Reach Out wins SOLO!

Future Visions 4X5®Student Winners

Winners of the Future Visions 4X5® have been announced and finalist films screened at the FutureVisions 4x5® Awards Ceremony & Screening which took place on Friday 29th July at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Teams from seven schools have been awarded a total of 14 prizes worth more than $20,000!

The Future Visions 4X5®Young Filmmakers Competition challenged young New South Wales filmmakers to make four minute films capturing the spirit and work of their local heroes with almost a hundred filmmakers taking up the challenge.

Films focused on individual volunteers, volunteer organisations and even a whole town – Peak Hill – in which the filmmakers claimed every adult living in the town participates in community activities and are actively involved in voluntary work.

The winning films are:

Hearts of Gold, Excellence 11-15 Age Group Winner Volunteer Now or Never, Excellence 11-15 Age Group Highly Commended Peak Hill Town Volunteer Body Featured Prize Reach Out! Excellence 11-17 Age Group Winner The White Knights of First Aid, Excellence 11-17 Age Group Highly Commended Inspire Foundation / Reach Out, Volunteer Body Featured Prize High School, School Prize for Outstanding Contribution - School Prize and include the following Craft Awards:

Reach Out! Miller Award, Best Camerawork Volunteering: The Rising Epidemic, Avid Australia Award, Best Editing Volunteer Now or Never, Autodesk Award, Best Special Effects The White Knights of First Aid, Sennheiser Award, Best Reporting Volunteers: Champions, Legends, Heroes, Sennheiser Award, Best Original Music Reach Out! Metro Screen Award, Best Drama Hearts of Gold, Metro Screen Award, Best Documentary

Best camera work winners!

THE MILLER SOLO TRIPOD WINNERS Reach Out! | Bankstown Grammar
Team Members: Jacqueline Bailey-Grey, Erryn Keogh, Cristie Wood, Marguerite Walsh pictured above with presenters Steve Pazvolsky (Oscar Nominee) and Lee-Ann Simon.

Their synopsis of their entry: Our chosen unsung hero is the Australian 'Reach Out' organisation which helps struggling youth deal with suicide and a variety of problems. Our film Reach Out! is a journey of a school student doing her HSC dealing with the pressures of school and society. The main character symbolically breaks out of her conforming uniform to symbolise innocence and takes a journey through phases of the character’s dreamlike mental state to the reality of her life. The image of a phone cord and her picking up the receiver shows that she has asked for help and that our unsung hero 'Reach Out' has come to the rescue as the images of hands reaching out and catching portray this.

The makers of the seven winning films are from Bankstown Grammar, Forbes High School, Killara High School, Peak Hill Central School, Richmond High School and Tempe High School.

In many cases, the winning teams are from schools which have strongly supported the making of their entry and have encourage strong sense of community spirit.

Anthony Chin from Richmond High School said his school played several very important roles in during filmmaking, from informing the students about the competition to photocopying their lengthy scripts to assisting the students to secure the $1 million public liability insurance they needed to film at a specific location. Tempe High School said the whole school contributed to the making of the five films they entered into the Future Visions 4X5® Competition.

Project Manager, Stewart MacLennan, said: “We set out to teach kids about volunteering, but through their films, the kids have taught us and their schools more about volunteering, community spirit and participation.

Judging Future Visions was really enjoyable because the standard of the films was so high”, said judge Steve Pasvolsky, who in 2003, was nominated for an Oscar for his short film “Inja”.  Steve was joined on the panel by Christina Alvarez, General Manager of Metro Screen, young filmmaker Amy Kings and the CEO of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sandy Holloway.  “Volunteering is the glue which holds our community together,” said Sandy, “it was just amazing to see how well our young people have captured the volunteering spirit.  They have so much to teach us all about the essential role of our volunteers”.

The competition received entries which came from as far a field as Peak Hill, Ballina, and Forbes in rural NSW and Tempe, Banstown and Killara in Sydney. Twelve films were awarded as finalists and have their films featured on the Future Visions 4X5® website

The project is an initiative of The Centre for Volunteering and is part of its Student Community Involvement Program which is made possible with support from the NSW Department of Education and Training.

During the launch and promotion of the competition, teachers throughout the NSW public and private systems where provided with information packs, posters and support to get their students involved. Support from teachers and Principals has been a vital component of the program's success and the spirit and community service activities taking place with young people.

The Centre has played a key role in the volunteer movement in NSW, Australia and abroad for more than 31 years. It includes Volunteering NSW, the state peak body and the School of Volunteer Management.

The finalists’ films will also feature in TV specials to be aired nationally on Aurora Community Television at 8.30pm on Friday the 5th August and on SBS Television in the coming months.

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