Sunday 2 September 2012

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cyberbullying competition winners to be announced

Crunch time comes tomorrow afternoon Monday, 3 September for more than 100 young people around Australia who entered the ground-breaking BackMeUp video competition and campaign.

The winners will be announced on BackMeUp’s Facebook page tomorrow at 4.30pm east coast time

The BackMeUp anti-cyberbullying campaign was launched in June and targeted 13-17 year olds to educate them about the importance of taking action to support someone who they saw being cyberbullied.

BackMeUp participants submitted more than 100 two-minute films to show what sort of action they would take as a bystander.

The films were then short listed and the final 10 winners selected by a judging panel consisting of young people, industry specialists and youth advocacy organisations.

And tomorrow, at 4.30pm east coast time, 10 lucky winners will find out they’ve won a week long all-expenses paid trip to Sydney to study film-making at NIDA.

Commission spokesperson on cyberbullying, Dr Helen Szoke, said she was excited to see who made it through to the end.

“The quality and creativity these young film makers have shown has been incredible,” Dr Szoke said.

“Virtually every film submitted had a powerful message about the benefits of being an active bystander to cyberbullying who takes action to help a friend.

“Sadly not everyone can win a place at the NIDA filmmaking workshop but it is important to get the message out and spread the word about all the fantastic films that were submitted.”

The end result of the film-making course will be a thirty second advertisement, which it’s hoped TV networks will run as a community service announcement.

Check out all the videos on the BackMeUp YouTube channel and find out more at

And, don’t forget to log on to  at 4.30pm east coast time, tomorrow, Monday 3 September, to find out who the winners are!

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Media contact: Louise McDermott (02) 9284 9851 or 0419 258 597

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