The 10 films which scooped an award at the Oscars-style ceremony at the Broadway Theatre last month were all produced by Peterborough primary schools as part of the city council’s three-year Read.Write.inspire literacy campaign.
Children as young as four worked together to create their own storyboards, write the scripts and produce the films.
A total of 208 short films were submitted in 10 categories including best foreign language film, staying safe, myths and legends and healthy eating. There was an overall winner and three runners-up in each category.
More than 1,000 guests, the majority of whom were the children film-makers, their parents and teachers attended the glittering award ceremony and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Chewbacca from Star Wars presented awards via video-link.
Warwick Davies, who starred as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films, and Peterborough-born actress Donna Steele, who was Amanda Holden’s understudy in the West-End show Thoroughly Modern Millie and took the lead when the production went on national tour, were also among the star-studded line-up.
People who missed out can still enjoy the children’s films at www.peterborough.gov.uk and www.readwriteinspire.co.uk. You can contact the team on Read.Write.Inspire@peterborough.gov.uk.
Councillor Geoff Ridgway, Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I am really pleased the council has been able to showcase the winning films from the first Peterborough Film Awards. It is a great way of recognising the efforts of all the children, school staff and council officers who worked so hard to make the awards such a success.
“The films are great examples of what can be achieved with a little imagination and a lot of hard work. By putting the films on the web, we can now show everyone in Peterborough and all over the world what we are doing in the city to improve literacy. I so very much enjoyed the show it was brilliant.”