Film shortlisted for a Charity Award

By January 20, 2020 Opportunity No Comments

Ups and Downs Southwest are delighted to announce that following a public vote, they have made the shortlist in the 2020 Charity Film Awards.

The Charity Film Awards celebrates the effective use of video by the third sector to change mindsets, raise awareness for the charity or fundraise.

65,000 people took part in the public voting stage to determine the shortlist. The Charity Film Awards panel of expert judges include high profile names from entertainment, business, politics and media. The winners of the Charity Film Awards 2020 will be announced a gala ceremony in central London, in the Spring.

Celebrity Ambassadors for Charity Film Awards include; Mariella Frostrup, Quentin Willson, Jason Bell and Chris Warburton.

Our Director, Joanna Thorn "We are thrilled that our film has inspired people and thank everyone for taking the time to vote for us. 'This is Me' is a defiant song of self-empowerment and sends out the very pertinent message that although I may be different, I still make a difference and a worthwhile contribution to society, we are delighted that the film has raised awareness and acceptance.

The charity worked with Somerset Film of Bridgwater to produce the piece and with their expertise in working with people with disabilities, it was the perfect partnership.   

Deb Richardson, Producer at Somerset film said “It was such a wonderful day working with the children, their families and all the performers. We’re delighted that they have been recognised in this way and in particular, that over 16,000 people viewed the film to make World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day.”

Simon Burton, Co-Founder of the Charity Film Awards said: ‘In the digital age, charities’ use of video is fundamental to engage the hearts and minds of their communities. Ups and Downs Southwest's” film is a great example of that in action.”

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Thank you for your support and fingers crossed that we get through to the next round!

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Ups and Downs Southwest

Ups and Downs Southwest is a Down Syndrome Support Charity which works directly with families, professionals and all those involved with the care and education of children and young people who have Down Syndrome. Based in the heart of Somerset, its membership and reach covers most of the South West; from Devon to Bristol and including Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. The charity’s mission is to support every child and young person with Down Syndrome to ensure that they enjoy a secure, informed environment that meets their emotional, social and educational needs.

Somerset Film

Over the past 15 years, from a start-up investment of just £5000, Somerset Film has generated over £4,500,000 investment for creative media arts in Somerset, having commissioned and employed over 200 arts and media professionals. Their Films have won awards from Canada to Croatia, and have been shown at festivals around the world. They work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, prioritising those at risk of social or physical isolation of exclusion. Not just in Bridgwater, but right across Somerset, with projects like Family Connections and Capture Burnham as well as their Satellite Pop-up initiative. They also work with and train artists (of all disciplines) and businesses, in predominantly rural setting, to develop ways to communicate more effectively and flourish using the internet and digital technology.

Wish us luck!