Portsmouth youngsters awarded for filmmaking efforts at their very own Oscar night
ALL eyes were on budding young film stars as they took to the red carpet for their very own Oscars night.
Youngsters from across Portsmouth and their families dressed up for the occasion as they attended a celebration of all the films they had made at UK Film Academy throughout the year.
Based at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor, UK Film Academy is an acting and film production group running on Friday evenings to give children and teenagers an opportunity to learn film-making skills.
The Oscars event involved screening a lot of the short films, including the award-winning film My Hidden Agenda.
The picture promotes positive mental health in young people, and was commended in the Public Service Announcements category of the Big Syn International Film Festival.
Awards were presented to talented children from across the area, including Best Actor which was scooped up by Ben Wilson from Southsea, Best Cinematography for Oakley Loader from Fratton and Hayling Island’s Christina Stylianos took home Best Actress.
There was a live performance from Emily Groombridge who has battled her own stage fright and gave an emotional performance of I Dreamed a Dream with the school principal Louisa Bromley.
Louisa, who organised the event, said: ‘It was a lovely opportunity for the children and parents to get dressed up and celebrate all they have achieved over the year, as well as to promote students’ positive self image by allowing any that wanted to perform live, I hope they all felt they were at the Hollywood Oscars.’
The evening was finished off with a live talent show which had a £200 cash prize which was won by Holly Waterson-Haggard from Southsea as she sang Castle on a Cloud.
Due to the success of My Hidden Agenda, UK Film Academy will be working with local production company Tinka Studios to make a feature film with plans to release it on Netflix.
They are looking for budding young actors and actresses aged eight to 18 years to star. Those that want to get involved should get in touch with Louisa at [email protected] or phone (023) 9243 4340.