Youngsters from across the UK today gathered at the BFI on London’s Southbank for the 2012 First Light Awards ceremony. Junior film-makers had the chance to walk the red carpet at the most prestigious young filmmakers’ event of the year alongside some famous faces including Dexter Fletcher, Will Poulter, Naomie Harris, Rafe Spall and Ralf Little.
The following winners were announced this afternoon:
Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Youtube - Winner: Witch, produced by Kristina Yee from Beaconsfield
Best Animation sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment - Winner: The Stammurai, produced by young people from a speech therapy group in Swindon with the help of eviltwin artworks
Best Documentary in association with The Grierson Trust - Winner: Homelessness, produced by WISH (Women in Supported Housing) from Manchester
Best Film by under-11s, in association with BAFTA Kids Vote - Winner: Granny Mac’s Meringues, produced by Burntisland Primary School from Scotland
Best Film by over 12s, sponsored by EON Productions - Winner: Death’s Apprentice, produced by students from Wymondham High School from Norfolk with the help of Creative Arts East
Best FILMCLUB, sponsored by FilmClub - Winner: Cardinal Newman High School from Belshill, Scotland
Audience Award 2012, in association with Pinewood - Winner: Beloved, produced by young people from Bath with the help of Suited and Booted Studios
Young Voice Award, sponsored by Smuggler - Winner: Silent Scream, produced by Integrate Bristol
Best Drama, sponsored by Ingenous - Winner: Broken Sleep produced by youngsters from North Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services and Shooting Fish Theatre company
First Light helps young people from all backgrounds develop skills, talent, creativity and confidence by giving them opportunities to create their own short films with the help of industry professionals. The films the young people create cover many topics and genres, and make use of today’s accessible digital technologies to tell their stories with them in control. The roles of cast and crew would have been undertaken by various members of the young people in the group. Each would have had the opportunity to write, act, shoot, direct, light, edit, produce and screen their own film.
The young filmmakers come from across the UK and a wide variety of social backgrounds and experiences – including those with refugee status, young offenders and those from deprived areas – with each filmmaker imparting a unique aspect of themselves into their films.
Barbara Broccoli, First Light Chair, remarked: ‘Filmmaking amongst young people across the UK has never been more popular. It is vitally important that young people from all backgrounds have a creative voice. The future of the British Film industry will benefit from the creative talents that have been nurtured by First Light and celebrated at the First Light Awards.’