Young filmmakers celebrated at Peterborough Children's Film Awards

Young filmmakers will gather at KingsGate Conference Centre for their very own moment in the spotlight at the 11th annual Peterborough Children's Film Awards on Tuesday 28 June 2016.

More than 50 entries from 14 schools have been submitted with pupils teaming up to produce three-minute clips.

This year entrants have been given free rein on their subject area within the broad themes of musical theatre, bullying awareness and 'what you are doing in the classroom'.

The films are being judged in age group categories - early years, years 1 and 2, years 3 and 4, years 5 and 6 - with awards for the best entries in each category and additional awards for best soundtrack, a special bullying awareness award and the Warwick Davis award which will be given to the best overall film. 

Sponsored by Peterborough City Council, the awards are supported by the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board. The judging panel is made up of representatives from the BBC, British Film Society, the city council and the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.

Russell Waite, chair of the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board, said: "We're thrilled to be part of this year's Children's Film Awards. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about the film making process but also to get them talking and thinking about issues such as bullying that many of them will, sadly, have some experience of. 

"Bullying and cyber-bullying loom very large in many young people's lives. It's important we support children from an early age so they can get help if they do find themselves a victim. It will be interesting to see how the pupils themselves have tackled this in their films." 

The bullying awareness category will be judged by representatives from the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board with the winning entry to be used during training and as part of city-wide anti-bullying campaigns and on YouTube. All the entries will also be placed on the safeguarding children board's website.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "I have the privilege of judging the years 3 and 4 category and I have been really impressed by the standard of films the children have put together and the range of subject areas they have chosen to cover.

"Making films encourages children to talk, write and explore their imaginations and put their ideas down on paper so they can make them a reality. The awards ceremony is a fantastic event and is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of the young people and reward their efforts.”

All guests are encouraged to dress to impress and help make it a night to remember for the children.

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