Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University working on Supporting LIFE, was selected to take part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)’s Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition. Along with two other female scientists, she presented her health research (the use of technology to manage infectious diseases in developing countries such as Malawi), to a group of young Scottish filmmakers on Saturday 17th June 2017. Based on this input, the young filmmakers had one week to produce a short film and submit it to be judged by a panel of film industry experts and the three researchers. All six short films were shown on the big screen at Cineworld on Sunday 2nd July, where the winners and runners up were announced and given cash prizes to help them continue their careers.
As the quality of the submissions was so high, a joint first prize was awarded to two short films, “Malaria Hysteria”, which explored how online political propaganda can help spread fake science leading to ill-health, and “Emily”, which delved into the physical and personal effects of Alzheimer’s disease on young women. Congratulations to Sean Saez, Maddy Reay and Muireann Nic an Bheatha who produced “Malaria Hysteria” and Abigail Wallace, Emily Wallace, Aisha Jenkins and Freya Papadopoulos who produced “Emily”.
About the competition
The Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition is supported by the Wellcome Trust and was designed to engage young people in understanding how science and research is represented in film and to inspire them to produce their own short film to educate and inform the public about issues facing contemporary society.
One of the two winning films