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Year 10 students short-listed in Adobe Awards

posted 30 Apr 2014, 06:19 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 12 May 2014, 08:29 ]
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Students aged 12–16 from Richmond Park Academy have made a short film about speaking out against bullying called “Open Your Eyes” which has been shortlisted for an Adobe Youth Voices Award. The AYV Awards are a global online digital media competition open to students worldwide. “Open Your Eyes” was up against fierce competition with over 1500 entries having been submitted from young media makers around the world.

Audience voting is now open on the AYV Award Website and participants from Richmond Park Academy will find out if they have won in their nominated category ‘Narrative Film’ on 18 June, 2014.

Students’ work will be showcased at AYV-Live! on the largest screen at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT, from 12.30 - 3.30pm on Thursday 22nd May 2014. The event, presented by Youth Ambassadors from each of the London AYV sites, will give voice to young people's concerns and the power of their dreams. The event will feature a range of youth media including documentaries, films, music videos, poster campaigns, photography and animations. The themes cover subjects such as: saving the environment, exploring cultural identity; dissolving stereotypes; anti-homophobic bullying and urging other young people to follow their dreams. The audience will get an insight into the creative journeys of each piece and understand why the central messages mean so much to our talented young media makers.

Open Your Eyes video link
Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global, online competition that encourages youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. It’s an extension of the Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic program, Adobe Youth Voices, which aims to ignite creative confidence in youth around the world by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. This is the first year that Richmond Park Academy has been involved in the program which is delivered in London by Eastside Educational Trust. Eastside’s Director and London’s Adobe Youth Voices Co-ordinator, Rakhee Jasani comments: “We are extremely proud of what young people across London have achieved this year and are delighted that we have 9 finalists in the AYV Awards. It shows that London remains the capital of creativity and we are gaining a leading edge in digital media. What is most powerful about the shortlisted pieces is how well the young media makers have brought together powerful storytelling techniques with a keen visual eye to create pieces on issues that matter to them that are thought provoking and moving. We hope that London will get behind these young media makers as these voices deserve to be heard.”