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Young people win at National Anti-Smoking Film Awards

CELEBRATION: National Cut Film Awards 2017

YOUNG PEOPLE from across the UK came to the National Cut Films Awards 2017 at the Curzon Soho on Friday 7 July.

The Overall Judges’ Choice Award was presented by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, Oliver Parker, whilst 4music presenter, Jimmy Hill hosted the award ceremony at the Curzon Soho.

Other presenters of the day included Eastenders producer, Tony Jordan, The Weekend director, Sheridan de Myers, Sky1 presenter Jacqueline Shepherd and more.

The purpose of the National Cut Film Awards was to celebrate the competition run by Cut Films (the education and prevention arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation) asking young people across the UK to research smoking and tobacco.

They then made a two-minute advert to persuade their friends not to smoke, uploaded it to the Cut Films competition website and shared it on their social media.

Films made for the competition included issues like lung cancer, peer pressure, death, health impacts, child labour, shisha and tobacco marketing.

Academy of St Francis of Assisi’s film ‘Tar Noire’, won the judges’ choice in the National Cut Films competition after an impressive 162 films were submitted from schools, youth projects and individuals from across the UK. The prize was the latest brand new iPads. The film is a satirical take on an anti-smoking advert.

Young filmmaker, Guan Hong Zhao (aged 15) from Academy of St Francis of Assisi said: "It’s been a great day and we are feeling proud but really it doesn’t matter who wins, it matters that we stop people from smoking’

Nicola Ousey, Drama teacher at Academy of St Francis of Assisi said: “Cut Films is a really worthwhile project for any school to get involved in. Students learn a lot about smoking and filmmaking. The students are made up with the win!”

Jimmy Hill, 4music presenter and Cut Films Awards host added: “I was genuinely blown away by the quality of the films and the passion. It’s exciting to see so many young people really engaged with such an important cause. It’s a pleasure to be involved”

See the full list of winners below:

Overall Popular Choice Winner

Smokenation – St Matthew Academy
Presented by Prano Bailey Bond

Special Campaign Award Winner

More Than One Choice – Barnet Youth Service
Presented by Chimeme Egbutah

Under 11 Age Category Winner

Smoke Stoppers – Chase Bridge Primary School
Presented by Jacqueline Shepherd

12 – 15 Age Category Winner

Tar Noire – Academy of St Francis of Assisi
Presented by Kieron Bimpson

16 – 19 Age Category Winner

Race for Your Life – St Matthew Academy
Presented by Sheridan de Myers

20 – 25 Age Category Winner

See Behind the Curtains – Luke Hamza
Presented by Tony Jordan

Young Judges’ Choice Winner

Presented by Zaboor Chaudhry

Overall National Cut Films Judges’ Choice Winners 2017

Tar Noire – Academy of St Francis of Assisi
Presented by Oliver Parker

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