Grade 6 pupils take on colleges at film festival

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THE Riverside Primary School grade 6 class may have a budding female director like Sophia Coppola or Catherine Hardwick in its midst.

The school is one of five Northern schools that have been announced as finalists in the MyState Student Film Festival, with the winners to be announced in Hobart today.

The other schools are the Community Christian Academy, Launceston Christian School, Launceston Church Grammar and Launceston College.

Riverside pupils Mia Ellis, Paris Dingemanse, Rhiannon Bradford and Caitie Murfett's short film, ifStop Bullyingnf, is a finalist in the encouragement and Premier's award categories.

Teacher Shenoa Anglesey said the pupils were really excited to have been selected as finalists in two categories, particularly for the encouragement award, in which they're up against college students.

``I'm really proud of all their efforts,'' Ms Anglesey said.

``I've been involved with making films for the past three years, but this is the first time we've had one selected as a finalist.''

Using the technique stop motion animation, the short film uses plasticine characters and tells the story of overcoming bullying.

 Stop Bullying, along with other pupil produced short films, will be shown tonight at Riverside Primary School's fund-raising outdoor movie night.

The short films will be shown before the main feature, The Smurfs, at 8pm.

Cost: $5 at the gate.

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