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Final cut: last days for 'Looking for Mary' entries


Looking For Mary News Story
With only a few days of the competition left, young people everywhere are working feverishly to complete their 'Looking for Mary' video competition entries before the final cut-off on 20 September 2010.

A panel of expert judges will then convene to choose a winner for the national Mary MacKillop video competition from the top ten entries voted by the Australian public.

The judging panel is made up of people from the film industry, celebrities, multimedia experts, young people from film, stage and screen and Church representatives.

Panel members include Alan Jones, acclaimed talkback presenter and host of Sydney's most popular breakfast radio program, on radio station 2GB; Angela Bishop, Network Ten’s Entertainment Reporter; Claire McCarthy, young film producer and director of the recently released film The Waiting City; Indigenous author, poet and social commentator Anita Heiss (latest book Manhattan Dreaming); young actor Tim Pocock who appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Fr Richard Leonard SJ, film critic, author and Director of the Australian Catholic Film Office; Sr Pat Malone of the Sisters of St Joseph; Gary Pinto, musician and composer of the official Mary MacKillop Canonisation song; and Gerry Turcott, Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University, official sponsors of the competition.

The theme of the competition has been designed to help young people engage with the reality of the Canonisation and discover the significance of Mary’s life for them in a modern context.

An attractive first prize of $5,000 is generating interest amongst youth in schools, universities, parishes and other organisations across the country who are taking up the challenge to pick up their cameras and iPhones and go out on to the street to express what the spirit of Mary MacKillop looks like in the 21st Century. The winning entry will also be shown during the Canonisation celebrations in Rome in October.

The competition is open to all young people from the age of 16-35. The Sisters of St Joseph are expecting a high standard of entries from a wide variety of creative participants.

Winners will be announced at a special presentation at Notre Dame University in Sydney on 1 October.

For more information about the competition go to


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