Young filmmakers from across the UK were recognised today as film education charity Into Film announced the recipients of its 5th annual Into Film Awards. The Awards pay tribute to outstanding 5 – 19-year olds from across the UK who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking and film reviewing. Hosted by Into Film and supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding, the young filmmakers were honoured at a star-studded red-carpet ceremony at ODEON Luxe in Leicester Square.

Hundreds of young people from across the UK submitted their own short films to be considered in the Awards, with nominations exploring a wide range of themes and issues including food banks; anti-bullying; Trump; child online grooming and internet safety; Brexit; the miners; and our history through the eyes of their grandparents. The short films were created and produced by young people as individuals or as part of a wider group in schools, colleges or youth groups. The non-filmmaking categories - the Film Clubs of the Year, Reviewer of the Year and Teacher of the Year - recognised creative use of film as an educational tool.

The Awards were judged by a range of leading film industry producers and Into Film trustees including founder and CEO of IMDb, Col Needham; producer at EON productions, Barbara Broccoli; President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International (UPI), Duncan Clark; and Film director, Beeban Kidron.

Awards across 14 categories were given to a range of youngsters aged 9 to 19 at the red-carpet event hosted by popular CBBC presenter Radzi Chinyanganya. Stars handing out the Awards included Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts, The Theory of Everything), Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Baby Driver), David Walliams (Little Britain), Andy Serkis (Lords of the Rings, Black Panther), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter), Jack Lowden (Fighting With My Family, Mary Queen of Scots), Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, Downton Abbey), Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Tom Taylor (The Kid Who Would Be King), Ruby Barnhill (The BFG), Malachi Kirby (Curfew, Roots), Nico Mirallegro (Peterloo), Michael Pearce (Beast), Camilla Thurlow (Love Island), Rhianna Dhillon (leading broadcast film critic), Tom Davis (Paddington 2, King Gary), Amma Asante (A United Kingdom, Belle), Sir Kevin Barron (MP) and Edith Bowman (TV Presenter).

Into Film Ambassador, Eddie Redmayne said; “I’ve been an ambassador for Into Film for a few years now, and I’ve always loved what Into Film does. Getting to come here to the Awards…the enthusiasm, the hard work, the tenacity has been very inspiring. I feel like inspiring is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but some of the films I’ve seen here, and some of the people - both the students and the teachers… it’s sent me off with a skip in my step. It’s been brilliant.”

Winners hail from across the UK, with young people from Wales, Shropshire, Leicester, Scotland, Manchester, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and London being recognised for their achievements, encouraging their learning development and future film careers. Finally, as voted by the young readers of First News, Mary Poppins Returns scooped First News’ Family and Young Peoples’ Film of the Year.

The Awards not only highlight the creative talents of young people across the UK, but also aim to re-address the gender and diversity balance within the film industry by activity seeking and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to immerse themselves in film and filmmaking, opening the door for a more diverse pool of talent to seek careers within the film industry.

The 2019 Into Film Awards winners are;

Best Film: 11 Years and Under, sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment - Presented by Eddie Redmayne
Anti-Bullying – Hornsea Community Primary School, Yorkshire

Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Working Title Films - Presented by Rhys Ifans
Rhys Roberts - Llanharan Primary School, Llanharen

Best Documentary, sponsored by Paramount Pictures - Presented by Hugh Bonneville & Edith Bowman
A Miner’s Story – Meadows Primary School, Shropshire

Into Film Club of the Year: Primary, sponsored by Universal Pictures - Presented by Luke Evans & Amma Asante
The Hollies School – Cardiff, Wales

ICAP Charity Day - Presented by Sir Kevin Barron & Tom Davis
A Broken Rose – Haringey Tuition Centre, London

Reviewer of the Year, sponsored by IMDB - Presented by Michael Pearce & Rhianna Dhillon
Frankie – Bridge Integrated Primary School, Banbridge NI

Best Film: 12-15, sponsored by Swatch Group - Presented by David Walliams
Layla – Tight Lines Productions, Leicester

Ones to Watch in association with BFI Film Academy, sponsored by EON Productions - Presented by Nico Mirallegro & Camilla Thurlow
Oisin Tomas, Ruda Santos & Emilija Morrison

Family and Young Peoples’ Film of the Year in association with First News, sponsored by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - Presented by Ruby Barnhill
Disney – Mary Poppins Returns

Into Film Club of the Year: Secondary, sponsored by Warner Bros. Creative Talent - Presented by Jack Lowden
Rowlands – Selkirk, Scotland

Best Animation, sponsored by Disney - Presented by Bill Nighy & Malachi Kirby
Our Peckham: Foodbank & the Fidget Spinner – Bell Gardens Animation Club & Rainbow Collective

Into Film Club Member of the Year, sponsored by Fox - Presented by Jason Isaacs
Bucksburn Academy – Aberdeen, Scotland

Best Film: 16-19, sponsored by Motion Picture Solutions - Presented by Lily James & Tom Taylor
My Friend Frank – Checkered Productions

Audience Choice Award, sponsored by Cineworld Productions - Presented by Andy Serkis
Our Peckham: Foodbank & the Fidget Spinner – Bell Gardens Animation Club & Rainbow Collective