A documentary that looks into what it’s like to be dating with a disability has taken out this year’s inaugural Ablefest Short Film Festival, which celebrates the skills and talents of people with disabilities.
The winner was announced at a special award ceremony on Saturday 23 November, held at the University of New England Future Campus, Parramatta.
The winning entry, ‘If she likes me?’ by nine participants of Riverside Theatres’ Beyond the Square program, took out the award for best film. Each participant received $700 in prize money.
A film by participants of the Katoomba Day Program received the Highly Commended Award for ‘Humpty’.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr John Chedid said that AbleFest is a great way to showcase the talents and abilities of people in Western Sydney.
“AbleFest focuses on films made by people with disabilities, starring people with disabilities. It is a fantastic way to help dispel negative perceptions about living with a disability,” Cr Chedid said.
“Council is proud to support this film festival, which aims to nurture an all-inclusive arts culture in Western Sydney. It is an excellent way for budding film makers to get some experience and build their skills,” Cr Chedid said.
The competition was open to all Western Sydney residents, including Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Penrith, Parramatta and Wollondilly local government areas.
AbleFest Short Film Festival is supported by Parramatta City Council, Holroyd City Council and Bendigo Bank.
Watch the winning film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOET-fr8vQ4&feature=youtu.be