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To mark Brain Awareness Week (14-20 March 2016) the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) has launched a Short Film Award to raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury.

“We want to see a short, innovative, informative and ‘must-see’ film that best narrates the impact of Acquired Brain Injury” said Professor Michael Barnes, UKABIF Chair.  The UKABIF Short Film Award will acknowledge, recognise and reward a film that can inspire and educate all target audiences about brain injury and its impact.

All forms of Acquired Brain Injury can be considered i.e. any injury to the brain which has occurred following birth e.g. Traumatic Brain Injuries such as those caused by trauma (e.g. a blow to the head from a road traffic accident, fall or assault), and non-TBIs related to illness or medical conditions (e.g. encephalitis, meningitis, stroke, substance abuse, brain tumour and hypoxia).

The film must be a maximum of five minutes duration.  Entries for the UKABIF Short Film Award can come from all those in the rehabilitation multidisciplinary team, doctors in primary and secondary care, case managers, personal injury lawyers, social care workers, voluntary organisations, care providers as well as individuals with a brain injury, their families or carers, students and the general public.  The Award is open to UKABIF members and non-members in the UK.

The deadline for entries is 30 September 2016.  The winning entry, as selected by the judging panel, will be uploaded on UKABIF’s YouTube page and will receive £750 plus a trophy and the runner-up will receive £250.  For further information and details on how to enter please visit: www.ukabif.org.uk/filmaward/

The UKABIF Short Film Award is sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.