SCHOOL film makers across North Devon are being offered a chance to go national with their messages of climate change and sustainability

SCHOOL film makers across North Devon are being offered a chance to go national with their messages of climate change and sustainability

Play it Cool, the North Devon climate change awareness project, has joined North Devon and Torridge District Councils and Northern Devon Coast and Countryside to set up a film competition for local secondary school groups.

The aim is to make a film about climate change or sustainable living that can be used to help raise awareness with a variety of audiences.

Brigit Strawbridge, from the television series It's Not Easy Being Green, is one of the judges and is offering the top team of student film-makers the chance to go national.

She is keen to use the winning film for her next venture: a sustainability bus. She will travel around the country with a double-decker sustainability roadshow visiting schools and communities.

"I'm really excited about the bus and the work we can do across the country with this kind of resource. I would love to be able to show a film made by young people, explaining their concerns about climate change and, maybe, asking for action," said Brigit.

Gill Westcott from Play it Cool said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for young film-makers to try out their own ideas, get experience and feedback and help the environment at the same time - it might even get them national recognition."

Students' films can be about any aspect of climate change or sustainability and can take any form that gets the message across, from a documentary or short drama to an advert or even a horror film!

Judging will take place at next year's North Devon Schools Climate Challenge Conference by an expert panel of environmentalists and local film-makers.

For more information contact Play it Cool on (01271) 327562 or at: playitcooldevon@tiscali.co.uk