Verney Road School students finalists in film awards

By Madeleine Byron

Ten Verney Road School students will see their names in Melbourne lights after becoming finalist in the NOVA Focus On Ability Short Film Awards.

Based in Australia, this year’s FOA festival had more than 200 entries, including 104 school entries and 61 international films.

School teacher Lisa Warren said she was very proud of the students for making it into the finals.

‘‘The students are in the running to win cash prizes of up to $10000,’’ Ms Warren said.

Introducing filmmaking into the curriculum, Ms Warren said the Year 10 students produced stop-motion films using plasticine characters and sculptures and the Year 11 students produced films using techniques such as live videoing and special effects.

She said even though she was confident that the judges would love the films, the students needed the local community to get behind them and vote online.

‘‘If we win, we get to attend a red-carpet gala awards night in Sydney in September,’’ Ms Warren said.

The students’ film include Jimmy’s Take Over The World, The Pizza Place, Trucking, Thomas’s Movie and Ibrahim & Kobe’s Film.

Ms Warren said the awards were designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability.

‘‘It’s the first year we have entered and the students have had a lot of fun and learnt a lot about filmmaking,’’ she said.

Head to and follow the links to School Entrant Short Films, Verney Road School, to vote. Voting closes on July 3.