Brit film icons turn out for future stars
Award winning director Anthony Minghella, new James Bond star Daniel Craig and Sir David Attenborough were among those in attendance at the First Light film awards' glitzy ceremony at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square.
First Light is organised by the UK Film Council and sees promising wannabe filmmakers aged between seven and 18 rewarded for their efforts with National Lottery handouts.
Minghella, director of Cold Mountain and The English Patient, was arguably the star name at the event but hundreds of other names were there including comic actor Martin Freeman, Harry Potter Weasley twins James and Oliver Phelps and Bafta-winning writer/director Amma Asante.
Minister for creative industries and tourism, James Purnell, was also at the event and he praised the organisers and the young stars winning awards.
"First Light helps young people grow from being spectators to creators. They learn the tricks of the trade, both in front of and behind the camera and develop their confidence and imagination. And they produce great films, as todays winners demonstrate," he said.
"But perhaps most importantly, this scheme is developing tomorrow's talent. This is vital if we are to realise the full potential of our film industry."
Ten main prizes of between £3,000 and £6,000 were awarded to groups of school children and students from across the country, with winners hailing from Bristol, London, Derby, Glasgow, Sheffield and Birmingham.