The young people pose with Kingsley Ben-Adir
Kingsley Ben-Adir presented the group with their award.

Young people from Hull win national film award

Young people from Hull emerged as the winners of a national film award at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 25 June.

They won the Time for Action Award at the Into Film Awards for an anti-racism campaign video they produced titled ‘Just Ignore It’.

The video was funded by Hull City Council and was made with production company My Pockets.

The video formed part of an anti-racism campaign led by Hull’s Young Mayor, Amelia Franczak.

Amelia, aged 12, from St Mary’s College, launched an anti-racism campaign with the message of “challenging racism with kindness and positivity”. She worked alongside young people from Youth Aspire Connect, whose lived experiences inspired the campaign.

The Into Film Awards took place at the ODEON Luxe in Leicester Square. They celebrate the best and brightest young filmmaking talent from across the UK.

The Time for Action category highlights films that raise awareness of issues important to young people and explores the changes they would like to make in the world, whether big or small; personal or society wide.

Award-winning British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir presented the group with their award.

The group’s next project is to develop teacher training resources and to translate their film into a book that can be used by young people and teachers across schools in Hull.

One of the young people said: “As a result of the award, I have been able to realise and understand that my voice is a very important key to making a positive change. It has taught me that where necessary, my voice is a powerful tool.”

Pauline Turner, the Director of Children and Family Services at Hull City Council, said: “Congratulations to all the young people involved on their richly deserved award. The powerful video they made has and will continue to educate and inspire people in Hull and beyond.”

Watch ‘Just Ignore It’ by visiting Into Film on Vimeo.

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