ICAN (MPS Waltham Forest) short film competition

LVE Foundation was delighted to host a Dragons’ Den style student film event on Wednesday 14th June. Featuring contributions from Waltham Forest College, Leyton Sixth Form College, Sir George Monoux College and Big Creative Education, students were asked to create a short film focusing on issues they felt were important to young people in their community.

The hard-hitting films and presentations covered topics such as sexual harassment on public transport, road safety, cyber bullying and knife crime. The quality of the films and the range of topics covered impressed everyone at the well-attended event. Each team showed a distinctive style and approach to their chosen subjects and provided a varied program for the audience.

After the films were shown the students discussed their work with a panel of judges, which included LVE’s CEO Karen Bellamy and members of the police and local council. The event itself was organised by PC Jason Hill as part of his ICAN initiative, to engage with young people in the community and provide a platform for their concerns. The films were shown in Leyton Great Hall’s former council chamber, which provided a striking setting for the showcase.

The winners were Ananda Gervais, Tarik Daley-Ward, Junior Shirley and Nikolay Roplev from Big Creative Education. Their film was judged to have demonstrated the most effective way of getting their message about cyber bullying across. They will share a prize of £250 awarded by the LVE Foundation and get to work with the local police on a public service film. We should also congratulate their tutor Adam Thomas for his work with this talented team.

The “dragons’” for the event were:

Alan Rodney (Deputy Headteacher, Hawkswood Therapeutic School)

Councillor Karen Bellamy (CEO LVE Foundation and Councillor for Higham Hill Ward)

Karen Manner (Deputy Chief Constable, Warwick police)

Linzi Roberts-Egan (Deputy Chief Executive, London Borough of Waltham Forest)

Richard Tucker (Detective Chief Superintendent, Waltham Forest Borough Commander)