Announcing the 2019 Into Film Awards Nominees

23 Jan 2019 in Into Film Awards

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From outside the BFI at the Into FIlm Awards 2018
From outside the BFI at the Into FIlm Awards 2018

We're absolutely delighted to bring you our incredible crop of nominees for the 2019 Into Film Awards! Since entries opened back in June 2018, young people aged 5-19 from across the UK have sent us a deluge of filmmaking submissions, showcasing the impressive range of UK filmmaking talent and evidencing young people's growing awareness and concern for the world around them with films covering topics such as food banks, anti-bullying, and internet safety.

Fantastic Into Film Clubs, outstanding educators and inspiring young talent will also be honoured, and as ever, the quality of submissions we received - be they short films or testimony of those achieving incredible things in the world of film and/or film education - has been nothing short of astounding. Bravo to all those who entered.

It wasn't easy, but after a long, hard judging process, the hundreds of entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of outstanding nominees. The winners will be revealed at our star-studded Into Film Awards ceremony, which will take place on Monday 4 March 2019 at London's stunningly refurbished and world-famous ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, and will be hosted by TV presenter Radzi.

Without further ado, the 2019 Into Film Awards nominees are...

Click the film titles below to watch the nominated films.

Into Film Club of the Year: Primary

  • Blue Bell Hill Primary School - Nottingham, England
  • The Hollies School - Cardiff, Wales
  • Bessacar Primary School - Doncaster, England

Into Film Club of the Year: Secondary

  • Bucksburn Academy - Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Sawston Village College  - Cambridge, England
  • Rowlands - Selkirk, Scotland

Teacher of the Year

  • Kerry Abercrombie - Larbert High School, Falkirk, Scotland
  • Sarah Downing - Stratford-upon-Avon College, Warwickshire, England
  • Rhys Roberts - Llanharan Primary School, Llanharan, Wales

Into Film Club Member of the Year

  • Rebecca - Bessacar Primary School, Doncaster, England
  • Euan - Bucksburn Academy, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Frankie - Bridge Integrated Primary School, Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Ones to Watch

  • Oisin-Tomas O Raghallaigh - County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Ruda Santos - London, England
  • Emilija Morrison - Fife, Scotland

Film Reviewer of the Year

  • Archie - Home Educated - Gloucestershire
  • Frankie - Bridge Integrated Primary School - Banbridge, Northern Ireland
  • Katie - Stratford-upon-Avon College - Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Best Film: 11 and Under

  • Anti-Bullying - Made by Hornsea Community Primary School - Yorkshire, England
  • The Time Trike - Made by Bridge Integrated Primary School - Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Note: the judges were at such a deadlock when shortlisting that a decision was made to nominate four films in this category.

Best Film: 12 - 15

  • Don't Kill Derek - Made by Cameron, Lavinia, Matilda, Jack, Rylie and Mackenzie - Newport Pagnell, England
  • Layla - Made by a group of 13 young people with support from Badshoes Film - Leicester, England

Best Film: 16 - 19

  • My Friend Frank - Made by 13 young people with support from Badshoes Film - Leicester, England
  • FreeStyle - Made by 18 young people with the BFI Academy at HOME - Manchester, England
  • Unlikely Heroes - Made by 21 young people with the BFI Academy at MediaActive Projects - Shropshire, England

Best Documentary

Best Animation

  • The Spindles - Made by Rosie from Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School - Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Twang - Made by Joe Blandamer - Devon, England

ICAP Charity Day Award

This special new Award follows on from our Moving Minds Filmmaking Project, which saw young filmmakers produce a series of films about mental health and wellbeing. This project was funded by money raised when Into Film were fortunate enough to be selected to take part in ICAP Charity Day in 2017. From a total of 19 brilliant films, the three below were nominated for an Into Film Award.

Watch the nominated films...

Anti-Bullying - Hornsea Community Primary School, Yorkshire, England

A fable about anti-bullying set in a school where children wear their feelings (in emoji form!) on their faces.

When I Was Young - Kelvin Grove Primary School, London, England

A wonderfully hand-drawn animated journey through the cherished childhood memories of a group of men and women, as they recall their younger days living in a very different world.

Dial (Revenge) - Clwb Ffilm Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd, Wales

After a fire burns through the countryside of north Wales, two young girls must deal with the fallout... and each other.

Note: To activate English subtitles, click the 'CC' button at the bottom right of the video and select 'English'.

