Manisha Jha

NEW DELHI: A unique film competition titled ‘60 Seconds to Fame’ is being organised by the Chennai-based Ability Foundation on the theme of ‘Celebrating Diversity’, focusing primarily on inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of life.

The winner will take home a prize of Rs.2.25 lakh and also get an opportunity to screen his film at the India international disability film festival, ‘Ability Fest 2007’, to be organised in Chennai by the Foundation from October 5 to 8.

All one needs is to be an Indian citizen and have a creative, sensitive mind with an understanding and empathy for the human diversity, which prevails all around us. The last date for submission is August 31.

Winners will be selected by a panel of eminent jurors.

A national non-government organisation with headquarters in Chennai, Ability Foundation organises Ability Fest every alternate year. The first edition of the festival, held in July 2005, also included the 60 Seconds to Fame section on the theme of inclusion of disabled persons.

High-profile jury

Stalwarts from the film industry like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Jaya Bachchan, Mani Ratnam, Nandita Das and Rajiv Menon were members of the jury. The winners received cash prizes and their films were also screened during the festival.

As an NGO, the Foundation works for the empowerment, inclusion, employment, equitable opportunities and human rights aspects of persons with disabilities through activities that involve law and policy, advocacy, publishing, information, media and placement services.