IN FOCUS: Filmmakers from RED Inc, Peter Dickson of Ballina left, and Jackson Reid of Lismore, are finalists in the Focus on Ability Film Competition.
IN FOCUS: Filmmakers from RED Inc, Peter Dickson of Ballina left, and Jackson Reid of Lismore, are finalists in the Focus on Ability Film Competition. Cathy Adams

RED Inc filmmakers focusing on ability

TWO local filmmakers from Realising Every Dream Inc have their sights set on the big screen, with each of their films revealed as award finalists in a short film festival.

Local independent filmmaker, Terese Van Twest, worked with the clients of disability service RED Inc one day a week for four months, to create their own film projects.

Peter Dickson, of Ballina, and Jackson Reid, of Lismore, were then overjoyed to find their films were chosen as finalists in the Open Entrant category of the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Awards.

Ms Van Twest said she was so proud of the two aspiring filmmakers.

"I think it's fantastic, I'm really excited that they've made the finals," she said.

"They really deserve it, they've worked so hard."

Mr Dickson said he'd wanted to create his film, Trolleyman, for a few years now, and finally got the opportunity to, thanks to Ms Van Twest and RED Inc.

The film focuses on Superhero, Trolleyman, and aims to raise awareness to people to encourage them to bring their trolleys back once they've finished using them.

The idea is inspired by Mr Dickson's own experience working as a trolleyman for the last eight years.

Mr Reid's film is a music video for his song I Really Want To Get To Know You More, which won the Urban/Electronic category at the 2014 Young Songwriters Competition.

The song, and the subsequent music video, tells the story of a young man trying to ask a woman, who he has a sweet spot for, out on a date - a situation anyone can relate to.

Both men said they were very excited when they found out they were finalists, and have their fingers crossed that one of them wins.

Both of them have fallen in love with filmmaking, and plan to continue the art.

Mr Dickson said he plans on creating a sequel to Trollyman in the next few weeks, while Mr Reid said he plans to create more music videos as he creates more music.

To watch their films, and to vote, head to http://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/Films.html and click on the Open Entrant Short Films