Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
More than 100 films later and after countless hours of emotionally-charged viewing, 10 lucky young people have been chosen as winners of the BackMeUp national anti-cyberbullying film competition.

The 14-17 year olds from across Australia will now attend an all-expenses paid one week film making course at NIDA in Sydney where they’ll create a 30 second TV advertisement to educate young people how to take action to help a friend or someone they see being cyberbullied.

Commission spokesperson on cyberbullying, Dr Helen Szoke, has congratulated the winners.

“These young people have shown a creativity, wisdom and sensitivity beyond their years in coming up with short two minute films that demonstrate the importance and the power of not just standing by but standing up to cyberbullying.

“The films are of exceptionally high quality, and are a powerful reminder of what young people can achieve when they are inspired by an issue,†Dr Szoke said.

But stay tuned to the BackMeUp facebook page as Campaign Ambassador Ruby Rose will be posting a special congratulatory video message to all winners tomorrow!

The BackMeUp winners come from urban, regional and remote areas of Australia and are:

17 year old Simeon Bain from Gisborne, Victoria for Enough
16 year old Grace Griffith from Bright, Victoria for Your ears and eyes aren’t painted on
15 year olds Casey Finn and Robert Hayes from Melbourne, Victoria for Cyber
16 year old Eloise Grover from Belair, South Australia for Bystander effect
15, 16 year olds Ethan Grahek, Ian Arguilles and Jim Hewett from Katherine in the Northern Territory for Cyberbullying is like being punched in the face
14 year old Paige Ford from Adelaide, South Australia, for Be there
16 year old Brianne Worth from Innisfail in Queensland for You can be the difference

Dr Szoke also congratulated all BackMeUp campaigners and encouraged them to take the BackMeUp message into their daily lives at home, school, on the bus or in the playground.

Check out the fabulous 100 plus videos that are the BackMeUp campaign at or

BackMeUp has been supported by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), National institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney Harbour YHA, UNICEF, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Headspace, Inspire Foundation, Bullying. No Way!, Scouts Australia, Girl Guides Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Lawstuff, Kids Helpline, Facebook Australia, Google, Telstra, Edith Cowan University’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre and Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

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