Organ Donation Through A Lens award chooses finalists

Nine films have been shortlisted in the annual Organ Donation Through a Lens short film competition, with some thought-provoking work among the amateur contenders

Nine films have been shortlisted in the annual Organ Donation Through a Lens short film competition, with some thought-provoking work from the amateur contenders.

This year’s competition asked for films that urged people to have a conversation and pass on their organ donation preferences to their families, and to encourage people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. The film-makers range from teenagers, including one waiting for a transplant, to hospital staff and students.

Below are a few examples of the shortlisted films.

Barbara and Kenneth (above still and video) by David Ravenscroft from Bristol, who currently works for NHSBT Filton, which makes specialist blood products for hospitals, and Christopher Collier.

The Gift of Life by Holly Wilkinson, graduate in film production from the University of Worcester

It’s Time We Talked by Hannah Elder from Poole, a television production student from Bournemouth University.

The overall winner will be announced in the run-up to this year’s National Transplant Week, Pass it On (July 18-14). It is judged by a panel including Jemma North, producer and director of ITV current affairs series Tonight, and Cat Lewis, executive producer on the BAFTA-winning programme Me, My Dad & His Kidney. There is also a People’s Favourite prize, which goes to the entry with the most views on the Transplant Week YouTube channel by June 21.

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