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Right Arrow Glamour of Oscars comes to Sefton for young movie makers
27 February 2012 at 15:21
The red carpet was rolled out when Sefton’s best young filmmakers attended the Sefton Shorts film awards ceremony.

Sefton Shorts is a film competition to engage young people in sexual health and relationship issues in an innovative and creative way. Local college students created a series of short films about safe sex, contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The Hollywood-style awards ceremony at the Plaza Community Cinema in Crosby marked the end of the competition with winners being chosen by a public vote and by a panel of judges.

The big winner on the night was The Monster, a film produced by Dan Cannon, 16, and Leo Hendrikse, 18, from Southport College. The film is a funny, cautionary tale about condom use and STI testing. It won Best Actor as well as scooping Best Film with 78% of the public vote.

Prizes for Best Audio, Best Editing and Best Script were also awarded. All films are available to watch online at

Elizabeth Kay, Sexual Health Promotion Service Lead at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The film competition entries were fantastically creative and had some strong messages that will raise awareness and encourage young people to make positive, informed decisions around their relationships. The Monster deserved the top accolade. It very cleverly used humorous narrative to deliver a serious message.”

Full list of winners:

• Best Film*: The Monster
• Best Audio**: HIV and Aids Awareness Film
• Best Editing**: Sexual Health Advert
• Best Script**: HIV and Aids Awareness Film
• Best Actor**: The Monster

* Voted for by the public
** Chosen by the judging panel – Dr Mark Fremaux, Programme Leader for Television and Production at Edge Hill University, Liza Williams, Health Reporter for Liverpool Echo and Morag Reynolds, Public Health Lead at NHS Sefton

Picture shows the winners outside Plaza Community Cinema with their awards: (left to right) Leo Hendrikse, Faye Valentine, Kyle Bignell, Paul Allen, Hannah Troughton and Dan Cannon.

For further information, please contact Lisa Higgins on 0114 221 0378 or email

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.