Swan Hill NOVO Youth Council is ready to make a change.
This Friday night at 7pm, the inaugural Make a Change Film Festival will make its debut at the Swan Hill Town Hall PACC.
Created by young people for young people, the festival aims to get young people in Swan Hill, Robinvale and surrounds to raise the profile of youth issues that matter to them.
Local youth aged between 12 – 25 were given the chance to create a short film up to five minutes in length covering social issues young people face including mental health, bullying, LGBTIQ rights, disability discrimination, drug and alcohol culture, racism, family violence and body image.
Council’s Youth Support Co-ordinator Kane sparks said they had a great response to the festival with 12 films entered.
“We’ve got some outstanding entries that tackle some really hard topics,” Mr Sparks said.
“And the level of understanding and maturity shown by these young people is to be commended.
“By giving them a platform to express themselves creatively and in a safe space, we’re not just highlighting the issues they face growing up, but showcasing their ability to contribute to their community in a positive and meaningful way.”
Mr Sparks went on to encourage all members of our community to attend the film festival.
“Consistency is key to creating cultural change. Regularly bringing the complex issues that our local young people face to the forefront raises awareness. And it’s only when we’re aware, that we can take steps to change these behaviours.”
The Make a Change Film Festival open to all members of the public and will include film premieres, award presentations and a key note address from former AFL player Glenn Manton. Entry is a gold coin donation and includes snacks, tea and coffee.
The project was made possible thanks to funding from the State Government’s Victorian Youth Week Grant, NOVO and Swan Hill Rural City Council. Thank you also to headspace Swan Hill, Glenn Manton, Showbiz Cinemas and Harvey Norman for supporting this festival.