L’iare takes top gong at Focus On Ability Short Film Festival
The winners of the 2015 Focus On Ability Short! Film Festival were announced at a red carpet event attended by over 600 people in Sydney.
The festival attracted 161 entries from 14 countries including Rwanda, Canada, US, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
The annaul festival aims to raise awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities.
Jenna Kenell's Bumblebees took out the best international short film, while Georgia Cramp's L'iare won the Best Australian Short Film Award.
Dragon Dreaming, from Daniel Clarke, won best documentary; Kellyville High School won the Best School Short Film and Caption Jacob won Best School Documentary.
The winners were decided by public online voting and an international panel of film industry professionals including casting director Rick Milikan, producer, Bill Hughes, director, David Cameron, producer/director, Di Drew, actor Christopher Thornton and director Rod Hardy.
Focus On Ability chief executive, Martin Wren, said the ability of filmmakers to highlight the achievements of those with a disability was remarkable.
"The film competition is building momentum for change – not only for those with a disability, but also for the community at large."