Calling all young filmmakers

The UKABIF film award is a great opportunity for children and young people to share their experience of brain injury.

Credit: Jimmy Stevens/UKABIF
Families are encouraged to enter the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Film Award 2018, which opened last week and will accept entries until September 28th. One of last year’s runners up was 11-year-old Jimmy, whose entertaining film highlights the impact of his brain injury. Using Lego characters Jimmy shows how different his life has become since his acquired brain injury (ABI), how he is rising to the challenges in his everyday life and how he is determined to ‘beat it’. Jenni, Jimmy’s mum, said: “This was fantastic for Jimmy. Just producing this film has had a huge impact on Jimmy’s rehabilitation. “It’s helped Jimmy to process his injury and to be able to discuss the impact it has had on him, which was something he was reluctant to do previously.” Jimmy’s story was recently cited in an article on the role of storytelling in helping young people come to terms with brain injuries. This appeared in the Neuro-rehab Times and was written by Gemma Costello, lead educational psychologist at The Children’s Trust. Explaining how filmmaking can help young people, UKABIF Chair Andrew Bateman said: “UKABIF welcomes entries from children and young people with a brain injury. “Producing a short film is a really good way to express the impact of their brain injury, and to illustrate not only the changes in their lives but also the progress they’ve made”. The competition is open for entries from everyone that has an interest, or experience, in acquired brain injury (ABI). The films must be no more than 30 seconds long and enhance the understanding of ABI. For 2018, they must be about neurorehabilitation in hospital and/or in the community, or about brain injury in the context of school, prison or sport.

Watch The Jimmy Movie below:

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