Three young filmmakers from Cornerstone Christian College, Hope Adams, Lucy Burge and Jordan Robinson, took out the top prize at the Your SAY, Your Call Student Film Competition Awards Ceremony, held at the WA Screen Academy in Perth.
Their film ‘The way it was’ depicts the negative impact of cyberbullying and teasing. It was screened along with nine other finalist films at the ceremony attended by WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson and Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police.
The competition, which is run in partnership between Western Australia Police Force and Constable Care Child Safety Foundation and is supported by WA Lions Drug Education Foundation, challenged high school students to create a short film expressing their views on bullying and its impact on youth mental health.
“I did not expect this, I am so excited,” said winner and year eight student Hope Adams. “Thank you to all the people who helped and supported us, and congratulations to the other finalists. It was a tough competition.”
“We were delighted by the creativity displayed in this year’s entries,” said David Gribble CEO of Constable Care Child Safety Foundation. “We were especially encouraged to see so many quality entries from schools in regional Western Australia. In fact, six of the ten finalist groups came from regional schools.”
Kennedy Baptist College student Aron Attiwell received second place and fellow Cornerstone Christian College students Shannon Lucas, Alesia Riches and Lucia Kindt received third place.
Students from Yandeyarra Remote Community School received a ‘Commissioner’s Encouragement Award’ for ‘My Power, My Choice’.
“We know that young people can be reluctant to take the advice of adults, and peer education can be an effective tool when addressing subjects such as bullying,” said Inspector Don Emanuel-Smith. “Your SAY, Your Call student film competition encourages students to become educators of other youth.”
The winning team will now have the chance to experience a professional film set and help the WA Screen Academy turn their vision into a professional interactive film which will be featured on the yourcall.rocks website later this year.
“The way it was” – Cornerstone Christian College – Hope Adams, Lucy Burge, Jordan Robinson.
“Gone in a heartbeat” – Kennedy Baptist College – Aron Attiwell
"Reach Out" - Cornerstone Christian College - Shannon Lucas, Alesia Riches, Lucia Kindt
Finalists (in no particular order)
“When the dust settles” - Cockburn Youth Centre – Leila Abdulazak and Cameron Kerr.
Untitled – Cornerstone Christian College – Josie Black, Taneesha Hodson, Tyla Lindsay
“Only Human” Cornerstone Christian College – Ally Vocisano
“Bullying- it’s a slippery slope” – Great Southern Grammar – James Swanepoel and Nicholas Price
“Stop before it’s too late” - John Calvin Christian College – Taleah Huizenga, Jessica Wieske and Meagan Faas
"New Girl" - Narembeen District High School – Abby Hooper and Lezandre Van Rensburg
“Alas, Farewell” – Rossmoyne Senior High School – Larisa Jacono and Martha Pritchard