A group of pupils from Timmergreens Primary School are set to walk the red carpet having been nominated for a national award at the 2017 Into Film Awards.
The budding filmmakers have been nominated for their film ‘Tim and Sky’s Adventure’, in the ‘Into Film: Into Space and Home supported by UK Space Agency (12 and under)’ category.
They are invited to attend a star-studded ceremony to be hosted by popular TV and radio presenter Edith Bowman at ODEON Leicester Square on Tuesday, March 14.
The Awards are hosted by film and education organisation Into Film, which is supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding and counts Eddie Redmayne and Naomie Harris among its Ambassadors.
The Awards pay tribute to outstanding 5-19 year-olds who have shown exceptional achievements in filmmaking or film reviewing, and to educators who have demonstrated inspirational use of film in the classroom at the annual awards.
Into Film: Into Space and Home supported by UK Space Agency is a new guest category for this year’s Into Film Awards.
Young filmmakers were encouraged to make short films inspired by Tim Peake’s space adventures and return to Earth.
It is the second part of a competition following on from the success of the filmmaking competition Into Film: Into Space in 2015, which saw British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake watch young people’s short films in space on board the ISS.
The young filmmakers aged 10 to 11 years from Timmergreens Primary are being recognised for their stop motion adventure film ‘Tim and Sky’s Adventure’, in which two friends accidentally launch their school’s experimental rocket and find themselves visiting a mysterious red planet in the far reaches of space.
The film was made as part of a SIMI Primary Project with filmmaker Andrew Low.
Jacqui Smith, Headteacher at Timmergreens Primary School said: “We are so excited and pleased to be nominated for this award. The pupils and Andrew Low worked hard on their animation and were very proud of the result. To be nominated for such a prestigious award in an honour and a first for us here at Timmergreens in Angus. We can’t wait to find out if we have been successful.”
Lauren Baird, Class Teacher at Timmergreens Primary School added: “In the planning stages, the children decided to use the theme of space as they were inspired by Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. During the process, the children worked in co-operative teams to plan and create the plot, setting, characters, scenery and the script. They thoroughly enjoyed using a range of technology to create their animation and were thrilled to see it all come together as a film. They should be very proud of their achievement.”
Designed to recognise, showcase and celebrate young people’s involvement in film and education, the Into Film Awards, now in its third year, will bring together film industry professionals and young people to shine a spotlight on the filmmaking or film-reviewing achievements of 5-19 year olds from across the UK, as part of school or youth groups and individuals.
The short films nominated explore a wide range of issues, often pertinent to their age group such as bullying, self-confidence, school and growing up, and this year entries are reflecting current topical themes including the refugee crisis and gender equality. The non-filmmaking categories – the film clubs of the year and teacher of the year - recognise creative use of film as an educational tool in school.
The Awards will be judged by a panel of industry leaders including: Sara Bennett (Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor, ‘Ex-Machina’), Stephen Mangan (actor, ‘Rush’), George Amponsah (director, ‘The Hard Stop’), Dionne Walker (producer, ‘The Hard Stop’), Andrea Gibb (screenwriter, ‘Swallows and Amazons’), Ed Skrein (actor, ‘Game of Thrones’), Andrew Steggall (director, ‘Departure’), Tahra Zafar (Animatronics Designer, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’), Jane Gull (director, ‘My Feral Heart’), Bola Agbaje (screenwriter, ‘Gone Too Far’) and Pete Burgis (Head Foley Artist, Pinewood Studios).
Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film said: “Each year we are very excited to come together at the Into Film Awards to celebrate young people’s achievements in filmmaking and reviewing, and their passion for film. It’s always inspiring to receive their entries, which reveal an incredible array of skills, creativity and imagination. Children and young people have wonderful and important stories to tell in film, which reflect the way they see the world and enable the audience to look through their eyes. Those stories can also touch on subjects close to their hearts and personal experience, as we have seen this year with nominated films highlighting themes and issues such as what it is like to be a child refugee living in the UK, coping with low self-esteem and the fight for equality.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide a platform to showcase and celebrate their work, and alongside this to recognise the skill, passion and commitment of teachers and film clubs that are enriching their young people’s learning and lives by engaging them with film.”