The first Cut Films Awards in Wales took place in Ebbw Vale last night (Thursday June 6th) to celebrate the creativity of young people involved in tobacco control film-making.

Nearly 100 young people from all over Wales walked the red carpet amongst a host of VIPs including Channel 4s Will Best, Welsh Health Minster Mark Drakeford and the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, at a glittering ceremony.

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 then 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.

49 entries were submitted from across Wales with over 2,000 online views between them.

The winners of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013 were:

People’s Choice category

These were the films that the general public voted for through their social media.

Under 18 Popular Choice Winner:

‘Now or later’ produced by Jac Harries, Michael Harvey and Travis Parker from Cardiff and Vale College

Over 18s Popular Choice Award:

‘Fag Ninja’ produced by Sami Shah, Cameron Millwater and James Maharg from Cardiff and Vale College

Outstanding Achievement Award for contributions to Cut Films in Wales:

Cowbridge Comprehensive School, who submitted a total of 17 films!

Judges' Choice category

5th place runner up:

‘The Heart Attack’ produced by Ieuan Jones and Phil Nash from Cardiff and Vale College

4th place runner up:

‘Burning Life’ produced by Danielle Hirons, Ross Duke, Ryan Watkins and Mitchell Bignell from Coleg Gwent

3rd place runner up:

‘Killer Cocktail’ produced by Daniel Hunt, Kieran McCarthy from Cardiff and Vale College

2nd place runner up:

‘Interview with the Smoker’ produced by Jamie, Ben, Jack and Jamie-Leigh from Coleg Gwent

1st runner up:

‘Would you like fries with that’ produced by John Gray from Coleg Gwent

Under 18s overall winner of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013:

Jac Harries, Michael Harvey and Travis Parker from Cardiff and Vale College and their film ‘Now or Later’.

Over 18s overall winner of the Wales Cut Films Awards 2013:

‘Bad Decisions’! produced by Anastazja Fedorowicz, Malgorzata Hryhorowicz and Michal Nowak from Aberystwyth University

Winner of Youth Judge choice award:

‘When you Smokin’ produced by Ross Stevenson

Jamie Jones Mead, manager of the Filter said:

“The premier of the Wales Cut Films awards has been an outstanding success and we would like to congratulate everyone who entered. 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 winners of the under 18s public vote competition will get tickets to Wakestock Festival in Abersoch, whilst the winners of the over 18s public vote will get Beach Break Live tickets.

Runners up in the judges' choice awards will receive £40 Amazon vouchers each, the under 18s judges choice winner will win a professional film making workshop and a lomography video camera each. The over 18s judges choice winner will receive an iPad mini each.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

"I am very pleased to add my voice in praising the young people who have taken the time to enter this competition. If we are to succeed in helping people to stop smoking and discouraging young people from starting to smoke, we all need to work together.

"We have already had some success in reducing smoking amongst young people and it is really encouraging to see so many young people here willing to help us achieve this goal.

"I was very impressed with the high quality of the work done here to discourage smoking amongst the peers of the entrants. I am sure that this experience will encourage all those who have taken part to stay involved in combating the scourge of smoking in the future."