MAKE A MOVIE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE The United Way Challenges Society to “Care to Change” United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) wants you to “Care to Change” by participating in their video competition that will raise awareness about social issues. BC youth (19 and under) and adults (20 plus) are invited to create and enter short films (maximum five minutes) that will educate viewers on topics such as bullying, poverty, vulnerability and isolation, and then inspire them to care for others. Statistics show that more than 40% of grade 4 – 7 students experience bullying, almost 30% of seniors feel isolated and alone, and almost 20% of children in BC are living in poverty. The Care to Change video competition will shed a light on these situations, and show people how they can make a difference in someone else’s life. “Care to Change is a creative and relevant way for aspiring videographers to make digital shorts that make a difference,” said Catherine Warren, Care to Change Judging Panel Chair and UWLM Board Member. “Film makers will bring a fresh perspective and unique lens to United Way Focus areas - poverty, bullying, vulnerability and isolation. We want them to answer the question: What does one of these issues mean to me and how do I care to change it?” Entrants of the competition will receive plenty of exposure for their work, and the chance to win prizes such as a Canon Video Camera, Apple iPad, Apple MacBook Pro and many more. Select winners will also have their videos shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as part of the Reel Youth film tour. To enter the Care to Change competition, create a video with a clear message that tells a compelling story about one of United Way’s main issues (bullying, poverty, vulnerability, or isolation). The winning video will be creative and original, while inspiring compassion and empathy among the audience. All entries must be mailed in by June 15, 2011. More details can be found here: www.caretochange.ca.