Pupils walk the red carpet at films awards

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Three sets of students walked the red carpet at the Forum in Northallerton last week at the premiere of their award-winning short films.

The 14 youngsters, aged 11-18, from schools in Stokesley, Yarm and Bedale were all prize winners in the Safer Hambleton Film Stars contest run over the summer.

They were challenged to create, film, edit and star in films – about a topic that is particular to them and has a link to community safety.

“We were very impressed with the calibre of the films presented to us – they were all very powerful and all had an important message to relay,” said Chair of Safer Hambleton, Coun Carl Les.

The films will be used in secondary schools. Contact gina.allen@richmondshire.gov.uk

“We asked that they be about anything that affects young people and their friends – and we got bullying/peer pressure, cyber crime and the impact that paranoia can have on a person.”

Star Radio’s Tim Lichfield presided over the evening which saw the film makers arrive in luxury limos thanks to local firm, PPDS, and its owner Paul Peacock. The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Charles Forbes Adam, closed the evening but was left speechless at the incredibly powerful and inspirational films that were showcased.

The winning students each received a trophy to celebrate their achievements – and will see their films entered into the Royal Television Society North East and the Borders Young People’s Film Festival next spring.