December 19, 2011 12.42 pm This story is over 147 months old

Youngsters create stop smoking films for prize

Smokefree film: A campaign is encouraging local young people to film a short about not smoking.

Young fim makers in Lincolnshire are being asked to get creative and create their own stop smoking film, which could be used at various No Smoking Day events.

Under 24s are being asked to create a film encouraging their friends to stop smoking, in return for a day with the director behind the M&S Food adverts, Charlie Stebbings.

Cult Films is an annual competition, ran by the Deborah Hutton Campaign. This year, it’s supported by County Council’s Smokefree Lincs Alliance, who will also use the film for their campaign.

As well as the short film being used nationwide at smoking events, the winner will receive film equipment for their local school or youth group.

Daniel Lowbridge, Young Persons Tobacco Control Specialist for Smokefree Lincs Alliance, said: “Everyone deserves the chance to understand just what cigarettes are like and what that small white tube can really do.

“That’s why this competition is a great chance for young people to create and produce their discoveries about the truth of smoking.

“Rather than being passive viewers, young people working together can use this opportunity to raise aspirations and convince their friends to re-consider their behaviour and attitudes towards smoking.”

He added: “We’re encouraging as many young people as possible to enter the national Cut Films contest and also ask them to submit their videos to the Smokefree Lincs Alliance at the same time.”

The submission deadline is on April 20. To find out more about entering for the workshop with Charlie Stebbings, visit the Cult Films website.

The deadline for Smokefree Lincs Alliance’s campaign is February 29. For information on how to enter, contact Lowbridge on 01522 552136 or via email.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council | Photo: Cult Films