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15 March 2016



14 UK schools and young filmmakers recognised by leading film talent including Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg and Ed Skrein at ceremonyInto Film today announced the recipients of its 2nd annual Into Film Awards, which pay tribute to outstanding 5 – 19 year olds from across the UK who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking and film reviewing. The education organisation, supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, honoured the young filmmakers during a formal red carpet ceremony this afternoon at Odeon Leicester Square.

Schools, youth organisations and students from all over the UK applied for consideration in the Awards, with nominations exploring a wide range of issues including learning to understand politics, the environment, homelessness, regeneration, fair trade, living with disability, pushing boundaries and exploration. The non-filmmaking categories - the film clubs of the year, reviewers of the year and teacher of the year - recognised creative use of film as an educational tool in school. Winners hail from across the UK, with young people from Wales, Cornwall, Cheshire, North Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire, Scotland, London and Dorset being recognised for their achievements, encouraging them towards the development of their learning and future film careers. And adding to its blockbuster year, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS walked away with First News’ Best Family Film of the Year Award, as voted for by young people. 




14 coveted gongs were awarded this year, selected by a panel of industry leaders including Into Film Ambassadors Michael Sheen (FROST/NIXON) and Naomie Harris (SPECTRE), alongside Peter Lord (Aardman Animations), Christine Langan (Head of BBC Films) and director Tom Hooper (THE DANISH GIRL). Michael Sheen was joined by fellow film industry talent including Simon Pegg (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROUGE NATION), Ed Skrein (DEADPOOL), Amma Asante (BELLE), Stephen Mangan (RUSH), David Gyasi (INTERSTELLAR), Sara Bennett (EX-MACHINA) to present the awards. 

Michael Sheen commented "It's been a real pleasure to be one of this year's judges for the Into Film Awards. The films are of such high quality and it's really exciting to see young people with so much talent receiving such fantastic support in their creative efforts. Everyone wins. A real success story all round."




Barbara Broccoli OBE, Into Film Board Member, said “Creating films takes real passion, commitment and drive and I’m delighted the Into Film Awards acknowledge the hard work that these young people, the next generation of filmmakers, have put in over this last year. Apart from being great fun, this day also offers nominees the chance to see their films on one of the biggest screens in the UK, the Odeon Leicester Square, as well as meeting established actors, directors and producers; for some, it is the first time they’ve visited the capital. It’s also our chance to thank the teachers who run our film clubs and use film in the classroom. Into Film places film at the heart of learning, reaching a million young people each year through clubs, online content, filmmaking and training to support classroom teaching.”




Naomie Harris added “I was thrilled to be part of the judging panel for this year’s Into Film Awards. Making films is never easy, but these nominees show that it can be done with little or no budget and a lot of heart. What has impressed me most is the enthusiastic and expressive approach these young filmmakers took – with original ideas, captivating performances, engaging narrative, creative costume design, atmospheric music – these short films had it all. It’s wonderful that the Into Film Awards offer young people a platform to showcase their work and acknowledge the filmmakers of tomorrow. It’s a strong starting point for anyone wishing to forge a career in film.”

Into Film aims to put film at the heart of young people's education, contributing to their cultural, creative, academic and personal development. Working with the education sector, film industry and arts and cultural organisations, Into Film is available to every school, college and youth group across the UK and gives children and young people the chance to experience film creatively and critically, as well as learn about the film industry and careers within it. Its film clubs and annual Into Film Festival provide numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film, including access to a diverse catalogue of films, special events and activities, and resources which seek to ignite and cultivate the interest of all young people regardless of their background or ability. Training, CPD and resources are provided to give teachers and youth leaders the tools to support engagement at all levels and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.




The full 2016 Into Film Awards winners list is below:

Best Live Action by 12s and Under
BOOF - Mossend Primary School & The Learning Centre, Bellshill

Best Live Action by 13s and Over sponsored by Universal Pictures
AFTERLIFE - The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield

Into Film Club of the Year: 12s and Under
Stratton Primary School, Bude, Cornwall

Into Film Club of the Year: 13s and Over sponsored by SONY Pictures
Warrington Youth Club, Warrington

Best Animation by 12s and Under
POLITICAL ANIMALS - Cyfarthfa Park Primary School, First Campus and Winding Snake, Cardiff, Wales

Best Animation by 13s and Over
FLOW - Rhymney Comprehensive School, Cardiff

Best Documentary by 12s and Under
HEAR ME ROAR - Axholme Academy & Cut Ltd, Scunthorpe

Best Documentary by 13s and Over
THE WOODEN HOUSE - Arts University Bournemouth

Into Film Teacher of the Year in association with Guardian Teacher Network
Simon Pile, Anson Primary School, Brent, London

Ones to Watch sponsored by EON Productions
Jess O’Brien, (age 14) from Leicester
Sean McInally, (age 17) from Glasgow
Joe Blandamer, (age 15) from Dorset

Review of the Year sponsored by IMDb
Rhys, aged 12 from Glamorgan Wales, for their review of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Best Family Film of the Year in association with First News

For full details about the Into Film Awards visit:

For further information about Into Film, how to start a film club and free access to education resources visit:




About Into Film
Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and personal development. Our ambitious UK-wide programme provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to experience film and the moving image creatively and critically, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it. To achieve this Into Film is;

• 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, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK

Registered charity number 1154030 

Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

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.

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