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Budding film makers invited to make fire safety videos for MFB

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11 Apr 2016
MFB has launched its first ever Student Fire Safety Film Competition, run as part of MFB’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Victorian Foundation/Prep to Year Ten students are being invited to create a 30 second film that targets their age group and includes an MFB key fire safety message, such as ‘Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll’ or ‘Get down low and Go, Go, Go’!

Films can be live action, animation, computer generated graphics, stop motion or a mixture of styles and entry is free.

Launching the competition today, MFB’s Chief Officer Peter Rau said that the primary aim of it was to raise awareness regarding fire safety amongst young Victorians.

“MFB attends around 7,000 calls to fires and explosions every year, and goes to a further 15,000 calls for false alarms and false calls.

“It is therefore imperative that we educate young Victorians and increase their knowledge and ability to help themselves in an emergency and become more aware of fire safety.

“We are calling on all budding student film makers and their family and friends, teachers, principals, and youth group leaders to get behind this competition and help spread MFB’s vitally important key fire safety messages by making a short film.”

Entries can be submitted by informal groups or formal groups such as Scouts Troops or Youth Groups, and classes.

Entries close on 5 August 2016 and will be judged by a panel. The competition will culminate in a finalist ceremony in Melbourne in the last week of September where prizes for each category winner will be announced and awarded.

After the winners are announced, prizes will be awarded and the winner’s and finalists’ films will be used for fire education purposes by MFB on its social media channels, website, fire education programs and possibly even on TV as part of public safety and community service announcements.

For more information visit: www.studentfiresafetyfilmcomp.com.au or contact Carlie Newman by emailing MFB125@mfb.vic.gov.au or telephoning 03 9665 4487.  

Student safety

Student safety is extremely important to MFB.

For this reason the organisation is informing students that they are not:

  • to use and/or extinguish live flames (candles, fires, etc.) as part of their filming or film. If entrants want to use live flame in the film production, the management of the flame and extinguishment of this must be managed by the film’s legal guardian, who must be over the age of 18.
  • permitted to film at stations, film appliances turning out or responding to incidents. As part of the resource supplied to all entrants MFB has included footage of appliances turning out.

Any films that are submitted that ignore these rules will be automatically disqualified.

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