Local young film makers in the spotlight

Pitch'n winners take centre stage.

Real Film Festival 2017

The inaugural Pitch'n environmental film competition winners were announced last night, throwing a spotlight on the creativity and passion of young people across the Hunter and Central Coast.

The competition encouraged entrants to think about the future of clean energy and protecting threatened species across NSW and included winners from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Long Jetty, Bateau Bay and Gloucester.

Mark Squires from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) who presented the winners last night said the new short film competition attracted a high standard of entries.

"I'd like to congratulate these young people on their outstanding efforts! They're a real credit to their communities," Mr Squires said.

"It's so inspiring to see how engaged and passionate they are about protecting their environment," he said.

The winners of the Threatened Species Category were:

  • First: Daniel Bell (13 yrs) - 'A Fractured Future'
  • Second: Jordan Delvescovo (16 yrs) & Riyan Manakau-Zahab (15 yrs) - 'Ocean'
  • Third: Laughlin O'Connor (17 yrs) - 'Project Airships'.

The winners for the Future Energy Category were:

  • First: Peter Hyslop (14 yrs) - 'Let's Build Renewable'
  • Second: Stephen Hester (16 yrs) - 'Solar Energy'
  • Third: Samuel Hancock (16 yrs) - 'Cut The Power'.

Pitch'n also provided promising young marketers an opportunity to win a prize for advertising and promotion of the competition via Instagram. This category was won by Jasmine Smylie (13 yrs) with Stephen Hester in second place.

"All the finalists and winning entries interpreted the key themes in unique, intelligent and sometimes humorous ways," Mr Squires said.

"It was a great opportunity for them to share with others their connection to the environment and the change they want to see.

"Our budding young film makers have also gained incredible exposure for their work with their films screened at the Newcastle Real Film Festival," he said.

The competition run by OEH asked young people to explore solutions to environmental issues in two categories: 'Future Energy' or 'Threatened Species'. The films had to include the work of local community groups.

A total of six films were selected as finalists, sharing $8000 in cash and prizes with first place winners in all categories receiving a two-year National Parks and Wildlife Service pass.

For more information about the winners, images from the event, or for copies of the winning films please email: media@environment.nsw.gov.au