Following in the footsteps of last night’s glittering Oscars ceremony, young people in Haverhill are being given the opportunity to become award-winning film makers themselves.
The ‘Live Well Suffolk Oscars 2014’ competition is now open to young people aged 11 to 16, where the aim is to make a short film focusing on either the tobacco, sugar or technology industries and the impact they have on our health and wellbeing.
Run by Suffolk’s healthy lifestyles service, the awards follow last year’s successful Oscars that received a record number of entries.
Budding film makers from schools, youth clubs and young people’s projects from across the county will be eligible to enter the competition and submissions from both small groups and individuals will be accepted.
There are ten awards in total, including prizes for Best Film, Best Director and Best Use of Comedy.
The winners will be announced at a glamorous red carpet event at the magnificent Wherstead Park mansion near Ipswich on Wednesday 9th July.
Ali Clements and Laura Harrison from Live Well Suffolk are organising the Oscars competition.
Ali said: “This year we want to encourage young people to explore the health implications associated with behaviours that are common in their age group.
“As technology continues to be an increasing influence in the lives of young people, their lifestyles are becoming much more sedentary as they are being less physically active.
“Meanwhile, the consumption of high-sugar energy drinks is becoming increasingly popular and we want to inspire teenagers to think carefully about the effects their choices are having on their health.
“We also want teenagers to understand the effects tobacco and smoking can have on their wellbeing.
“By participating in the project we can target young people early on to prevent them from smoking.”
Sixteen films were entered into last year’s Oscars competition and the prestigious ‘Best Overall Film’ award was won by a group of scouts from the Discovery Explorer Scout Unit in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds, for their “Smokers Apocalypse” entry.
Their amusing film featured a zombie apocalypse chasing teenage smokers in a bid to highlight the dangers of smoking.
Laura added: “The Live Well Suffolk Oscars are a unique way of getting teenagers across the county to think carefully about these issues and encouraging them to lead healthier lifestyles.
“It’s really important that young people understand the long-term effect that a poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking can have on their health and wellbeing.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing some fantastic films on these issues.”
For more information or to enter the Live Well Suffolk Oscars, please contact Ali Clements or Laura Harrison on 01473 229292 or visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk/oscars.
You must register your entry before Friday, April 4 and submit your finished video on DVD by Friday, May 23, 2014.