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Into Film Awards noms announced ahead of June 28 ceremony

May 4, 2022

After an hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, education charity, Into Film, has announced this year’s Into Film Awards nominees ahead of the ceremony on June 28th.

This year’s film nominations are stronger than ever, showcasing an impressive range of unique stories and filmmaking talent that evidence the unprecedented challenges young people have been through over the past two years. The wide range of themes and topics covered include the impact of lockdown on mental health, the intersection of race and beauty standards in the UK, Ukrainian cultural identity, climate change and environmental protection, managing OCD, anti-bullying, the importance of kindness and the anniversary of integrated education being introduced in Northern Ireland.

The Into Film Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the creativity and achievements of children and young people from all backgrounds across the UK, and they specifically support the invaluable role that film can play in education. Young people have been entering short films – made at their schools, colleges, Into Film Clubs or youth groups – for the annual event, and the best film reviewers, Into Film Clubs and educators will also be honoured. Now in its sixth year, the Into Film Awards is the UK’s largest celebration of young people’s creativity and is due to take place at the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square on June 28th where an esteemed group of film stars will be on hand to present Awards to the winners.

The 2022 Into Film Awards nominees are:

Changes for a Better World: This new category asks young people to consider the environmental crisis, and to look ahead to the future and imagine the changes they want to see and create, whether big or small, personal or society wide.

  • ‘Change Direction’ – Made by Greta and Nick from Portobello High School – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • ‘Dear Future Generations’ – Made by a group of 16-18-year-olds from MediaActive – Shropshire, England
  • ‘Paper Problem’ – Made by the year 6 film club at Newton Longville Film Club – Buckinghamshire, England

Best Animation – 11 and Under:

  • ‘The Lonely Polar Bear’ – Made by Screen Education Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • ‘The Rocket’ – Made by young filmmaker Ben – London, England
  • ‘Recycle Now’ – Made by Eco Warriors from Queensbridge Primary School – London, England

Best Animation – 12 and Over:

  • ‘Mia’ – Made by young filmmaker Zoe – Aberdeen, Scotland
  • ‘Aggressive’ – Made by one pupil at Countesthorpe Academy – Leicester, England
  • ‘Samosa in Space’ – Made by Rainbow Collective Film Club – London, England

Best Film – 11 and Under:

  • ‘What Would You Do’ – Made by Amy, Freya, Liam and Brandon from Williamsburgh Primary – Paisley, Scotland
  • ‘Integrated Education Month’ – Made by a class of 30 at Cranmore Integrated Primary – Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • ‘The Year the World Changed’ – Made by Lucia, Olivia, Yvie, Olivier, Maisie, Sophie, and Bella from Bessacarr Primary School – Doncaster, England

Best Film – 12-15:

  • ‘Food Fight’ – Made by a group of 24 pupils at Pauline Quirk Academy – Essex, England
  • ‘Shades of Beauty’ – Made by Mia, Serena, Miyoko and Kieran from Skills 4 All Ltd – Oldham, England
  • ‘To My Future Self’ – Made by young filmmaker Charlie – Leeds, England

Best Film – 16-19:

  • ‘Sick Day’ – Made by young filmmaker Charlie – Hertfordshire, England
  • ‘A Piece of Self’ – Made by young filmmaker Yeva – London, England
  • ‘Driven to Despair’ – Made by young filmmaker Freya – Coventry, England

Ones to Watch – in partnership with BFI Film Academy.

Three phenomenal young people who have already achieved an incredible amount in the world of film have been nominated as we believe they have the potential to do greater things in the industry. Each will receive industry mentoring and the overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000.

  • Eden (17) – Crickhowell, Wales
  • Nathan Hall (19) – Preston, England
  • Louise (17) – Falkirk, Scotland

Into Film Club of the Year:

  • Beechlawn Sixth Form Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Hillside High SchoolEast Ayrshire, Scotland
  • EGLAM (Eden Girls Leadership Academy) – Manchester, England

Teacher of the Year:

  • Michele McAlonan – Cliftonville Integrated Primary School – Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jemma Evans – Penybont Primary SchoolBridgend, Wales
  • Ashley Williams – Newton Longville CofE Primary – Buckinghamshire, England

Review of the Year:

  • Ella (15) – Chichester, England
  • Angeline (10) – Devon, England
  • Joe (17) – Kirklees, England

The Into Film Awards are organised by education charity, Into Film, made possible with support from the film industry through sponsorship and supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding, thanks to National Lottery players, and the UK film industry through Cinema First. The National Lottery raises £36 million each week for good causes across the UK.

Celebrity supporters include Eddie Redmayne, Lily James, Amma Asante, Luke Evans, Michael Sheen, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, Will Poulter, Tom Davis, Malachi Kirby, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Bill Nighy, Gwendoline Christie, to name a few

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