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Education Charity Into Film announces Inaugural Award Winners

24 March 2015

14 schools and individuals recognised by leading film talent including Naomie Harris, Jeremy Irvine, Jamie Blackley and Sophie Thompson at red carpet event

Into Film, a leading education charity dedicated to putting film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, has today announced the recipients of its inaugural Into Film Awards, paying tribute to outstanding 5-19 year olds that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking or film reviewing. The charity, who is supported by the BFI through Lottery funding and Cinema First, honoured awardees during a formal ceremony at Empire Leicester Square.

Schools, organisations and individuals (including Into Film’s membership of over 11,000+ school and colleges, which reaches a million young people each year) applied for consideration, with the successful entrants receiving a coveted award, encouraging them towards the development of their learning and future film careers. 14 awards were made this year, with an experienced industry panel including Sir Alan Parker (EVITA), David Yates (HARRY POTTER), Manjinder Virk (CALL THE MIDWIFE) and Peter Kosminsky (WOLF HALL) finalising the list of recipients.

Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film commented “We’d like to offer a big congratulations to each and every one of today’s winners once again. The levels of passion, thought, and ingenuity on show throughout the process was truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see where their talent leads. The future of film appears to be in very safe hands indeed, and - who knows - this award could be the first of many for these young stars.”



Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, said “It's clear from the amazing talent being celebrated here today that the future of the British film industry is sure to be a bright and exciting one. I congratulate all the entrants and winners, and commend Into Film for all it's doing to put film at the heart of young people’s education and inspiring the filmmakers and reviewers of tomorrow.”

Into Film is a charity that uses film as a tool in the contribution to young people’s educational, cultural, creative and personal development. It’s ‘film clubs’ are available free to all state funded schools and colleges and provide numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film, including access to a diverse catalogue of over 4,000 films, dynamic curriculum linked and enrichment resources, guidance for filmmaking and film reviewing, one-to-one club support and training and CPD for teachers. Into Film, supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, together with funding from Cinema First and a number of other sources, incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.

A full list of this year’s winners can be found below:

Best Film by 13s and Over sponsored by London Film Museum
Fall – Cornerhouse BFI Film Academy 2 Group

Best Film by 12s and Under sponsored by Universal Pictures
Blindside – Keith Allot, Pauline Quirke Academy

Into Film Club of the Year: 12s and Under sponsored by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Anson Primary School

Into Film Club of the Year: 13s and Over sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Ashfield Girls School

Best Documentary sponsored by The Special Treats Production Company
First Days – Film City Production Agency Ltd

The Golden Morph Best Animation by 12s and Under in association with Aardman Animations
Monkey & Wombat – Thurstonland School

Best Animation by Over 13s
The Boy Who Stayed In – Westfield Arts College

Ones to Watch sponsored by Eon Productions
Hope Kemp
Ellesha Ballard
Kieran Howe
Luis Hindman
Sam Hartshorn

Most Inspirational Use of Film in the Classroom nominees
Claire Dunsire

Review of the Year
Mairi,  St. Ninians High School

Children’s Film of the Year (2014) in association with First News

About Into Film
Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
• Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
• Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
• Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI (British Film Institute) together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

The Into Film Awards builds on the success of the National Youth Film Festival Awards. Renamed the Into Film Awards, the Awards are a celebration of young filmmakers providing industry recognition and a platform to showcase their work.

Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
Registered charity number 1154030
Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

About Cinema First
Cinema First is a cross-industry group representing cinema exhibition and distribution, charged with promoting and protecting the cinema-going experience. Responsible for the allocation of funds generated by the Orange Wednesdays promotion, Cinema First has supported initiatives to improve children’s education about and understanding of film and cinema as well as raising public awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property and copyright protection. Representing the whole industry, Cinema First is now a significant benefactor of Into Film through cash and in-kind commitments.

The Board of Cinema First comprises senior executives from Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase Cinemas, the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA), Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony, StudioCanal and the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA).

About the BFI
The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing £26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
• Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

The BFI is now a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

• As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
• By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
• By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.