Video contest gets students to shine spotlight on violence against girls and women

KINGSTON–On Monday, May 10, young filmmakers from the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area will be showcasing their talents at the 2010 “Direct This!” Video Contest Awards Night, which takes place 7:00 p.m. at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston.

In its second year, “Direct This!” invites Grade 9 through 12 students to produce short videos about ending violence against girls and women. Judges select the set of finalists to be screened at the May 10 event, when the first, second and third place winners will be revealed.

Awards Night will be MC’ed by K-Rock radio hosts Darryl Kornicky and Sarah Crosbie. It will include a screening of the finalists, performances by local indie rockers Chase the Light, a special presentation by a survivor of violence, and the highly anticipated announcement of the winning videos. Kim Allen, Chair of KFACC, looks forward to the event; “It’ll be a really exciting and fun atmosphere for the students to show off and celebrate their work. Last year was fantastic, and we think this year’s going to be even better.”

The competition is organized by the Kingston Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee (KFACC) to promote awareness of the issues and to start discussion–especially among youth. “We want to get students talking to each other about it now, because it helps prevent the negative attitudes and behaviours from forming later on in life,” explains Allen.

The Kingston Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee is a group working together at the local level to end domestic and sexual violence. It has a membership of organizations that provide services for those affected. The committee promotes awareness of the issues, and supports a coordinated community response to violence against women. For more information please visit www.kfacc.org.

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For more information contact:
FRANCIS WOOBY
KFACC COORDINATOR
email: info@kfacc.org
phone: 613-329-3187

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