This year the Festival awarded not one prize but two!
Emmie and Lilly Thompson from Sunderland (pictured) were awarded the trophy for the Young Filmmakers Award for ages 14 and under, for their short animation Mitchell Goldfield, walking away with a £250 cash prize to go towards their next filmmaking project. Emmie Thompson said “I couldn't believe it when we were announced as the winners, I was stunned. It was a bit of a blur when we got up to receive the award as I was so overwhelmed". The girls’ parents, Mr & Mrs Thompson said “We are very proud of the girls and what they have achieved. They spent at lot of hours animating Mitchell Goldfield, and would like to make their next film less time consuming by buying some animation software with their £250 prize money. This will also help Emmie gain more experience animating as she would like to study Animation at University.”
Jacob Crow from County Durham was awarded the Chris Anderson award over 15s for best short film for Superdog, also picking up a cheque for £250. He said “I never anticipated winning this award so am overjoyed to have done so, it’s a real honour. Thank you!”
The awards were supported by the Simpson McCreath Trust.
Special mentions and commendations by the jury were also awarded:
Chris Anderson Category (15 -19 years)
Special Mention: Collection Day (for fluent command of cinematic language) by Lizzy Mansfield & Rosie Cochrane
Commendation: Space Academy 2053 by Jack Ass Youth Theatre & Jack Drum Arts
Under 14s Category
Special Mention: L >3 B (for the quality of the acting) by St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Primary School, East Lothian & Centre for Moving Image
Commendation: After Home Time, by Lowick First School
Presenting the awards were a stellar Jury: Catriona MacInness, Award-winning filmmaker, and producer of Jumpcut, a screen industry training initiative for young people in Glasgow, Peter Snowdon, Northumberland-born, Belgium-based documentary filmmaker, and the director of The Uprising in this year’s programme and Lizzie Nixon, Founder of Lamplight Film Club in Sunderland, and Coach and Programme Coordinator at Changemakers.
The event was presented by Ian McLaughlin, an actor, filmmaker and improvised comedian from The Suggestibles.
Val Tobiass, Learning and Participation Coordinator said “We were thrilled to see such a huge audience for the Young Filmmakers Showcase, bigger than ever before, and to know that so many young filmmakers relished in presenting their work to friends, family and a wider audience, on the big screen...”