Films by Safety Bay Senior High, Malibu School students make NOVA awards shortlist

Safety Bay Senior High School student Sebastien Rusby, who directed a film shortlisted for the Focus On Ability Short Film Awards.
Safety Bay Senior High School student Sebastien Rusby, who directed a film shortlisted for the Focus On Ability Short Film Awards.

SAFETY Bay Senior High School Media students teamed up with staff and students from Malibu School to create two films that have been shortlisted in the NOVA Employment 2017 Focus OnAbility Short Film Awards.

In their ninth year, the Focus on Ability Film Awards are designed to encourage film makers to focus on the ability of people with disability.

Year 11 and 12 Media students worked closely with Malibu School to create a documentary on their caf which gives students opportunities for practical learning, and a creative short film which showcased the acting talents of Malibu students.

Safety Bay Senior High School Year 11 student Sebastien Rusby, who directed the documentary entry, said it was a chance to highlight how students at Malibu are positively affected by the opportunities offered by having an onsite caf.

“I was learning about the students and eventually changed my view from ‘Yay I get to make a documentary’ to ‘I get to show how Malibu School, is doing a wonderful thing by helping these students develop and grow through this program’,” Sebastien said.

Malibu School deputy principal Kaye Tucker encouraged everyone to go have a look at the two films produced.

“They tell a different story about students with a disability,” she said.

Safety Bay Senior High School media teacher Carolyn Chataway said working with Malibu School on the two films was an incredible learning opportunity for students from both schools.

“I am so proud of the professionalism and conduct of our students who worked closely with Malibu to produce two outstanding films that focused on student’s ability,” she said.

The two films are now in the draw to win the Judge’s Choice Award which has a $10,000 Toshiba package attached, or Most Online Votes with a $10,000 Rebel Equipment voucher prize.

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