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“Control Your Carbon Dioxides”: Future Shots Winning Film

Posted in Movements, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on December 16th, 2010

Eleven-year-old Cara Thomas of Deepdene has taken out the Sustainability Victoria Award for Best Film at Future Shots 2010, along with two other major awards on the night.  Cara’s film Control Your Carbon Dioxides was named the best sustainability-themed film by a young Victorian at last night’s Future Shots awards, held at ACMI Cinemas.  The Carey Baptist Grammar Junior School student won $2000 for the award and also picked up the best film in the under 12 category ($350 cash prize) and the Smart Energy Film Award, which includes an energy audit of her school.  Cara spent hours painstakingly moulding and filming her claymation tale of the green, beret-wearing EnviroMan who refuses to be devastated by people’s overuse of CO?.

Other films featured a talking can who desperately wants to be recycled, a raindrop whose mission is to be treated preciously by the school it lands in, and a moving documentary about a man whose dying wish is to be buried naturally (not cremated), encouraging a return to sustainable burial.

Twenty-six of Victoria’s best young filmmaking teams gathered at ACMI cinemas for youth environmental filmmaking’s night of nights.  Among the awards presenters were Faustina “Fuzzy” Agolley from Video Hits, Chris Judd (Visy Environmental Ambassador and Carlton Football Club captain), and the CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Anita Roper.  “All of the entrants showed great passion and knowledge of sustainability. I was very inspired by the filmmakers’ creativity in expressing their hopes about our future,” Mrs Roper said. “It was a fantastic night.”

For the second year running, Future Shots challenged Victorians under 25 to make a film of under three minutes addressing the theme of sustainability. Winners received over $10,000 in cash and prizes with films received by young animators, documentary and fiction filmmakers from across the state.

Visit the Future Shots website to watch the award-winning films.