Julian Smith MP praises Hellifield CP School’s winning entry into school film festival

Julian Smith MP was last week filmed watching Hellifield’s LitFilmFest entry in Parliament. The entry was written and produced by year 3 students at the school and won the film festival’s ‘Video of the Month’.

The competition was set up in conjunction with the Parliamentary Education Centre and a literacy charity, A Tale Unfolds (ATU), who created Pupil Parliament - a package of resources designed to teach about the role of MPs and members of the House of Lords, how and why young people might want to contact them.

The short films pupils created using this resource are entered into ATU’s LitFilmFest a primary school film festival which brings together traditional literacy and digital skills in dealing with real world issues.

Overall winners will be awarded with professional filming days courtesy of YouTube Kids, and the chance to see their finished films on cinema screens in their area.

Julian Smith said: ‘It was great to be able to watch the pupils’ video, which focused such an important issue in this Parliament. Their use of technology and engagement with the subject matter and role of MPs was very impressive. I am delighted that they won Video of the Month and I look forward to discussing their entry with them when I visit them at Hellifield later this year.’