The First Light Awards 2013

Now in its 11th successive year, First Light presented the 2013 First Light Awards at ODEON, Leicester Square – it was an inspirational celebration of the next generation of British filmmakers.

On 19 March 2013, celebrity supporters and talented young people from around the UK made their way to London to celebrate their filmmaking successes at the most prestigious young filmmakers’ event of the year.

This year’s films explore a wide range of issues, such as substance abuse, racial integration and the choices made that lead to offending, the story of young people in care, and the poignant stories of young people with special needs, to the concerns young people have when moving to Secondary School and the story of a young girl that is diagnosed with mental health issues.

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 if themselves into their films.