Students from Commonweal school are celebrating national recognition as their antismoking film Stamp It Out came second in a UK film competition, beating almost 80 other entries.
The annual competition Cut Films, which challenges young people to make a short film to persuade their friends not to smoke, said “students from The Commonweal School in Swindon impressed the judging panel of experts from the world of film and health with their film Stamp it out.”
The film, highlighting the wasteful expense of smoking, was one of six films made alongside Swindon Borough Council’s media centre Create Studios last year as part of the Creative Switch project. Run by the Healthy Schools Team and Swindon Tobacco Control Partnership, an initiative between Swindon Council and NHS Swindon, secondary schools were invited to pitch their ideas to raise awareness about the impact of smoking on young people and their families. Professionals then worked with the winning students who researched, wrote and shot their short films.
The six films ranged from the effects of smoking on children, to the cost and health impacts on adults; some were witty, some shocking, some dramatic. All six films – from Crowdy’s Hill, Greendown, Highworth Warneford, Nova Hreod, and 2 teams from Commonweal – were entered into the Cut Films national competition. Crowdy’s Hill was also shortlisted.
Katie White, Tobacco Control Project Co-ordinator said, “We were really impressed by the creativity of the young filmmakers, and their adverts will form part of an education pack for schools throughout Swindon.”
Josie Williams, Community Arts Development Officer from Commonweal School, said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award. I am really proud of the students who gave up their time and put so much effort into the creative concept as well as the filming. Swindon most certainly has talent!”
The students have been invited to a London awards ceremony in July.