Peter Dickson and Peter MacDonald have both had their short films named as finalists in the  Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Awards.
Peter Dickson and Peter MacDonald have both had their short films named as finalists in the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Awards.

Local filmmakers make Focus On Ability finals

TWO local filmmakers from Realising Every Dream Inc have had their short films chosen as finalists in a national competition.

Peter Dickson of Ballina, and Peter MacDonald of Lismore, were excited to learn their films have been chosen as finalists in the Open Entrant category of the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival Awards.

Local independent filmmaker Terese Van Twest worked with the two clients of disability service RED Inc for six months to create their own film projects.

"I am really happy for both of them," she said.

"It's great these guys are able to showcase their talent and compete for some awesome prizes."

Peter Dickson made it to the finals last year with his superhero film Trolleyman and he was delighted to hear the sequel Trolleyman 2 has made it to the finals this year.

He is now busy writing Trolleyman 3.

Peter MacDonald, who plays the arch-villain in the Trolleyman films, has entered his first film The Chosen One, a hand drawn animation about a boy who receives special powers.

Mr MacDonald has almost completed his second short animation film about zombies.

Voting finishes on Monday August 8 for the eighth annual Focus on Ability Film Festival awards, so this is your last chance to vote for your favourite film.

Past films have been exposed to:

  • Award-winning judges
  • National Australian television
  • Viewers in over 100 countries
  • Live screenings in Sydney, New York, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland
  • Over 270,000 online votes

Both Peters are good friends, and have wished each other luck and success on their respective films.

You can help them achieve their dreams by voting for them online.

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

The winner of Judges Choice - Best Open Entrant Short Film will win two return economy airfares to Los Angeles courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines, accommodation at Oakwood Apartments, tickets to Australians in Film Gala Dinner and meeting with international industry experts; Film classes at TAFTA, and experience shooting in the USA; Tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

The runner up will win a $5000 Voucher from Harvey Norman.

The winner of the Most Online Votes will win $7,500 and runner up will win $2,500.

The FOA Film Festival calls for films that showcase the ability of people with a disability.

These short films and documentaries break down the barriers for people with a disability to participate fully in society, mainly through encouraging viewers to shift their perspective.