Into Film Awards 2017 announced – call for entries now open

The Into Film Awards are back for 2017 as Into Film sets out to find the best young filmmakers, reviewers, film clubs and teachers of the past twelve months – this year with the support of education partner NATE.

This year’s Into Film Awards ceremony will once again take place at London’s ODEON Leicester Square on 14 March 2017.  Designed to recognise, showcase and celebrate young people’s involvement in film and education, the star-studded, red-carpet event will bring together film industry professionals and young people to shine a spotlight on the filmmaking achievements of 5-19 year olds from across the UK, as well as recognising teachers’ use of film in the classroom, young film reviewers, and exceptional film clubs in primary and secondary schools.

There are 16 awards to be won in 13 categories, including eight filmmaking sub-categories in live action, documentary and animation, alongside Reviews of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Film Clubs of the Year.  A new guest category for 2017 in association with the UK Space Agency – Into Film: Into Space & Home, invites young people to make short films inspired by Tim Peake’s space adventures and return to Earth.

Schools, organisations and individuals can enter and the deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.  For information on how to enter, and to access filmmaking tips and resources, visit: http://www.intofilm.org/awards

Simon Pile, Into Film Teacher of the Year 2016 said:

“I’m thrilled to have won this award. Film is giving the children at Anson aspiration, showing them what is possible and getting them to see life beyond Cricklewood.  Film, as a tool to support the curriculum and inspire children, is one of the reasons the children are in the top 5% of schools in the country for progress in reading and achieving close to the national averages in writing year after year.

Into Film is enabling us to give real power to children, to enable them to experience not just the idea of becoming a film actor, or director; but really thinking what goes on behind the film, or what goes into a film, so that they can use their skill set creatively to better themselves.”

Barbara Broccoli OBE (BOND), Into Film Board Member, said:

“Creating films takes real passion, commitment and drive and I’m delighted the Into Film Awards acknowledge the hard work that these young people, the next generation of filmmakers, have put in over this last year.  Apart from being great fun, this day also offers nominees the chance to see their films on one of the biggest screens in the UK, the Odeon Leicester Square, as well as meeting established actors, directors and producers. It’s also our chance to thank the teachers who run our film clubs and use film in the classroom. Into Film places film at the heart of learning, reaching a million young people each year through clubs, online content, filmmaking and training to support classroom teaching.”

Into Film, an education organisation supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, aims to put film at the heart of young people’s education, contributing to their cultural, creative, academic and personal development.  Working with the education sector, film industry and arts and cultural organisations, Into Film is available to every school, college and youth group across the UK and gives children and young people the chance to experience film creatively and critically, as well as learn about the film industry and careers within it.  Training, CPD and resources are provided to give teachers and youth leaders the tools to support engagement at all levels and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.

For full details about the Into Film Awards visit: www.intofilm.org/awards

For further information about Into Film, to start a free film club, sign up for free training or access resources visit: www.intofilm.org

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