The Time Trike - Bridge Integrated Primary School, Banbridge, Northern Ireland

A mysterious tricycle, a teacher's warning, and a friendly dare... what could go wrong?

Don't Kill Derek - By Cameron, Lavinia, Matilda, Jack, Rylie and Mackenzie - Newport Pagnell, England

As Lavinia writes her story, we see her imagination coming off the pages, with a plethora a fun characters. As she begins to give her story a grimmer conclusion, her conscience appears as an angel, telling her: "Don't Kill Derek!". Can the angel convince her? Derek can only hope…

Layla - Made by a group of 13 young people with support from Badshoes Film - Leicester, England

A young man struggling to find love begins texting a girl named Layla, who seems to be the one for him. But having never met her face-to-face, is Layla truly all she seems?

Into Film age rating: 11+ (Contains online grooming theme.)

The Somewhat Action Packed Sci Fi Comedy Including War - Made by a group of 7 young people at Out Loud Music CIC youth club - Ipswich, England

The title pretty much says it all when it comes to this zany comedy that also features spaceships, the city of Ipswich, and a Donald Trump robot. Naturally.

My Friend Frank - Made by 13 young people with support from Badshoes Film - Leicester, England

A young boy with a difficult home life finds solace in a new friend he meets via an online video game, in this startling cautionary tale about online safety.

Into Film age rating: 14+ (Contains references to child abuse, including of a sexual nature, and alcoholism.)

FreeStyle - Made by 18 young people with the BFI Academy at HOME - Manchester, England

A young woman, bored with the drudgery of her office life, makes a sudden stand, and dances her way to a new, better life. Meanwhile, a young boy casts a cynical eye over her story.

Unlikely Heroes - Made by 21 young people with the BFI Academy at MediaActive Projects - Shropshire, England

This brilliant and creatively animated film brings the oft-forgotten contribution of carrier pigeons during WWII to light.

Margaret Dodds: 100-year-old Bristol City Superfan - Made by 7 young people with the BFI Academy at Watershed Arts Trust - Bristol, England

This moving, heartwarming documentary celebrates Margaret Dodds, a 100-year-old woman whose relationship to football and, in particular, Bristol City Football Club, has been a constant thread throughout her long, colourful life.

A Miner's Story - Meadows Primary School - Shropshire, England

An exploration of Britain's dwindling mining industry, as two lifelong miners discuss their memories of the mines, and lament the slow decline of the industry they gave their lives to.

Make a Change for Myself - Ysgol Bryn Castell - Bridgend, Wales

With a musical centrepiece, this film sees a group of students detail the changes - both big and small - that they're vowing to make in their lives, before visiting Bridgend Council offices to get local Councillors and MPs to speak out on the changes they hope to make.

Our Peckham: Foodbank and the Fidget Spinner - Made by 11 young people from Bell Gardens Animation Club with Rainbow Collective - London, England

Stop-motion animation is used to illustrate the shameful truth that so many people in Britain rely on foodbanks to get by, while also highlighting the needless stigma that comes attached to them.

The Spindles - Made by Rosie from Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School - Belfast, Northern Ireland

This terrifying and incredibly slick dialogue-free animation displays a great command of the horror genre, as a young woman finds herself being stalked through the woods by a menacing creature.

Twang - Made by Joe Blandamer - Devon, England

This claymation short sees two dogs vying for one prize, and demonstrates that a film with a minimal running time can still be effective given a simple-but-smart idea and funny execution.

The Broken Rose - Haringey Tuition Service

Into Film age rating: 11+ (contains rude gesture)

A young woman longs to connect with people and form friendships, but she is isolated and scared. She finds the courage to step outside only to be overwhelmed by the noise and bustle of modern living. Can she find friendship and belonging in this uncaring world?

A Voice Too Small - New Rickstones Academy

Into Film age rating: 11+

How can a young person deal with bullying when they have a monster battling for control? In the forest of the mind, the monster of negativity looms large. A little voice of self-esteem can be heard, but will this creature grow large enough to overcome?

Behind the Mask - Luton CAMHS Summer Film Project

Into Film age rating: 11+

We follow a day in the life of Taylor, a young adolescent who suffers from mental health issues. Using a mask to conceal her inner emotions, we see her journey through a day of experiences that trigger her social anxiety, eventually leading to her breaking down to her parents and wishing to seek professional help.

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