Our Judges say:
interesting vision of the climate crisis and the importance of nature through the eyes of a child.
Grubby American kids narrate a family adventure film and it's an absolutely marvellous piece of child-centred film making. Leeches confer a satisfying "ick" factor. Recommended.
Paul Hodgson Music Judge
Lake Superior and climate change through the eyes of the next generation.
24 Leeches is a camping story told by my son Josiah when he was 8 years old. The film takes place during a 10-day canoeing and camping trip to the Slate Islands of Ontario, Canada on Lake Superior. It was scripted from campfire conversations that we shared during this and other trips. In August 2019 I lost my sweet boy to a fungal brain infection contracted during treatment for leukemia. He was 10 years old. This project has now become a memorial to my best friend and adventure buddy, a very special kid that is missed dearly. I ache to know what he would have become.