Green Flicks 2016 film competition for Illawarra young people aged 12 to 25

Picture: Getty Images
Picture: Getty Images

Illawarra young people with a passion for the environment and a flair for film-making are being urged to enter a new competition partly created by their peers, Green Flicks.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has worked with students from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts (WHSPA) and Holy Spirit College to create a short-film project for young people, designed by young people.

Anyone from the region aged 12 to 24 can enter and are being asked to interpret the theme ‘big trouble, little world’ while showcasing their thoughts and feelings about the environment

OEH Regional Manager Gabrielle Pietrini said it was new territory for the government agency but they wanted to “channel the talent and enthusiasm” of the students involved and spark conservations on protecting and celebrating our environment.

“Short film is a great way to exchange ideas,” she said. “There is no limit on young people’s creativity and no limit on the inspiration that can be drawn from our environment so we look forward to receiving lots of entries.”

WHSPA year 11 student Jarrod Sleiman said he was excited to be involved because it brought two great things together – film and environment.

“It [will] help engage people on the importance of acting locally to have a broader effect,” he said.

Shortlisted films will be screened at a community event on Friday 3 June 2016.

Winners will share in an $8000 prize pool.

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