UK School Shortlisted for Global Film Award

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Pupils from the Knox Academy in East Lothian, Scotland, have been named as finalists in a global awards ceremony for their documentary film exploring the issues around young people carrying knives.

The pupils will join five other schools from across the world for the Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN) 2012 Global Contest held in London in August.

KWN is a hands-on video education programme Panasonic operates as part of its efforts to support education of future generations. The company provides video cameras and other equipment for video productions to elementary and middle schools participating in the programme. Currently, some 10,000 children and teachers around the world are taking part in the programme. Since the programme began in 1989, more than 160,000 children have participated to date.

The KWN programme is also a competition that honours the video works created by the children every year. To produce videos, students choose a theme on their own and handle everything from planning and scripting to filming and editing. This year’s KWN Global Contest saw 718 schools from 31 countries and regions taking part by submitting five-minute videos on the theme of either ecology or communication.

Colin Dempster, Business Education Teacher at Knox Academy said: “I am very proud of the Knox KWN Team who have shown determination and commitment in the production of their documentary over this session.

“The pupils chose to tackle a sensitive and hard-hitting issue, exploring the reasons why young people carry knives. Think of Life Put Down the Knife is a call for young people to think again and prioritise their safety and the safety of others. It is wonderful that they have achieved the success of reaching the Panasonic Global KWN Finals, being one of 6 teams from 700 schools worldwide, and a fantastic prize being able to visit the Olympics in London.”

The KWN Global Awards Ceremony this year will be held on August 10 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. As an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Panasonic supports the sports festival that promotes world peace and friendship. The company intends to provide young children the chance to learn about these Olympic values by holding the KWN Global Awards events during the Games.

This year’s six finalist videos can be viewed on the KWN global website.