County Down Film Buff Pupils Heading To London Awards

Talented County Down pupils shortlisted for UK-wide Into Film Awards

The red carpet awaits young film-makers from two County Down schools who have been shortlisted for the prestigious UK-wide Into Film Awards.

They will be travelling to London on June 25th to find out if they have won the top prizes in a prestigious red carpet ceremony.

A group of Year 8 pupils from St Colmcille’s High School in Crossgar have been nominated in the Best Film (aged 12-15) category for their live-action film Cereal Killers.

A film made by 19 children from St Colmcille’s High School from Crossgar have been nominated for the prestigious Into Film Awards in the Best Film (aged 12-15) category for Cereal Killers.

And 19-year-old Caireen Ferguson, who attended Assumption Grammar and is now studying film at Arts University Bournemouth, has been shortlisted for Best Animation (aged 12 and over) for her film Frog Flight created for her A-Level last year.

The Into Film Awards, made possible each year through sponsorship from the UK Screen Industry, showcase the phenomenal talents of young people who are the filmmakers of tomorrow.

Education charity, Into Film, supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery Good Cause funding, is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development.

The Year 8 pupils from St Colmcille’s High School in Crossgar created their own movie poster to go with their film which has been nominated for Best Film in the Into Film Awards being held in London on June 25th.

Sean Kelly, Into Film’s Northern Ireland Programme Lead, said: “There is such a wealth of talent represented by these two nominees. Both films are excellent, showing the hard work, enthusiasm and creativity of these young people.”

Nineteen young people from St Colmcille’s worked together on the humorous drama Cereal Killers in which the boxes of cereal from the school’s Breakfast Club come to life to turn the tables on the children.

But the kids fight back, putting the ‘cereal back in its box’ using squirt guns filled with milk to neutralise the attackers.

School principal Seamus Hanna said: “The children were bouncing up and down when we told them they were nominated for this award.

“We are so very proud of them… this film was created entirely by the children and they worked really hard on it.”

“Because their group is so big, they drew lots among the 19 students with five selected for the trip to London under the supervision of their teachers for the final ceremony.”

An animation by Caíreen Ferguson from Annacloy, a past pupil from the Assumption Grammar School has also been short-listed. Caireen Ferguson from Annacloy. She is up for the Best Animation award, created the wonderful Frog Flight as part of her A-Level course work.

The St Colmcille’s contingent will be joined by Caireen Ferguson from Annacloy, who is up for the Best Animation award, created the wonderful Frog Flight as part of her A-Level course work.

This touching, dialogue-free animation sees a young frog deciding he want to fly like a bird. When all of his attempts end up in failure, it’s up to his father to decide whether to help make his son’s risky dream come true or not.

“I’ve always loved art and because I can draw, animation seemed the perfect fit for me. It took the entire school year to complete Frog Flight, which I drew by hand using a digital screen drawing tablet,” said Caireen.

Caireen’s teacher Tristan Barry from Assumption Grammar said that it is so fitting that this animation award is being sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK Disney.

He added: “We have such high hopes for Caireen and we will all be rooting for her.

“This was her first complete animated sequence and she worked so hard on it. She came with the vision for this story and turned it into this beautiful film full of creative detail.”

Each film is also entered for the Audience Choice film of 2024 which relies on the public vote.

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