Diabetes UK film winners announced

By Editor
18th December 2015
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An 11-year-old from Swindon and a Doncaster primary school are among the winners of a short film competition aimed at raising awareness of type 1 diabetes.

The Diabetes in School Short Film competition was launched at the beginning of the summer by Diabetes UK as part of its Make the Grade campaign.

Children and young people aged 11–17 from schools across the UK were invited to submit a film of no more than three minutes long about their experiences of type 1 diabetes.

Phoebe Maddison, from Swindon, was announced as the winner of the best individual film award for her film entitled What do you really know?

The quality and originality of all of the films have been extremely impressive and the judges had a very tough job choosing the winners

The 11-year-old developed her film, which features her questioning staff and students about type 1 diabetes, in July when she was in her final year at St Catherine’s Primary School.

Expert panel

Dylicia’s Diary, which was the only animation film entry and was created by the pupils of Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster, was given the highly commended film award.

Students from Ashfield Girls High School in Belfast won the best group film award for their entry entitled Kaitlyn’s No Limits, which features a day in the life of Kaitlyn Holland, who has type 1 diabetes.

The fan’s favourite prize went to Blessing Simeon, of Alexandra Park School in north London, who received the most public votes on YouTube for her film, Diabetes doesn’t have me, I have diabetes.

The awards ceremony took place at the BAFTA 195 private members club in London on Saturday, December 12. The films were judged by an expert panel, which included film actress Elinor Crawley, who starred in the British film Submarine (2011) and has type 1 diabetes, and former Diabetes UK President Richard Lane.

The winners received prizes for themselves and their school, including iMac desktop computers, iPad Air 2s, and GroPro cameras.

Thalie Martini, Diabetes UK’s Make the Grade delivery manager, said: “We would like to thank all of the schools who took part in our competition. The quality and originality of all of the films have been extremely impressive and the judges had a very tough job choosing the winners.

“All of the students who participated in our competition should feel really proud as they have helped raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, which is a very serious health condition that is often misunderstood. This will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of children and young people with type 1 diabetes up and down the UK.”

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