Drugs.ie have announced that they will collaborate with the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival to present a number of entries from the Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Short Video Category. Drugs.ie are encouraging young film makers to enter the competition for the possibility of winning prizes as well as having their work featured as part of the festival which takes place mid-February.
The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide and is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Second- Level Student Union and the Drugs.ie website. Drugs.ie is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website. The drugs.ie site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors.
The annual drugs education competition aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) Why do some young people use drugs? (b) What impact does alcohol have on relationships? The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.
By getting involved, young people can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues.
Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on drugs.ie.
A selection of video entries will feature as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on the 16th of February 2017. Entries will also be considered for publication by the Irish Times Student Hub.
The deadline for entries to the Drugs.ie Media Awards Competition is the 1st of February 2017.
You can find full competition details examples of previous winners at www.drugs.ie/awards
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions in relation to the competition.