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Londoners scoop London 2012 film award

Winners of the Best Fiction (20-25 years old) Megan Salter, Sara Harrak with Film Nation hosts Kirsty Gallacher (left) and Simon Bird
Winners of the Best Fiction (20-25 years old) Megan Salter, Sara Harrak with Film Nation hosts Kirsty Gallacher (left) and Simon Bird

A group of film makers from London were among those attending the first London 2012 Film Nation awards in Birmingham.

The awards ceremony is part of the Cultural Olympiad programme, Film Nation: Shorts and provides people aged 14-25 years old with the opportunity to create a film inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values.

'Hath not a Child Ability' was created by Megan Salter, Sara Harrak and Ed Davis, a collaboration of film makers from Essex.

The film explores the themes of Courage, Determination, Equality, Excellence, Friendship, Inspiration and Respect.

After collecting her award Megan said "It's a great platform for young film-makers...it was great to have that opportunity and lucky enough that people voted for us.

We were initially inspired by Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, and Shylock's speech. We updated the words and to how young people speak...We wanted to show kids in a good light."

As well as the Olympic and Paralympic values, film-makers are being encouraged to produce films inspired by the theme of Truce. This follows a partnership with Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and ambassador Jude Law.

Jeremy says, "It's incredibly important for young people, through art, through film, through music and poetry to express themselves."

They used to say the pen is mightier than the sword, the camera now is.
Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day

The winning films will be screened at venues across the capital during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. They'll also be screened on the London 2012 Big Screens that will be dotted around the country during the Games.

Budding film-makers are already being encouraged to send in submissions ahead of next years awards ceremony. For more information and list of all the winners click on the link below.

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