Belfast Telegraph

Film club success for Ashfield Girls' School winning UK award

By Kirsten Elder

Pupils and teachers at Belfast school have been recognised with a leading UK film award by a host of movie and TV stars.

Bond star Naomi Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny, and Jeremy Irvine from Warhorse, were amongst the judging panel who give the award to Ashfield Girls' School.

The school triumphed in the Into Film Club of the Year award in the 13s and over category, sponsored by Sony Pictures.

The award was presented to pupils by Jessie Cave (Harry Potter) and Ross Anderson (Unbroken) last week at a star-studded event at Empire Leicester Square, London.

Ashfield Girls' Film Club has been running for over three years with more than 20 dedicated members and is being recognised for inclusive nature and enthusiasm.

The Film Club recently worked with BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Michael Lennox to create their own short film called ‘Ella’. For some students this was their first time filmmaking.

Into Film is supported by the British Film Institute with Lottery funding and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Cinema First.

The charity is dedicated to putting film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, and aims at developing their skills in film and hopefully encourage them to pursue a career in the industry.

There were over 11,000 schools and colleges who applied for consideration with the successful entrants receiving a sought-after award.

Kriazzh Policarpio, Ashfield Girls' Film Club representative, said: “Not only is this a great achievement for our school, it is great news for Northern Ireland and a testament to the ongoing work in the film industry within the region.

"As pupils from diverse backgrounds, with different abilities, everyone in the club reflects our school motto of ‘each different, each talented, all valued’.

"Through Into Film we’ve learnt about other cultures, traditions and have had the opportunity to discuss racism, sectarianism and bullying; which affects us all as children growing up here.”

Into Film was launched Nationwide in Northern Ireland in 2014 and provides a variety of opportunities for young people to engage with film creatively and critically. This is part of a UK wide programme that aims to make a change in film learning for five to 19-year-olds.

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