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Now in their 11th successive year, First Light is proud to announce the nominees for the 2013 First Light Awards, which will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square on 19 March 2013. Known as the mini Oscars®, the ceremony is attended by a mix of film industry luminaries and celebrities who present the young people with awards across various categories, including Best Drama, Best Animation, Best Film by Under 12s, Best Film by Over 13s and FILMCLUB of the Year Award. The Awards is an uplifting celebration of young filmmakers from across the country which provides them with industry recognition and a platform to showcase their work.
Nominees hail from all over the UK, including Glasgow, Bradford, Sheffield, Nottingham, London, Liverpool and more, and their films explore a wide range of issues, such as bullying in school, mental health issues, young offenders revealing why they committed crimes, and a drug abuser getting back on track through music.
The young filmmakers come from a wide variety of social backgrounds and experiences – including those with learning difficulties, young offenders and those from deprived areas – with each filmmaker imparting a unique aspect of themselves into their films.
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.
Martin Freeman, Matt Smith, Oona Chaplin, Holliday Grainger, Freddie Fox, Claire Foy, Matt Stokoe, Jason Maza, Jamie Blackley, Alicia Vikander, James Norton, Gabriella Wilde, Dawn Porter, Tom Riley, Warren Brown, Jack O’Connell, Damien Molony, Jenna Louise Coleman, Jonathan Bailey and Ralf Little