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Portland students in the running in Film Festival

Two Portland Central School students have created a short film as part of the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival.

Jarod and Shannon Stewart made a documentary about Marfan syndrome, a condition they both live with, and used unique illustration and film making techniques to create an insightful mini-documentary about the condition.

Their film has been selected as a finalist in the festival and is now in the running for over $100,000 worth of cash and prizes.

Relieving Principal at Portland Central School has called on the community to get behind the young film makers in the final days of voting to give them a real boost and a chance to be in the running for the prize pool.

NOVA Employment has presented the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival for the last 13 years. This festival asks film makers to “Focus on the Ability” of people with a disability and tell a story on film for the world to view. 

“Despite all the challenges we faced in 2020 our film makers continued the push and we had an amazing 267 entries,” said a spokesperson for NOVA.

“This has laid the foundations for a 2021 festival which is set to be the biggest yet, and our generous sponsors have donated over $100,000 worth of cash and prizes to encourage film makers and people with disability to tell their stories,” they continued.

To view the film and vote for Jarod and Shannon visit https://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/2444.html

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