The 3rd annual Youth 4 Decent Work Short Film Awards Show took place on the 3rd of March. With nearly a thousand students registered and 98 films submitted, this year’s Award Show proved to be a huge success.
Schools from all over the country showed up at the Savoy Theatre to showcase their support and soak up that red carpet feeling. With actor Aonghus Og McAnally (Vikings, P.S. I Love You) taking over hosting duty.
Everyone was truly blown away by the standard of films in this year’s competition, for which the theme was “Health & Safety in the Workplace”. 32 teams were shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award while 20 of those films were in the running for Best Overall Film. Of those 20 films we had 3 sub-categories; Best Acting, Best Interpretation & Most Original for which they were respectively divided into.
On the day we saw “CAM Productions” from St Aloysius College, Cork win the Best Acting Category, “Triple S B” from Patrician Secondary School, Kildare win the Most Original Category, “In Focus” from St. Joseph's Secondary School, Mayo win the Best Interpretation Category. While “Sillan” from Patrician High School, Monaghan won the Best Overall Video as well as an all-expenses paid trip to New York City. Two Highly Commended Certificates were given out to the teams, “Team Spud” from Clonkeen College, Dublin and “Vision Quest” from Moate Community School, Westmeath for the high standard of their respective films. The People’s Choice Award went to “What if...?” from Our Lady of Mercy College Beaumont, Dublin with 33% of the votes.
This was a highly successful event with representatives from across both the Performing Arts and the Trade Union sectors in attendance to watch the Country’s next generation showcase both their knowledge of rights within the workplace as well their artistic ability in this unique competition. Youth Connect is already working on next year’s competition which will be set around a historical theme.