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Student filmmakers to explore the concerning issue of street safety

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Your Call short film competition, which is run in conjunction with the WA Police Force and the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The competition allows students aged 12 - 18 to creatively explore the many risks associated with going out in their communities and ways they can be reduced.

Students, in teams of up to three, are asked to research and create a short film of no more than three minutes focusing on street safety and the myriad interconnected issues.

Students may touch on a number of scenarios such as going out at night, catching public transport and ride share safety, pedestrian and road safety, how drugs and alcohol affect decision making, attending parties, loitering and curfew laws, drink spiking and sexual assaults, street fights, muggings and theft.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble said as young people gain their independence they are faced with many challenges and risks when they are out and about.

“The competition inspires young people to safely explore these risks and develop strategies to avoid dangerous situations,” commented Mr Gribble. “They become advocates for making safer choices and finding solutions to the hazards they can come up against when venturing out on their own.”

The three top films will share in a $6,000 prize pool with the winning team invited to collaborate with professional filmmakers to develop their idea into an interactive game, to be hosted on the Your Call website.

This year there is an exciting new category with the introduction of the Commissioner for Children and Young People Student Choice Award which will allow students to vote for their favourite top ten shortlisted films via social media.

Registrations are now open at https://yourcall.rocks/competitions/

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