Year 12 Media students set off to London for the Into Film Awards, a star-studded event in the Leicester Square Odeon Cinema…

High stakes

On 15 March, Harry Wheelwright, Chloe Oakes, Oliver Ford, Katie Wall and the cast of their short Film 'RESET' attended the Into Film Awards, an annual event that draws young film-makers from across the nation to the heart of London. 

With 8 film awards and 24 nominees, the stakes were high. 


High profile

The event was hosted by enthusiastic Rude Tube presenter Alex Zane, and many celebrities presented awards. Talent of all ages, ranging from primary schools to universities, collected their hard-earned awards from the likes of Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and BAFTA award-winning Michael Sheen OBE (The Queen). The crowd even had the Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Sara Bennett to entertain them. With such a high-profile gathering of actors, writers and producers, students found the event very inspiring.


And finally…

Zane announced the final award for 'Best Live Action Film (13 and over)' would be presented by none other than the Hollywood legend Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). The crowd applauded, then quickly fell silent. Tension built as the nominees were read out: Brighton and Hove Sixth Form and College, Valley Park School and The National Film and Television School. As clips of the films were shown, the audience trembled with anticipation. 


…The Winners

And the winners were…  The National Film and Television School! The Valley Park representatives couldn’t help but let out a sigh of disappointment. They had known from the start that the chances were slim, but they all agreed that it was an honour to be up against such professional competition. 


Planet Hollywood

The show finished, the presenters signed off and the audience wandered to the famous 'Planet Hollywood' restaurant for the after-party, where there were opportunities to meet the winners and some of the industry professionals that had attended the event. Food and drinks were served as guests excitedly mingled with the various stars that were present. 


Glitz and glam

‘Although we didn’t win it was fantastic to be nominated,’ said year 12 student, Chloe Oakes, ‘ and it was an amazing day full of glitz and glam.’ 

‘Winning would have been a bonus,’ confirmed year 12 student, Matthew Wright, ‘but it was already a massive honour to be involved with one of the three best live action short films in the country!’


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