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SBS marks National Youth Week

SBS marks National Youth Week (Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April) with five short films made by young Australians in the second annual SBS National Youth Week Film competition.

Five winning short films by Aliko Nomoa, 16 (QLD), Amy Marks, 20 (VIC), Amy Warner, 17 (NSW), Grace Morgan, 17 (TAS) and Mfaume Kakozi, 18 (NT) will premiere today on SBS VICELAND, NITV, Food Network, and online.

Clare O’Neil, Director of Corporate Affairs, SBS, said: “We’re incredibly proud to launch this fantastic film competition for the second year in a row. It’s great to see young Australians with a diversity of backgrounds express their unique identity and distinctive stories through film – exploring topics like racial prejudice, homelessness, and Indigenous storytelling. The competition is a great opportunity to share the stories and perspectives of these young Australians with the broader community.”

Jan Owen AM, CEO, Foundation of Young Australians, said: “FYA believes in the power of storytelling. Young Australians have creativity, energy and courage in spades, and are passionate about creating a more equitable, fair and inclusive society – this year’s five winners are a testament to this.

“We’re excited to be collaborating with SBS and DSS on this opportunity for a second year running, creating an opportunity for young people to challenge the status quo, discuss the big issues and contribute to and drive social change on a national platform.”

The film competition encouraged young Australians from across the country, aged 15 to 24 years old, to submit a 30 second film pitch online at SBS Learn illustrating their unique identity.

After several rounds of judging, five winners were chosen to attend a week-long filmmaking and storytelling workshop in Melbourne last month. At the end of the workshop, each winner turned their short film idea into reality.

The entry period was open for three weeks during November last year, with more than 100 entries of aspiring storytellers, dreamers and change-makers.

SBS also congratulates the five runners up: Brian Gatheru (QLD), Faida Mushegero (NT), Nikhil Autar (NSW), Sam Raad Shaba Al Auty (NT) and Sophie Mununggurr (NT), and the six highly commended entries Chloe Hayden (VIC), Forest LIN (NSW), Jeremiah Phillip (QLD), Kena Mallender (NSW), Rhiannah Maddocks (VIC) and Ryan Etlis (VIC) for sharing their stories as part of the 2017 SBS National Youth Week competition.

In addition, SBS Learn has published ‘SBS Youth Week Teacher Notes’, free online teacher resources mapped to the national curriculum. The SBS Learn resources provide teachers and educators with easy-to-follow discussion guides and activities to use while screening the five identity-themed films to students in years 7-10.

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