The search is now on for Northern Ireland’s talented young filmmakers of the future.
Schools and film clubs across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to get creative and submit entries for the prestigious Into Film Awards 2020.
Marking its sixth exciting year, the Into Film Awards set out to find the most talented filmmakers, film reviewers, Into Film Clubs and educators throughout the UK.
Last year, two young people from Northern Ireland won awards at a star-studded ceremony in London.
Sean Kelly from Into Film NI said: “We are encouraging children and young people aged 5-19 from all backgrounds, with all abilities, to get involved. We have a tremendous film industry in Northern Ireland and it’s important to recognizing our stars of the future. Film is hugely beneficial educational tools and we want to honour those who create their own films, write reviews and work together as a film club.”
This year’s red-carpet event was hosted by popular CBBC presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and the stars handing out the Awards included Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts, The Theory of Everything), Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Baby Driver), David Walliams (Little Britain), Andy Serkis (Lords of the Rings, Black Panther), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean), Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, Mary Queen of Scots), Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, Downton Abbey) and Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast) to name a few.
Eddie Redmayne said: “I’ve been an ambassador for Into Film for a few years now, and I’ve always loved what Into Film does. Getting to come here to the Awards…the enthusiasm, the hard work, the tenacity has been very inspiring. I feel like inspiring is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but some of the films I’ve seen here, and some of the people – both the students and the teachers… it’s sent me off with a skip in my step. It’s been brilliant.
The annual Into Film Awards are supported by the UK film industry and by the BFI through National Lottery funding. The next Into Film Awards will take place in March 2020. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 6, 2019 with every valid submission being entered into a competition to win £1,000 worth of filmmaking equipment for young filmmakers, film clubs and schools.
For further information go to intofilm.org/awards