Blue Datto film competition opens to Tamworth youth

Close to home: Tamworth students have been invited to take part in the inaugural Blue Datto road safety short film competition. Photo: Chris Bath
Close to home: Tamworth students have been invited to take part in the inaugural Blue Datto road safety short film competition. Photo: Chris Bath

Students in the Tamworth region have been invited to use their creative minds to make a difference to the alarming road fatality statistics that are hurting regional Australian families every day.

Just three weeks after the Blue Datto Foundation held its first ever seminar at Oxley High School, the movement with direct links to the school have launched their inaugural short film competition, Impact the screen – impact a life.

The Blue Datto Foundation was named after 17 year old Phil Vassallo, who was tragically killed in a head on accident with his best mate in the Hawkesbury region in 2015, although co-founder and CEO Erin Vassallo is a former student of Oxley High.

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“More needs to be done at a community level to educate our young people and save lives, and we hope this competition will help young people talk about the issues, and what can be done in a constructive, creative way,” Ms Vassallo said.

“With fatalities in the 17-25 age group increasing significantly in recent years, the 'mpact the Screen – Impact a Life initiative aims to provide young people with a forum to raise awareness and start meaningful discussions about a very real issue in our community.”

The competition is aimed directly at that age group, with 17 to 25 year olds asked to create a one to two minute film based on the theme “Keep your mates safe”, with $3000 in prizes, plus a five week training course with the Sydney Short Film School up for grabs.

Entries close on August 31, with the winners of both categories to be announced at a Gala Dinner in October.

To register or to find out more about this competition, visit www.impactthescreen.org