The first ever Cut Films Awards will take place in Wales this week to celebrate the creativity of young people involved in tobacco control film-making.

Over the last year ASH Wales’s youth project The Filter has been working with Cut Films, a UK-wide anti-smoking initiative which helps young people to film and edit short videos about the dangers of tobacco and share them with their friends.

The Filter, which works with 11-25 year olds to raise awareness about smoking, has travelled across Wales visiting youth groups, pupil referral units, schools, colleges and universities to help young people make films with a powerful message.

50 entries have been submitted from across Wales and the winner, which is decided by an online vote, will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Will Best of T4 on June 6th in Ebbw Vale.

Jamie Jones Mead, manager of the Filter said: “Every year in Wales 14,500 children aged 11-15 start smoking. We know that peer to peer support and encouragement is one of the best ways to get anti-smoking messages across to young people, which is why this project is so vital to what we do. Cut Films also encourages young people to develop skills which will be useful to them in their working life.”

The Cut Films Awards will be held at The Ebbw Vale Institute, Church Street in Ebbw Vale on June 6th 2013 from 7-9pm