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Write The Change Winners at Giffoni Film Festival

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:01

Our EU Start The Change Project gave young people the chance to enter their stories around migration in to the Write The Change competition. The finalists recently went to the Giffoni Film Festival where the winner was announced. We asked the UK's finalist, Amy Campbell, to write us a blog about her trip to sunny Italy...

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The Write The Change finalists with Start The Change! staff at the Giffoni film festival

"Well so far we’ve made it to the airport, dropped off our bags and got through security unscathed, so far so good!

After a mad dash through Munich airport we’ve made it on the flight with heaps of time to spare, Naples here we come!

Finally! We’ve made it to Napoli station and we’re on a train to Salerno, minus our luggage. Hopefully our case will arrive from Munich tomorrow but at the moment we just have ourselves! There have been big problems with the trains but hopefully we’ll manage to get there and get sorted.

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Write The Change finalists from across Europe

We made it to the hostel last night and our cases should be waiting for us today when we come back from the festival. Giffoni is such a beautiful little village and the festival is really interesting! Today we met the other finalists and got to know everyone before heading off. So far we have written messages to the Mexican government to ask them to ratify a document to do with climate change and human rights and we’ve explored the festival. Later on we’re going to encourage more kids to write to the government and then go to the ‘blue carpet’ to see who’s there.

Just back from day one and it was great! Very, very hot but super enjoyable, the only downside being that our luggage still hasn’t come!

It’s the second day now and we are all having a quick coffee before we are picked up and taken to the big ceremony! We’re all very excited and slightly nervous, but everyone deserves to win so no matter the outcome we will be happy.

The ceremony is just finished, our group didn’t win anything but i have had so much fun on this trip that it didn’t matter in the end. The overall winner was Poland, with Spain coming second and Austria third. We’re all heading down to the beach now, and then we’re meeting up with the jurors and organisers for dinner, plus our luggage has finally arrived!

It’s our last full day here, and we are on a boat to the Amalfi Coast! This morning we met with the jurors to discuss our stories and ways we can improve them which was really helpful. Getting to speak to all these professionals who offered a wide range of experience was such an amazing opportunity to help improve my writing in the future. Once we come back from Posetano we are going to get ready to go to Giffoni again as Mahmood is performing there tonight! Our flight leaves very, very early tomorrow morning so we won’t have a lot of time to sleep, but that doesn’t matter to me, this whole trip has been amazing and i’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to help make a little change, arrivederci!"

Amy told us "it was such a fun project to work on and none of us ever thought we’d make it this far to be honest...this has been a great experience and all of us would love to work with Start the Change again."


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