Dina wins Best Australian Actor at short film festival
Congratulations to PLC Sydney staff member, and ex-student, Dina Franks who won the 'Best Australian Actor with a Disability' award in the 8th annual Focus on Ability (FOA) Short Film Festival. Dina shines in her film about love, loneliness and acceptance.
In March this year a group of young adults with disabilities came together to produce a short film. Professional filmmaker, Brendan O'Connell, guided them through the process of creating a storyline. Together, the group worked on the script, selected their roles and after 10 long weeks produced an incredible film called Short Change. It was entered into the 2016 FOA Festival and put through an online voting process and professional judging panel.
The awards night was held on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at Concourse Hall in Chatswood. The group was up against some amazing talent from across the globe. Dina won the 'Best Australian Actor with a Disability' award which included an LA Experience Course (a 6-week acting program in LA with top managers, casting directors and coaches), return flights, accommodation and tickets to Disneyland!
‘It was big surprise and I was thrilled to get this award. Thanks to everyone in my group, you were amazing too.’
The FOA Festival is aimed at raising awareness of the abilities of people with a disability. Congratulations Dina on a marvellous performance.
To watch Short Change and read the rave reviews, please visit the Focus on Ability website.
Image 1: Dina accepting her award at the 8th annual Focus on Ability Film Festival.
Image 2: Dina giving her acceptance speech.
Image 3: Dr Paul Burgis with Dina at PLC Sydney