Independent filmmaker Lowry Odhiambo is flying the Kenyan flag high with his film "Walking Tall", making it as a finalist in the NOVA Employment 2017 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards in Australia. This is not the first of his films to make it to the finals, just last year, his film "Runway Dreams" also made it to the finals in the same festival.
The Focus on Ability (FOA) Awards, which is in its ninth year, isaimedat encouraging filmmakers to focus on the abilities of people with disability. Last year, the winners came from Uganda- Prince Joel OkuyoAtiku with his film "Mr.Ability" and Sri Lanka- HasanthaDissanayake with "Disability is not a Dis-Ability".
The winners of the international sections are awarded with "The Australian Experience " which comprises 2 return airfares to Australia to attend the Focus On Ability Red Carpet Awards on the 6th September, 2017, plus 2 weeks accommodation at Rydges Sydney Central and $1500 spending money.
This year’s FOA competition hit a record number of 209 entries, including 101 school entries and 53 international films. Following successful screenings last year in New Zealand, New York and Zimbabwe this year the competition received entries from a record number of countries (19), including, for the first time, Ethiopia. There’s also a prize for the most online votes. If our local community gets behind me- which the Kenyan filmmaker is hopeful of winning.
The voting starts 25thJuly and concludes on 7th August via the following link: http://www.focusonability.com.au/. Here's a little incentive to get you to click the link, everyday during voting, voters go in the running to win a $50 iTunes voucher. Winners are announced on Facebook, and have four hours to comment on the post they are mentioned in to claim the prize.