By Megan Anstee – Event Manager
Into Film is a charity that puts film at the heart of young people’s educational and personal development. Now in the 6th year of our partnership, we work with them on the Into Film Festival, the world’s largest free film festival for 5-19 year-olds and provide events management on their annual Into Film Awards, celebrating young film talent.
This year, the star-studded Awards took place at the BFI Southbank in London. Gemma, our Senior Account Manager, and I were lucky enough to be there and (between organising goodie bags, seating plan, rehearsals, etc.) we took advantage of our behind-the-scenes access by walking the red carpet before anyone else arrived.
The guest list included talent across the film industry, including actors Gwendoline Christie and Martin Freeman and representatives from Universal Pictures, BAFTA and IMDb. Also in attendance, our very own CEO Mark Fawcett with his daughter Matilda!
But the true stars were the 250 students, nominated across the 11 categories to highlight the large pool of young creatives in the UK. As each winner took the stage, the acceptance speeches had the audience alternating between tears and laughter.
The Awards give confidence to young people to express themselves and encourage them to make more films. It’s also a moment of recognition and a chance to celebrate their hard work.
The day had an incredible atmosphere to it and was a great example of the power of events. It’s this experience-based engagement that inspires young people to get involved, engage with the cause, engage with each other and have this mass shared moment that they will remember.
BBC actor Tom Davis said it best – “I make excuses sometimes for not getting up and not doing stuff. What I’ve learnt today…is that there is no excuse for not being creative and not pushing yourself”. I couldn’t agree with him more, it was a truly inspiring day.
Take a look at the video from the day here.
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