documentary in the international documentary category,” Nyirenda appealed.
Nyirenda said voters can vote on www.focusonability.com.au and stand a chance of winning a daily $50 Itunes voucher.
“This year we have a record of 297 films including 11 from Malawi up on our website promoting the wonderful skills and abilities of people with disability. I want to quote the founder of Focus on Ability Short Film Festival and CEO of NOVA
Employment that if you do one thing today, be sure to watch some of films and whilst you are there voting for your favourite you can win a daily $50 Itunes voucher,” he said.
The Executive Director said in order to vote, a voter must have a valid email address.
“For someone to vote has to possess an active email address as that is required for activating the vote. Therefore every voter is advised to check his/her email inbox to activate the vote after voting.”
A top Malawi documentary will be awarded $1000 at the films screening and award event to be held this year in Malawi on a day to be announced.
“This year again one winner among films from Malawi will walk away with $1000 at the coming event when we will screen competing films from Malawi and other African countries. Last year our screening event was held on 26th November at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre and very soon we will announce the date and venue for the 2018 festival event,” Nyirenda said.
Focus on Ability Short Film Festival was founded in 2009 by Martin Wren, chief executive officer of NOVA Employment in Australia with the aim of bringing more awareness about abilities and achievements of people with disability across the world through a medium of a film. In Africa through MacDonald Nyirenda, Malawi was the second country to adopt FOA in 2017 after Zimbambwe in 2016.