STUDENTS at Bass Coast Specialist School have been tirelessly working in the past month to produce a short film on what it means to be inclusive in Bass Coast.
The film was entered into the international Focus On Ability competition and their film is up against similar ones from New Zealand, New York and Zimbabwe.
The films are online as of Tuesday, July 25 and anyone can view and vote for their favourite one.
Drift Media’s Mick Green taught Bass Coast Specialist School students how to use the cameras, including mounting cameras on wheelchairs.
Students went to a beach at Cape Paterson and a park to film. Visiting different places with their classmates helped them to understand accessibility issues some of their mates’ experience.
Bass Coast Specialist School principal Edith Gray said more than 200 people entered the Focus On Ability competition.
The film was completed towards the end of last term, and was submitted into the Focus On Ability Short Film Awards, where it was short-listed as a finalist.
“The staff didn’t do anything; the students organised, filmed and produced it,” Ms Gray said.
“The competition’s been running for about nine years and the Most Online Votes award wins $10,000 in Rebel Sport vouchers and that would go a long way.”
To see the student-made film and to vote, go to www.focusonability.com.au and search for ‘We Are Here’ in the Schools’ Documentary Section.
But hurry, voting ends on Monday, August 7. If the Bass Coast Specialist School wins, students and staff will be invited to a Gala Awards night in Sydney in September.