“It has been humbling to be part of a collaboration working on both this research project and the film itself.
“The young people involved in co-creating the film have been so generous - both through the time they have spent being involved in designing the film, and through the sharing of their often-difficult stories.
“The film is being extremely well received and we’re just so pleased that people seem to getting as much from watching it as we did from being involved in co-creating this.”
Research led by the collaboration highlighted that young people living in care felt teachers and other professionals needed more information and training on their experiences.
The creation of the animated film was driven by an ambition to enhance this knowledge.
‘Just Like Our Lives’ will now feature in the finals of the World Health Organisation’s Health for All Film Festival on May 12, with the Director General announcing the winners live on their YouTube channel from 4.30pm.
It is in the running in the animated film category, alongside a total shortlist of 15 entries.
Organisers of the film festival said: “The Health for All Film Festival aims to put storytelling power in the hands of film-makers, and seeks to showcase the role of individuals and communities as champions for health and well-being.
“Film has a unique ability to make us feel, laugh, cry and think - to influence how we behave and the decisions we make.
“Filmmakers have the potential to influence health and catalyse change.”
‘Just Like Our Lives’ has also been shortlisted for four other international film festivals - Positively Different Short Film Festival; Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival; Scout Film Festival and Life-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2020.
You can watch the animated film here.