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NMIT students win Refugee Week film competition

05 Jul 2013

NMIT students from the Young adult Migrant Education Course (YAMEC) VCAL Foundation class have won a $1000 prize in a local film competition.

The students, who attend NMIT's Collingwood campus, were engaged in a class 'short film' project with the theme of restoring their lives.

Students from six schools in the City of Yarra produced films that responded to the theme of 'Hope' with consideration to the refugee experience.

The project was supported by the City of Yarra, Victorian Multicultural Commission and hosted by the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) during the City of Yarra's Refugee Week Film Festival.

All the films produced were screened at ACMI on Thursday 20 June and a panel of industry experts awarded cash prizes to outstanding entries.

Films were judged on how they respond to the theme, how they demonstrate the craft of storytelling and how they make use of the film medium to promote a positive message about refugee experiences.

NMIT's Chris Francke, Youth Unit - Teacher said it was a great honour to be awarded the first prize of $1000 and the Outstanding Student prize of $100.

“The students were elated at winning and considering their recent life experiences it was truly a fine achievement,” said Chris.

The short film project is for young people aged 15-20.

The event is managed by the Yarra Settlement Forum to celebrate Refugee Week and promote awareness of refugee issues in local schools.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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