- Short film competition launched to prompt positive conversation on ageing
- Endorsed by World Health Organisation and International Federation on Ageing
Western Australian filmmakers are being invited to raise awareness and to challenge misconceptions about ageing as part of a new short film competition.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles today joined 2016 WA Senior of the Year and Ambassador for Positive Ageing Jenny Davis to officially launch the 'Life in Pictures' short film competition, to be held in partnership with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
"Society often values youth and beauty, while messages about ageing can focus on the negatives of getting older," Mr Miles said.
"Research shows these negative attitudes can often lead to social isolation and have significant impacts on seniors' health and wellbeing. People who view their own ageing negatively also tend to live on average 7.5 years less than people with positive attitudes.
"This competition will encourage everyone, the film makers and the viewers, to stop and think about how we view getting older. It will stimulate discussion about ageing in a positive way that values and shows respect to older people."
The Minister said the new initiative had received the endorsement of the International Federation on Ageing and World Health Organisation as a way of challenging existing social norms and creating more prosperous, equitable and healthier societies.
"Competition entries should highlight how older people add to WA's communities, including their contribution to families, culture, the economy, volunteering and tourism," Mr Miles said.
A total prize pool of $20,000 is available across three categories, including the option to attend film industry events and for film industry short courses and training.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said winners in each category would have their entries screened at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, and the films used to help raise awareness of ageing in the community.
"This is a massive boost for any emerging filmmaker in Perth," Mr Day said.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister's office - 6552 6600
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200