Four filmmakers received awards after winning top spot in the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's 180 short-film contest during an awards gala held in Vancouver on Mar. 9.
The contest invited youth between 19 and 25 years old to make short films about speeding, impaired driving or distracted driving that would cause other young drivers to rethink risky driving habits.
More than 110 filmmakers submitted 124 films. Their work resulted in a total of 110,000 views on the contest YouTube channel.
Three filmmakers in each category won the top prize packages worth $7,800 in filmmaking equipment and software:
• Speeding: Nelson Talbot (Langley, BC), 2 Fast 2 Fatal, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj2JKwppXiM;
• Impaired Driving: Lauren Holmes (Vancouver, B.C.), Live Fast, Die Young, http://www.youtube.com/user/180filmcontest;
• Distracted Driving: David McDonald (New Westminster, B.C.), If Lives Are in Your Hands, http://www.youtube.com/user/180filmcontest;
The most-popular film, with almost 1,000 votes on YouTube, won a People's Choice Award: Saad Khan, Look Right, Look Left, Look Right, http://www.youtube.com/user/180filmcontest.