Students have been helping to stamp out smoking by participating in a short film competition.

Year six pupils at Viking Primary School in Yeading Lane, Northolt , have produced anti-smoking videos for the Ealing Cut Films 2014 Short Film Competition.

The contest is run by The Deborah Hutton Campaign, is commissioned by NHS Smokefree Ealing for the Ealing Tobacco Control Alliance and asked young people in the borough to make a two minute clip for their friends on the issues surrounding youth smoking.

A professional filmmaking youth worker from Cut Films supported teachers to create the films with their students, teaching them the film production process from script to screen.

Entries were then uploaded on the competition website and shared via social media.

Children at Viking Primary submitted six films called Our thoughts, Smoking is no joke, Don’t watch this, The smokers and the jokers, Live happy and Don’t smoke, live your life.

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Shahib, a year six pupil who worked on the project, said: “For some people, smoking is quite a sensitive topic, and James (Cut Films Youth Worker) made everybody feel at ease, bringing the fun factor into the making of the films.

“We learnt a lot about smoking and the dangers.”

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All films in the Ealing competition have also been entered into the National Cut Films competition with the chance to have their film screened at BAFTA HQ as part of the National Cut Films Awards 2014.

Voting closes on Friday (May 30).

Visit www.cutfilms.org/Ealing to find out more.

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