Junior environmental filmmakers honoured

January 08, 2014 - 6:19:53 am

Students and officials at the awards ceremony.

DOHA: ConocoPhillips’ Global Water Sustainability Centre honoured the winning schools for its first Junior Environmental Filmmakers Competition ‘Water, Camera, Action!’ yesterday at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Seventeen schools in Doha participated in the competition, and the top 12 were invited to the Awards ceremony. 

Ibn Khaldoun Preparatory Independent School came in first place, followed by Omar Bin Al Khattab Preparatory School in second place and Awsaj Academy in third. Each winning school received a trophy and prizes that would help students continue their passion for creating films. 

Other schools were awarded for their creativity and efforts to produce films. 

Park House English School received the Best Creative Concept award, Doha College was awarded Best Cinematography, and Best Background Music went to Micheal E Debakey High School. 

Best Video Title went to Mesaieed International School and Al Andalus School won Best Actors award. All winning films were screened at the ceremony.

The highlight of the event was an interactive performance by scientist, teacher and entertainer James Soper, known for his shows about subjects that entertain students’ imagination.

His shows have reached a quarter of a million children over the past few years. 

Soper performed a bespoke activity at the ceremony that explored water using exciting demonstrations, multimedia and help from students. 

Frank Feghali, Vice-President and Commercial Manager,  ConocoPhillip, said, “We received 17 great films and I can honestly say that we were truly impressed by the amount of effort and dedication put into each.

“One of our main goals at ConocoPhillips is to raise awareness about water conservation in Qatar, and what a better way to promote the cause than getting school students actively participate in spreading this awareness.”

“Water is a national priority in Qatar and therefore the theme of the competition was water conservation. Each participating student has made a great contribution to water conservation by so eagerly engaging with the competition. And they have done a great job,” said Salem Al Halbadi, Director of Government Affairs, ConocoPhillips.

The Global Water Sustainability Centre launched the contest last September in 20 schools as part of its initiatives to promote water conservation in the country. 

Each school had one month to prepare and edit a four-minute video highlighting water sustainability in Qatar. 

The top three films will be screened at Environmental Fair 2014. 

The Peninsula

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