Local teens Pitchn environmental solutions in new short film competition

Young people across the Hunter and Central Coast are being asked to showcase their ideas about the future of clean energy and protecting threatened species, as part of a new environmentally-themed short film competition called Pitch’n.

Picture of wind farm turbines in the countryside.

The competition launched today (6 June) by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is open to young people aged 12–18 across the region.

Six films will be selected as finalists and will win a share of $8,000 in cash and prizes. The winning films in each category will also be shown at the Real Film Festival in Newcastle later this year.

OEH Director of Hunter Central Coast Sharon Molloy said entrants are required to explore solutions to environmental issues in one of two categories: ‘Future Energy’ or ‘Threatened Species’ featuring the work of local community groups.

Pitch’n brings together two exciting things: film and the environment, to help remind young people about the importance of acting locally while thinking globally,” Ms Molloy said.

“This competition is helping us understand what the next generation of environmentalists are thinking and how local community groups are working towards safeguarding our environment.

“The winning short films will be screened at the Newcastle Real Film Festival during October which is a great opportunity for any budding, young film directors to gain state-wide exposure for their work.

"There are some great prizes to be won but we're hoping young people will go beyond that and help their community become environmental advocates.

“Perhaps some will even become inspired to join a local environmental group,” Ms Molloy said.

All entrants must live in the Hunter-Central Coast Region which includes Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Gosford, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter and Wyong.

Pitch’n also provides promising Hunter–Central Coast marketers aged 13–18 with an opportunity to win a prize for advertising and promotion of the competition via their Instagram accounts.

Pitch'n: launching 6 June 2017

Submissions for Pitch’n will be accepted until 1 September 2017.

Information about how to enter Pitch'n