Students’ anti-smoking film scoops award

Tipperary students’ anti-smoking short film scooped a top award at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Film Festival 2013.

Tipperary students’ anti-smoking short film scooped a top award at the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Film Festival 2013.

The Tipperary Regional Youth Services (TRYS) 6th class girls group won the ‘Best Smoking Prevention Award’ at the festival which took place in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield recently, attended by more than 38 youth groups from around the country.

The youth group’s film project ‘Choose Life Not Smoking’ was recognised as conveying the best smoking prevention messaging in terms of education and creativity. The awards were decided by a judging panel which consisted of representatives from the healthcare, health promotion, film and entertainment industries. In total, over 200 young people gathered to showcase their film projects on the big screen. With each short film focused on the issue of smoking, the young people sent a clear message to the tobacco industry in Ireland using the medium of film.