Cate Blanchett Launches THE OASIS Homeless Short Film Competition

| 7 April , 2011 | 3 Replies

Yesterday (APril 5th) Cate Blanchett launched the OASIS Homeless Short Film competition with Peter Garrett. The Homeless Short Film Competition is a national competition with $25,000  prize money for secondary school students to raise awareness about homelessness in our community and Cate is the competition’s Patron.

The incidence of youth homelessness has doubled in Australia over the last 20 years with 32,000 young people under 25 defined as homeless (including children under 12, this number increases to around 44,500 Source: ABS Census 2006).

Students who enter THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition will be encouraged to make a film about any aspects of homelessness from their perspective, to raise awareness, highlight positive stories, inspire action locally and nationally, and support existing services.

Ms Blanchett, renowned actor and co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, said:  “The arts, including film and theatre, have an exceptional capacity to tell stories that raise awareness about important social issues and create change in our community.  THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition is important because it actively engages school students in understanding and highlighting the issues of youth homelessness, encouraging them to focus on young people less fortunate than themselves.”

Ms Blanchett said that 15 finalists of THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition will be screened by the Sydney Theatre Company later this year, where THE OASIS documentary had its premiere screening in 2008.

Entries in THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition close on September 16, with winners to be announced in November 2011.  $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning schools.

For further details about THE OASIS: Homeless Short Film Competition and THE OASIS Schools Curriculum Resource – Youth Homelessness Matters, go to:

You can also visit The Caledonia Foundation website: and the Oasis Youth Support Network for further information about their programs and how they are helping the community:

And if you missed my story on Cate’s involvement in the SK-II Clean Water “Clear for Life” project, visit here to see how easy it is to help billions of people around the globe who don’t have clean water.

Courtesy of Oasis

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