Cut Films competition

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Cut Films is a new competition that challenges young people to make two-minute films to persuade their friends not to smoke. Key to the process is the peer to peer communication, empowering young people to research smoking related issues and decide the messages they believe will deter their friends from smoking.
Piloted in nine schools and a youth club in Autumn 2009, the evaluation highlighted many positive outcomes including the flexibility of using the competition within the curriculum as well as the enthusiasm of the young people involved. Please see for the evaluation report, case studies from two participating schools as well as our Supporting Schools document. In addition, the short film at gives a great introduction to Cut Films.
Cut Films was developed in England by a new charity, the Deborah Hutton Campaign, which has ambitious plans to involve participants from all over the UK and will be seeking feedback from participants on how to improve accessibility. Working in partnership with ASH Wales we are delighted to offer all young people in Wales the opportunity to get involved. A bi-lingual welsh speaker will shortly join Cut Films’ prestigious judging panel and we are keen to receive films in Welsh as well as in English. There are two opportunities to win: alongside the judges’ award, the ‘people’s choice’ gives friends and family the chance to vote online for their favourite films. The film at the top of the leader board when voting closes will also be a Cut Films winner.
The deadline for entries for the current competition is not until 31 January 2011 and all details, including how to register and upload your films, can be found at
Please do not hesitate to contact if you wish to discuss your involvement further and we look forward to seeing some great films from Wales.


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