Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Young Film Makers Gather For Awards

Young film makers will be treading the red carpet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange this week for the sixth annual Cambridgeshire Young People's Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

Over 1,000 youngsters, together with their parents, teachers and guests will be gathering for the celebratory event on Thursday (11 July).

Teams of young screenwriters, directors, actors and editors from schools and after school clubs have this year created over 126 original animations and short films. Children and young people aged from 5 to 18 have competed for the awards, in a range of categories.

Sponsors include ARM, Virgin Media Business, Meru Networks, Luminus Group, eSchools, Mick George Limited, Hedley Solutions and DCP Publishing. The event is supported by the Cambridgeshire Culture Initiative and Cambridgeshire County Council. . The films have been judged by a panel of experts including James Blatch (Film, Video and Video Games Examiner with the British Board of Film Classification) and Laurence Vulliamy (Television Producer and Director). Awards will be presented in an Oscar-style ceremony with the Best of Festival revealed towards the end.

Master of Ceremonies will be Martin Templest of Image Productions, an award-winning film company, who have worked with over 5,000 children attending Movie Makers workshops. Martin is an actor, film director, writer and editor.

A short film celebrating the work of young film makers in Cambridgeshire has been made in collaboration with Virgin Media Business and will be shown at the event. The film focuses on one of last year’s winners, pupils from Westfield Junior School in St Ives.