Last night Lincoln born film actor Jim Broadbent, of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Moulin Rouge! and Iris fame (to name but a few!) proudly presented this year’s LAFTA awards to children from around the county, including notable young film makers from Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.
St Andrews Primary school (Woodhall Spa) scooped the pool with two awards – Best Non Fiction, years 3 & 4, and Best Fiction for “Sats” a true story produced by years 5 & 6. Students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle won the production award. The Awards were presented at Engine Shed in Lincoln on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.
The LAFTAs Film Awards showcases and celebrates the work of pupils in Lincolnshire who have been involved in the art of film making in school. This year there were more short film and animations than ever before, including for the first time submissions from overseas. The quality of the work produced by the pupils has continued to impress LAFTAs Patron Jim Broadbent, who spoke briefly on camera at last year’s event:
Now in its 8th year this prestigious event continues its partnership with Warner Bros UK, The BFI and Disney. Last night’s winners each took home a unique trophy designed and manufactured by the pupils of Birchwood Junior School, Lincoln with the help of internationally renowned sculptor Roger Lee.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services said, “This event is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate so many of our talented young film makers here in Lincolnshire. The success of these awards shows how dedicated and committed we are to supporting the development of creative skills in our young people.”
The LAFTAs Film Awards Ceremony is supported by several sponsors who contribute equipment to winning schools to support film making and engagement with creative media arts in our schools. During the summer, a team of professionals drawn from the film industry and education worked hard to shortlist the films to be celebrated at the event.