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Results for NOVA Employment’s Short Film Festival

31 Aug 2010An awesome night was had by all who attended NOVA Employments first ever Short Film Festival, on Wednesday 25th August, at Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter. It was an excellent turn out with around 180 people attending, including many radio stations and a representative from channel 9.

It started off by mingling in the Hoyts Movie Theatre foyer with some drinks and nibblies, where we got to meet some of the hopeful entrants.

We were then all summoned into our designated theatre for the show to begin (accompanied by popcorn and drinks to enjoy the show!)

Martin Wren, NOVA Employments CEO emceed the night with a fabulous and entertaining outcome! Even getting the whole theatre to chant ‘NOVA, NOVA, NOVA' whenever he thought it was required.

First up, before the films began, we had some performances by Dance Ability who entered a film into our Open Entrant category. I spoke to some of them prior to their performance and they were nervous but most of all, extremely excited and eager to get on with the show, which they did in style.

Once we had viewed all the short films, it was time to announce the winners. Our Student Entrant winners were Jack Noble, who scored 1st place for A Day In The Life Of Jack, which can be viewed by clicking this link - http, Jack took home $1500 for his well deserved efforts. 2nd place went to Michael Wilkie, who entered his film titled: Ability – it can be viewed by clicking this link -, Michael took home $500, well done to both of you!

Now, our school groups had two winning spots, but due to popular demand by our NOVA Employment staff, a third place was also awarded. 1st place went to Bates Drive School For Special Purposes, for their film titled: Bates Drive Ability – it showcased their brilliant way of learning, to view their film, click on this link -, they picked up a whopping $5000 for their winning film. 2nd place was awarded to Chatham High School for their film titled: Focus On Ability, click on this link to view their efforts -, they took home $1500 for their short film. Finally, the Staff's pick was awarded to Penrith Valley Learning Centre for their film called: Why, to view, click on this link - Big congratulations to all of the school group winners!

Now for the Open Entrant films, there were also three winners which included another staff voted third place. 1st place went to the very excited group, Dance Ability for their film: It's All About Ability, to view their heart warming short film, which shows what Dance Ability is all about, click on this link - Dance Ability took home a massive $5000, which they say will help them to purchase uniforms and continue their excellent work, that is Dance Ability. After all of the gigantic novelty cheques were given out to the winners, Dance Ability did an encore performance for the theatre, the happiness in their bright faces brought tears to many eyes. 2nd place went to Danielle Weymark, for her film: If Your Heart Wears Thin, to view, click on this link - Danielle took away $1500 for her wonderful effort. 3rd place, our staff pick, was awarded to Pete Doherty for his film titled: Rolling On, a film about his friend Jared, who is in a wheelchair, the film follows his journey from Canberra to Sydney for his career in animation. To view Pete's film, click on this link - Jared and I have something in common which I was very excited to learn on the night, we both have Brittle Bones.

On behalf of NOVA Employment, I would love to thank all of our entrants who put so much effort into creating their short film masterpieces! You all did a fantastic job and are all winners for focusing on ability! Keep up the great work!

Massive congratulations to all of our Focus On Ability II Short Film Competition winners for 2010, and we look forward to seeing you and many more, entering in Focus On Ability III in 2011..... Stay tuned to for details on next year's comp!

To view a video of the nights events, copy and past this link into your browser -

Here's an article about Dance Ability that appeared in the Wentworth Courier on the 19th August before they were announced as our Open Entrant winners - Just copy and paste this link into your browser -

Results for NOVA Employment’s Short Film Festival

Results for NOVA Employment’s Short Film Festival

Results for NOVA Employment’s Short Film Festival

Results for NOVA Employment’s Short Film Festival

The foyer before the films

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