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YOUTH WALK THE RED CARPET AT BARNET ANTI-SMOKING FILM AWARDS

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Young people from Barnet were presented with awards for the efforts in the Barnet Cut Films Awards at the Phoenix Cinema on June 25th. The Awards were presented by local youth Luke Shrubb and Keagan Seitz with presenters Todd Carty (EastEnders) and Jacqueline Shepherd (Sky 1’s What’s Up?).

A special judges’ panel made up of filmmakers, health experts, and the young people watched entries in the competition and decided on the winners. There was over 80 workshops happening all over Barnet which included 7 youth clubs, 10 schools and over 900 young people who entered over 47 films from Barnet.

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Barnet resident and young filmmaker Dani Berg created the film ’£55.90’ with friends and it’s a powerful look at the costs of smoking. The film received the Barnet Age Category 16-19 Judges’ Choice Award and took home the National Overall Judges’ Choice Award held at the BAFTA HQ in Central London on Thursday 3 July 2014 where Comedian Jack Whitehall hosted the Cut Films Awards Ceremony 2014 and Harry Potter Director, David Yates

Dani said: “It was incredible to be at as prestigious a venue as BAFTA, and it really set the tone or an amazing evening. Making a film for such a great cause was great as it meant I could use my creative side to really feel like I could make a difference and share a positive message with the people around me through something I was proud to have created. It was amazing to learn about the more subtle effects of smoking that you don’t always here about, and the impact these have on people’s lives.”

Cut Films is a youth anti-smoking film and social media project organised by The Deborah Hutton Campaign which asks young people to research smoking, make a short film about what they find out and share their film with their friends. It’s anti-tobacco education by young people for young people through the medium of filmmaking.

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A Barnet Cut Films Youth Worker has been working across Barnet training young people in video and film so they could learn transferable skills, as well as about the dangers of smoking. Carole Furlong, Public Health Consultant and lead for Tobacco Control at Barnet Council said “I sponsored this programme to help young people make a real choice not to smoke. I’ve had great feedback from both the young people and their teachers about the project and I’m so pleased that they have been so successful in the first year of the project.” The project will continue in the next year and Barnet Schools and Youth Groups can contact Cut Films to book a session.

’£55.90’ by Dani Berg and Arty Films can be viewed below:

Cut Films will be accepting entries for next year’s competition from September 2014. Click here for more info

Photos: Bogdan Maran. David Griffin

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

- Mark Twain

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