An image from John Rado's film Life is Dance, featuring dancer Tara Coughlan.
An image from John Rado's film Life is Dance, featuring dancer Tara Coughlan. Contributed

Local film needs help to see Tara shine on the big screen

A LOCAL short film about Ballina dancer Tara Coughlan by Fernleigh filmmaker John Rado needs online support from the Northern Rivers community to get a live screening and broadcast in the Focus on Ability Online Film Festival.

The film is called Dance is Life and it's a short five-minute documentary.

Click here to see the short and vote for it.

To vote, click on Vote Now, in a blue square in the left bottom corner under the film, and then activate the vote by clicking on the link they send to your email.

Tara Coughlan

Tara Coughlan is a leading artist in Federal's Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre.

The troupe will show their latest full length work, Encounters, at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall on October 6 to 8 and at Lennox Head on October 15 and 16 as part of an Arts and Health weekend at Park Lane Theatre.

Tara Coughlan was also recently selected as one of 15 Australian dancers with a disability for a residency based in Sydney to be held later this year, and is flying off on her own to Perth next month to work with Paige Gordon Tracksuit Dance Company for 10 days.

Tara and Cassie dance: Tara Coughlan, 18, and Cassie Warman, 26, will perform at the Australian Youth Dance Festival at South Australia. They gave us a sneak-peak at their routine.
Tara and Cassie dance: Tara Coughlan, 18, and Cassie Warman, 26, will perform at the Australian Youth Dance Festival at South Australia. They gave us a sneak-peak at their routine.

The festival

The theme for the competition asks film makers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with a disability.

In 2015, 163 films were entered and the winners shared in over $100,000 in prizes.

The festival culminates in an awards night held in Sydney with 2016 dates set to be announced.

Entrants will have the chance to feel like Scorsese and see their films premiered on the big screen as well as the chance to have their film shown on national television.

Of the 2015 entrants, 12 films were played live at the 2015 awards evening in front of a packed 700 person theatre and 10 films were screened across Australia on SBS. 

The 2015 festival also held screenings in New York and Auckland, with many more screenings planned for the 2016 festival.