Voting has Closed

Thanks to all the filmmakers, actors, participants, voters and viewers. This year's competition has been the biggest on record.

The Focus On Ability Film Festival is now ten years old. We're going to celebrate on 5 September at The Concourse in Chatswood, Sydney.


Search the Catalogue

Click the icon above to visit a page where you can search the entire film catalogue by keyword(s).



Use Filters on Catalogue

Click the icon above to visit a page where you can use various dropdown lists to filter the catalogue by competion year, entry category and origin country.



View Great Playlists

Click the icon above to visit view playlists of the best films chosen from all the films in the catalogue.



Keyword Cloud

Click the icon above to visit a page where you can view keyword clouds relating to themes in each of the films in the catalogue. It's a great way to get into the minds of the filmmakers.

The Focus Story

This festival asks film makers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with a disability and tell a story on film for the world to view.

Films are judged by a professional judging panel and subject to an online voting process, with separate prizes for each category.

Meet the Team

The Focus on Ability film festival is involves a huge amount of effort from a large number of talented individuals. Meet some of those people here.

FOA Creator, Martin Wren
Martin WrenIn 2009, CEO of NOVA Employment Martin Wren began the festival with the goal of bringing that belief to the world through the medium of film.
FOA Ambassador, Paula Duncan
Paula DuncanPaula Duncan, known for both her success in the Australian film and television industry and passion for supporting people with disability, have worked tirelessly to bring this festival to the world.
Creative Director, Ryan Goodwin
Ryan GoodwinRyan Goodwin studied as a journalist and has used his curiosity and ability to talk to people to encourage film makers from all walks of life to tell their story via the medium of film. Ryan...

Focus Blog

Well, that was fun!
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Focus on Malawi - a chance and a choice
Of the 53 films submitted by international entrants in Focus On Ability 2018, 20% came from Malawi. All of them were documentaries. The message from Malawi? Education is everything. In , Zuze's ...

Kapow! Films about women packing a punch
Each year Focus On Ability (FOA) expands its reach further into world with entries from people in countries not represented before. When watching the films from five such countries, the emerging theme ...

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