JCCV awards prizes for videos on the LGBTI community

December 2, 2015 by David Marlow
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The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has awarded prizes this week to three young filmmakers for videos helping to communicate about issues affecting young Jews of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jennifer Huppert, President of the JCCV stated, “The JCCV LGBTI Youth Video Competition is a key part of the JCCV’s community engagement project aimed at ensuring greater inclusion of LGBTI members of the Jewish community within the community and community organisations.”

“I would like to congratulate Stephanie Lane, Mikaela Webb and Ankita Panjratan for their creativity, empathy and outstanding video creations that will help communicate important messages to the community.”

The first place in the Young Adult category was awarded to Stephanie Lane (age 24) who edited and produced the video where Dmitri-Coco/Jane (age 16) told their story:

Stephanie: “I’m from Perth. I’ve made films for ReachOut.com and QLife Australia. I enjoy making films about the LGBTI community because no two stories are the same, and I think it’s important for people to know the diversity and intersectionality that exists within the LGBTI community. I was particularly excited to enter the JCCV LGBTI video competition as I was able to share the story of an inspirational young person, and their positive experiences with Judaism and being a part of the LGBTI community, something that doesn’t get talked about enough.”

The first place in the Student category was awarded to Mikaela Webb, a Year 12 Media student at the King David School. Mikaela’s video:


Second place in the Student category was awarded to Ankita Panjratan, a Year 12 student.  Her video on the theme of Coming Out was played at the JCCV AGM:

Ankita: “I am a Hindu Indian Australian. I believe in the fact that someone should be judged on his or her character and not their religion, race or sexuality. If we as Australians, like the organizers of this competition, are more accepting we can create a world where people will be able to be their best selves. I believe Judaism, like any other community, is evolving alongside the broader society and I have nothing but respect and pride for a religious organisation that has enough love in them to hold a competition such as this. All religious organisations should open their hearts to members of the LGBTQIA community.”

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