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Diabetes UK announces winners of film competition at special award ceremony

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Diabetes UK announced the winners of its Diabetes in School Short Film competition at a special awards ceremony and screening event held at the BAFTA 195 private members club in central London on Saturday 12 December.

Children and teachers from ten different schools from across the UK were shortlisted for the awards and were invited to attend the event.

Diabetes UK launched the film competition at the beginning of the summer as part of its Make the Grade campaign to help raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and improve care in schools for children and young people living with the condition. Children and young people aged 11–17 from schools across the UK were invited to submit a film of no more than three minutes long about their experiences of Type 1 diabetes.

The films were judged by an expert panel, which included film actress Elinor Crawley, who starred in the British film Submarine (2011) and has Type 1 diabetes, and former Diabetes UK President Richard Lane. The winners received prizes for themselves and their school, including iMac desktop computers, iPad Air 2s, and GroPro cameras.

Thalie Martini, Diabetes UK Make the Grade Delivery Manager, said: “We would like to thank all of the schools who took part in our competition. The quality and originality of all of the films have been extremely impressive and the judges had a very tough job choosing the winners.

“All of the students who participated in our competition should feel really proud as they have helped raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, which is a very serious health condition that is often misunderstood. This will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of children and young people with Type 1 diabetes up and down the UK."

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