Winners of Australia’s first Film Festival by deaf teenagers announced

September 2018

Hearing Australia wishes to congratulate the winners of Australia’s first film festival for deaf teenagers.
The Hear For You Film Festival inspired deaf or hard of hearing secondary school students to write, shoot and edit a short film under the theme of ‘Love @ …’

Raymond Moreno, Jared Donaldson and Richard Moir won the Best Film award for their film, “The Bus Stop.”
Oscar Lynch swept two categories, winning both Best Director and the Judges’ Award for his film “Teddy Bear Love Story.”

Karen Nguyen, Samira Cox and India Cox took home the Best Screenplay award for “What Am I missing?”

“Life is hard enough for teenagers and if you’re deaf it can be even harder,” says David Brady, CEO at Hear For You, which hosted the festival with support from Hearing Australia. “Often we find deaf teenagers are isolated and don’t take part in activities such as filmmaking in school because they aren’t able to keep up with their hearing peers. Programs such as this film festival help to validate the young deaf person’s worth, improve self-esteem, networks and provide ‘lived’ experiences that teenagers can relate to.

”The Hear for You Film Festival participants also received film training and support through workshops led by filmmaker and author Pauline Findlay and Emilie Biggar, the first deaf contestant on the television cooking game show “My Kitchen Rules.”

More than 7,000 Australian teens between the ages of 13 and 19 years are fitted with hearing aids or cochlear implants1. Hear For You is an organisation that supports young people who are deaf and hard of hearing through programs and events that offer the youngsters a sense of community, guidance and the chance to meet other people who understand what they’re going through. All Hear For You employees and volunteers are deaf so, through these programs, deaf teenagers have the opportunity to connect with mentors who understand what they’re going through.

“Most of the deaf and hard of hearing teenagers Hear For You mentors and supports have also been supported by Hearing Australia since they were babies or young children,” says Alison King, Hearing Australia Principal Audiologist for Paediatric Services. “By working with Hear For You, together we can help teens develop important skills for life and to realise that their hearing loss need not be a barrier to doing what they want in life.”
Kim Terrell, Acting Managing Director for Hearing Australia said: “I’m proud that Hearing Australia is supporting Hear For You as part of the work we do with all our partners to deliver better hearing health solutions to our clients and the community. Our mission is to provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians.”