Green Flicks film competition for Illawarra youth

Illawarra youth are invited to submit their entry to a new environmental-themed short film competition, Green Flicks, showcasing their thoughts and feelings about the environment and how they experience it.

Children using filmmaking equipment, Illawarra Green Flicks.

The competition, organised by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and a group of students from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts and Holy Spirit College, is open to all young people aged 12 - 24 in the region.

Year 9 student, Slater Feltham from Holy Spirit College said the theme for the competition is 'big trouble, little world' which he hopes will be interpreted in many different and creative ways.

"We picked the theme because it's quite broad so it shouldn't be hard for people to find inspiration in the environment around them or try to capture bigger issues," said Mr Feltham.

"Being a competition, there are some great prizes to be won but we're really hoping people will enter to help their friends become more aware of environmental issues and maybe even get inspired to join a local environmental group," Mr Feltham added.

Year 11 Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts student and budding filmmaker Jarrod Sleiman is also excited about being involved in the project.

"It brings together two great things, film and the environment, to help engage young people on the importance of acting locally to have a broader effect," said Mr Sleiman.

"We are happy to be working alongside OEH and Holy Spirit College on this project and hope that by creating a competition for young people, we'll get lots of entries from across the region," he said.

OEH Regional Manager Gabrielle Pietrini added that the competition being designed by young people for young people is new territory for the government agency.

"We have heard from young people that short film is a great way to exchange ideas so we are working with local students to channel their talent and enthusiasm in a way that sheds light on conservation and protecting and celebrating our environment," Ms Pietrini 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" she said.

Entries close 16 May 2016 and the winners will be announced on 3 June 2016 at a community event showcasing the films and local youth and environment groups.

For further information and to enter the competition visit Green Flicks Illawarra short film competition.

Contact: Polly Epov