Thursday 6th June saw the Cut Film Awards Ceremony in EVI, Ebbw Valem to celebrate the creativity of young people involved in tobacco control film-making and Wicid were there to witness the very glamorous event. Nearly 100 young people from all over Wales walked the red carpet alongside T4 and The You Generation’s Will Best; Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford; and the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr. Ruth Hussey.
Over the past twelve months ASH Wales’ youth project The Filter has been working with Cut Films, a UK-wide anti-smoking initiative which helps young people to film and edit short videos about the dangers of tobacco and then share them with their friends.
The Filter – a project that works with 11-25 year olds to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking – has travelled across Wales visiting youth groups, pupil referral units, schools, colleges and universities to help young people make films with a powerful message.
A total of 49 films were submitted from across Wales with over 2,000 online views between them.
The event was hosted by Will Best and showcased the nominated short films before announcing each winner.
The winners of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013 are as follows:
People’s Choice Category
These were the films that the general public voted for through their social media.
Under 18 Popular Choice Winner: ‘Now or Later’, produced by Jac Harries, Michael Harvey and Travis Parker from Cardiff and Vale College.
Over 18’s Popular Choice Award: ‘Fag Ninja’, produced by Sami Shah, Cameron Millwater and James Maharg from Cardiff and Vale College.
Outstanding Achievement Award for Contributions to Cut Films in Wales: Cowbridge Comprehensive School, who submitted a total of 17 films.
Judges Choice Category
5th Place Runner Up: ‘The Heart Attack’, produced by Ieuan Jones and Phil Nash from Cardiff and Vale College.
4th Place Runner Up: ‘Burning Life’, produced by Danielle Hirons, Ross Duke, Ryan Watkins and Mitchell Bignell from Coleg Gwent.
3rd Place Runner Up: ‘Killer Cocktail’, produced by Daniel Hunt, Kieran McCarthy from Cardiff and Vale College.
2nd Place Runner Up: ‘Interview with the Smoker’, produced by Jamie, Ben, Jack and Jamie-Leigh from Coleg Gwent.
1st Runner Up: ‘Would You Like Fries With That’, produced by John Gray from Coleg Gwent.
Under 18’s Overall Winner of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013: Jac Harries, Michael Harvey and Travis Parker from Cardiff and Vale College and their film ‘Now or Later’.
Over 18’s Overall Winner of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013: ‘Bad Decisions’, produced by Anastazja Fedorowicz, Malgorzata Hryhorowicz and Michal Nowak from Aberystwyth University.
Winner of Youth Judge Choice Award: ‘When You Smokin’, produced by Ross Stevenson.
Some fantastic prizes were also given out that evening as winners of the Under 18’s public vote competition will get tickets to Wakestock Festival in Abersoch, whilst the winners of the Over 18’s public vote will get Beach Break Live tickets. Runners up in the judges choice awards will receive £40 Amazon vouchers each, the Under 18’s Judges Choice Winner will win a professional film making workshop and a lomography video camera each. The Over 18’s Judges Choice winner will receive an iPad Mini each.
Overall, the event was a great evening and a real eye opener about the truth of smoking.
For more information on The Filter, visit: http://thefilterwales.org/
For information on Ash Wales, visit: http://www.ashwales.org.uk/
And for information on Cut Films, visit: http://www.cutfilms.org/
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