The winner of the London Cut Films Awards will be announced at the national awards ceremony this Monday 4th July.
The event will take place from 2-4pm at BAFTA HQ in London.Based at our CAN Mezzanine Old Street office, Cut Films is a youth charity that has been working in collaboration with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation to prevent young people from smoking by asking them to create a short two minute video to persuade their peers not to smoke.
Over the course of the year, over 420 entries have been submitted by film-makers under the age of 25.
Each year Cut Films hold annual film competitions, both in local areas and nationally. The films are then judged by a panel of experts and young people. These are followed by local awards in each location and the Nationals are held at BAFTA HQ in central London.
Stacey Williams, Harrow & Barnet Senior Youth Manager for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation & Cut Films:
“This year 70 films made the long list after being judged online by a panel of four professionals and three young people. The 70 from the long list were then whittled down to a shortlist of 30 films. Finally, the same judges interviewed the shortlisted filmmakers to find out more about their films to decide on a winner.”
Young people and teachers in Harrow & Barnet have said of the project: "Making a film for such a great cause was great as it meant I could use my creative side to really feel like I could make a difference, and share a positive message with the people around me through something I was proud to have created" - Young Barnet Filmmaker, Danielle Berg, 17
"This has been an extraordinary project combining a year 7 PSHE unit about smoking with film and editing skills. The students and staff involved were highly motivated and learnt so much more than if they had been sitting in a classroom. I cannot recommend it highly enough." - Gabriella Nocivelli, Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School, Barnet