The First Light Awards 2012

At the beginning of March, young film-makers from across the country gathered at BFI SOUTHBANK for the annual FIRST LIGHT AWARDS 2012

The glittering ceremony was attended by a mix of celebrities and film industry luminaries.

Junior film-makers had the chance to walk the red carpet at the most prestigious young filmmakers’ event of the year alongside some famous faces including
Dexter Fletcher, Will Poulter, Naomie Harris, Rafe Spall and Ralf Little.

See excerpts from the Awards on First Light’s YouTube channel

The following winners were announced:

Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Youtube
Winner: Witch, produced by Kristina Yee from Beaconsfield
Award presented by Ralf Little and Jodie Whittaker
Judge: Peter Barron

Best Animation sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Winner: The Stammurai, produced by young people from a speech therapy group in Swindon with the help of eviltwin artworks
Award presented by Jason Maza
Judges: Jason Maza, Frank Passingham, Ol Parker, John Saull

Best Documentary in association with The Grierson Trust

Winner: Homelessness, produced by WISH (Women in Supported Housing) from Manchester
Award presented by John Boyega and Naomie Harris
Judges: Gary Lewis, Emma Cooper, Emma Hindley, Jodie Whittaker, Danny Boyle

Best Film by under-11s, in association with BAFTA Kids Vote

Winner: Granny Mac’s Meringues, produced by Burntisland Primary School from Scotland
Award presented by Sam Claflin and Reece Ritchie
Judges: Jason Isaacs, MyAnna Buring, David Yates, Talulah Riley

Best Film by over 12s, sponsored by EON Productions
Winner: Death’s Apprentice, produced by students from Wymondham High School from Norfolk with the help of Creative Arts East
Award presented by Manjinder Virk and Laura Haddock
Judges: Manjinder Virk, Edgar Wright, Sam Mendes, John Crowley

Best FILMCLUB, sponsored by FILMCLUB

Winner: Cardinal Newman High School from Belshill, Scotland
Award presented by Dexter Fletcher and Will Poulter
Judges: Film Club

Audience Award 2012, in association with Pinewood

Winner: Beloved, produced by young people from Bath with the help of Suited and Booted Studios
Award presented by Steve John Shepherd
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Young Voice Award, sponsored by Smuggler

Winner: Silent Scream, produced by Integrate Bristol
Award presented by Rupert Friend
Judges: Sam Taylor Wood, Rebecca O’Brien, Danny Leigh

Best Drama, sponsored by Ingenous

Winner: Broken Sleep produced by youngsters from North Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services and Shooting Fish Theatre company
Judges: Roger Goldby, David Heyman, Tom Hooper

First Light helps young people from all backgrounds develop skills, talent, creativity and confidence by giving them opportunities to create their own short films with the help of industry professionals. The films the young people create cover many topics and genres, and make use of today’s accessible digital technologies to tell their stories with them in control. The roles of cast and crew would have been undertaken by various members of the young people in the group. Each would have had the opportunity to write, act, shoot, direct, light, edit, produce and screen their own film.

The young filmmakers come from across the UK and a wide variety of social backgrounds and experiences – including those with refugee status, young offenders and those from deprived areas – with each filmmaker imparting a unique aspect of themselves into their films.

Since launching in 2001, FIRST LIGHT has enabled over 40,000 budding creative professionals to write, act, shoot, light, direct, construct and produce over 1000 films and media projects. The productions cover a diverse range of topics and genres, and make use of accessible digital film and media technology. First Light is supported by the National Lottery, through the BFI and the awards ceremony was sponsored by Ingenious, EON Productions, YouTube, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Smuggler,
FILMCLUB, Special Treats Production Company and Independent.

Barbara Broccoli, First Light Chair remarked:

Filmmaking amongst young people across the UK has never been more popular. It is vitally important that young people from all backgrounds have a creative voice. The future of the British Film industry will benefit from the creative talents that have been nurtured by First Light and celebrated at the First Light Awards.”