Two categories, Best Individual Film and Best Group Film, were judged by a panel made up of Diabetes UK’s former president Richard Lane, actress Elinor Crawley, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Michael B. Clifford, BBC Digital Producer Jen Grieves, filmmaker Elizabeth Milligan and Diabetes UK’s Clinical Advisor Libby Dowling.
Ten finalists, their friends, families and teachers were invited to the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) to showcase their powerful films.
The public had their say on the Fan Favourite – the entry with the most ‘likes’ on Diabetes UK’s YouTube channel. Winners received a GoPro camera for themselves, and an iMac and iPad Air for their schools.
From documenting a day-in-the-life of a pupil with Type 1 diabetes to takling myths and misconceptions about Type 1, the finalists enchanted the judges with their unique spin on life with diabetes at school.
“We were looking for something fun, appealing and creative, with a clear message,” said Elinor. “I wasn’t expecting the level of creativity and brilliance that we actually got.”
Head judge Richard added: “The children all put in so much effort, creativity and imagination. Above all, they showed us the friendship and support they get from all their friends, and that was very, very moving.”
The power of film is undeniable, and gives young people with Type 1 diabetes the chance to “have their own voice”, said Jen, who has a blog about living with Type 1 – Young, Fun & Type 1.
“That’s the fantastic thing about digital media, everyone has a voice if they want it – you can write a blog in minutes or you can pick up a camera,” she added.