Pupils from the ‘Forfar Academy Drama Citizenship Group’ - Claire Fletcher, Chloe Forbes, Rebecca Keith, Elaine Joiner and Gemma Geekie - have been successful enough to make it through to the final stage of the We-CTV Scottish Youth Parliament Competition.
‘We-CTV’ is funded by ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ and delivered by the Scottish Youth Parliament. The project sees young people aged between 11 and 16 produce their own two-minute films highlighting both the dangers of knife-crime and discouraging their peers from picking up a knife.
This is a national campaign and the Forfar group has beaten off stiff competition from all across Scotland.
They have had their film entry scrutinised by top industry experts including members from the Scottish Government and the renowned Leith Agency, whose work includes the well-known Irn Bru adverts. All their hard work and dedication has paid off as they are now through to the voting stage of this competition.
Pauline Gibb, drama teacher, said: “We now need the help of the public.
“We need the help and support of community to go online and vote for Forfar Academy’s entry.
“People can vote as many times as they want and we are hoping to get enough votes to win the whole competition.
“If we are successful we win cameras, laptops and a production day with the Leith Agency to make our very own advert which I’m sure you will agree is a fantastic opportunity.”
To vote visit www.syp.org.uk/we-ctv-2012-13-region-1-north-east-central-W21page-421-
Pauline added: “The pupils have worked tremendously hard on this project, from coming up with their original idea to filming and editing the final video.
“We are now campaigning to get as many votes as possible to improve our chances of winning, we would like to thank those pupils and teachers who have already voted for the video online.
“The pupils truly deserve to win and if they do so the top prize will enable future pupils at Forfar Academy to work on future film projects.”
Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, said: “We may have uncovered some budding Scottish film directors of the future and I’d urge as many people to vote as possible.
“I commend the Scottish Youth Parliament, YouthLink Scotland and the schools and youth groups involved for their important work helping to educate young people on the dangers of knife crime.”