Have you heard about the Focus on Ability Film festival?

Well, I also learnt about it from a friend and learnt that Uganda is participating and has participated before. Focus On Ability Film Festival is an annual short film competition,run by a non-profit organization and the entry is free.

The festival/competition calls for short films showcasing ability of people with disabilities (how cool!). Many times we ignore what they can do because of their status.

This year again Uganda is participating alongside other seventeen countries. A short Film By Joel Okuyo Atiku entitled MR ABILITY. Voting is on going so one can go to the Focus on Ability Film Festival website and vote. It’s the only Ugandan entry this year. Voting closes on 8th August so let’s all vote,support Ugandan and show love to our own. Voting is in three categories:

Judges Choice – Best International Short Film or Documentary – Winner – Australian Experience -2 Return Airfares to Australia to attend Focus On Ability Red Carpet Awards on the 7th September, 2016 courtesy of DIVA Enterprises, 2 weeks accommodation at Rydges Sydney Central. Meetings with our esteemed judges, guided tour of AFTRS and meetings with distinguished staff and $1500 spending money. * Prize subject to VISA approval


Silkari Hotels Best International Actor in a Short Film with a Disability- Winner – 2 Return economy flights to Sydney for the winner and a carer or partner, including 21 nights of accommodation twin share. Courtesy of Silkari Hotels


Most International Online Votes – Winner – 1 ticket to Australia to attend the Red Carpet Awards night on the 7th September, 2016 and 1 weeks accommodation at Rydges.

I got chance to talk to Joel so please follow the brief interview below;


The film is basically about not under estimating one’s potential in life and not giving up, most importantly to be resourceful. The story is of Simon Peter Lubega who is a crippled youth that is passionate about art; he stitches inspirational words on nylon sacks for a living this form of art is expressional the value is in the words- He has to work hard to help out his mother who was the family head and bread winner till she got kidney failure and asthma now the burden of winning daily bread is squarely on his shoulders.


This story is a kind that is an inspiration in itself as it is a true story so I would say it was inspired by Simon Peter Lubega an icon, a diamond in the rough a strong fabric of society of society that is not looked at most times. He is a true prove that the youth are poor among potential plenty because they have their eyes fixed on the white collar jobs that are limited.


I learned about the competition through an invitational email to make a film to complete in this year’s focus on ability competition in Australia; it was an email from Ryan who contacted me through my website I gues it is the work of God that I was destined to be in this years’ competition


After I visited the family of Simon Peter Lubega, I decided to interviews him and his mother then wrote a rough guiding script for the shoot, otherwise it is a more of a documentary that is factual and not run by a strict script with typed dialogue.


I believe I will win so , WHEN I WIN! , I intend to help out Simon Peter on his dreams of expanding his business to be able to support his family, If the Prize is monetary that is; otherwise I would like to use the popularity of the story to make a commercial version of the same to give proceeds to Simon Peter for the same. All I want is his strut known so he gets help in anyway possible he was kind enough to let me do his story at no cost the best I can do is to give back to him all that comes out of the film.





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