Students from Queensbury high school scooped two National Cut Film Awards at BAFTA HQ for their collaborative anti-smoking short film.
Six students who were shortlisted in the 12-15-year-old category, travelled to London where they won the National Popular Choice Award - voted for through and online public vote, and came top in their age category in a special judges’ panel comprised of filmmakers, health experts, and the winner from last year’s Cut Films competition, viewed all 216 submitted short films and recognised the Queensbury students creativity for their particular age category.
Queensbury’s emotive film portrays a 15-year-old girl’s story of how she lost her mother to smoking; through cancer.
Young filmmaker Jade Le Riche, 14, said: “I have learnt how to work successfully as a team and how to produce a successful film and what message a simple film can send to people.”
Emma Wrafter, director of the Deborah Hutton Campaign and Cut Films said: “The Queensbury School’s film was incredibly moving and carefully portrayed a delicate issue, something that is clearly showed in the public’s response to this film.”
Queensbury teacher and enterprise co-ordinator Rahila Hussain said: “The children had a fabulous experience learning how to translate their ideas onto a story board and making their anti-smoking ‘story’ come to life through the accessible medium of film making.
“The whole school community benefitted from the anti smoking message and I recently had one parent who confirmed that they and their partner have been inspired by the Queensbury students’ film to stop smoking. Result.”