Georgia Tolley, Gael Kelly, Max Tucci, Brigitte Moore, Michelle Spooner and Abby McNamara. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

A moving short film featuring students from Bendigo Special Developmental School is in the running for an award from an international film festival.

When you can see me, I can see you is among a number of films entered in the NOVA Employment 2018 Focus On Ability Short Film Festival.

The film emphasises the many and varied abilities and interests of students in room nine, who have a range of profound and multiple learning difficulties, including high medical needs.

The film incorporates pictures of the students, and was inspired by a book project they completed as part of their studies.

“This semester, for their history learning (Level A, Victorian Curriculum), students have been exposed to concepts of self-identity by experiencing their own image in a range of formats,” teacher Brigitte Moore said.

“Using the students’ likes, interests and communication cues detailed in their communication profiles, we wrote a classroom story.”

The awards have been running for 10 years and are designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability.