Teen filmmakers’ award is a Gift

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Two city teenagers have been awarded Best Young Filmmakers awards in a national film competition.

Carl Mason and Lewis Thompson, both 15 won in this year’s ‘Organ Donation Through A Lens’ film competition with their film ‘It’s a Gift.’

The teens were tasked with creating a film urging people to have a conversation and pass on their organ donation wishes to their loved ones while encouraging people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The competition took place ahead of this year’s National Transplant Week, which runs from July 8 to July 14, an annual campaign run by NHS Blood and Transplant. This year’s theme is ‘Pass It On’ and it is hoped it will inspire people to get involved in the campaign and have their own conversations about donation.

Cat Lewis, one of the judges of this year’s competition and Executive Producer on the Bafta winning programme Me, My Dad & His Kidney, said:“’It’s a Gift’ really stood out to us all as not only a beautifully shot and technically great film, but the fact they are both only 15 years old was so impressive – they are definitely ones to watch out for in the future.”

Carl said: “We were extremely surprised as it was the first short film competition we had ever entered and are obviously very pleased with the final result. We cannot thank the judges enough for awarding our film with the Best Young Filmmakers Award, and hope ‘It’s a Gift’ raised lots of awareness as we feel very passionate about it.”

To watch Carl and Lewis’s winning film, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7B2KnFZKI

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register please visit www.transplantweek.co.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or text DONATE to 62323.