Young filmmakers played a starring role on Tuesday at the 11th annual Peterborough Children’s Film Awards.
The mini Spielbergs produced more than 50 entries in seven categories, with pupils from 14 schools teaming up to produce three-minute clips.
Peterborough City Council leader Councillor John Holdich said the awards at the KingsGate Conference Centre are one of the highlights of his calendar.
“It’s fantastic to see the kids when they are winning, it’s their Oscars,” said the council leader, who was judging the Years 3 and 4 category.
“Apart from the educational value the quality gets better every year. It’s been going 11 years and I’ve been to every one. I always take my good lady with me and she enjoys it as well. You come out with a lump in your throat.”
The nominated clips are played out during the evening, and the winning entrants receive a trophy, while the runners-up get a medal.
This year entrants were given free rein on their subject area within the broad themes of musical theatre, bullying awareness and ‘what you are doing in the classroom’.
The films are judged in age group categories - early years, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6 - with awards for the best entries in each category and additional awards for best soundtrack, a special bullying awareness award and the Warwick Davis award which is given to the best overall film.
Sponsored by the council, the awards are supported by the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board. The judging panel is made up of representatives from the BBC, British Film Society, the council and the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.
Entrants this year included films about bullying and even one on the history of the Suffragettes.
And despite the rain, which prevented the red carpet from being rolled out, Cllr Holdich, who is also the council’s cabinet member for education, said it was brilliant to see the children dressed up and enjoying themselves.
“It’s a great evening for the kids, a great evening for the teachers and those presenting,” he added.
Winners: Dogsthorpe Infant School - Bugs v. Popplebeans
Runners-up: Caverstede Early Years Centre - Hello, Goodbye
Fulbridge Academy (Magic Kingdom Nursery) - Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Caverstede Early Years Centre - Monster Stomp
Orton Wistow Primary School - The Little Red Hen
Ravensthorpe Primary School - The Naughty Bus
Hampton Hargate Primary School - Tom Ted’s Pirate Adventure
Years 1 and 2
Winners: Dogsthorpe Infant School - Stop Thief!
Runners-up: Orton Wistow Primary School - Commotion in the Ocean
Hampton Hargate Primary School - If I Had a Rocket
Southfields Primary School - Jack and the Beanstalk
The Peterborough School - MasterChef 2016: Our Version!
Dogsthorpe Infant School - The Magic Castle
William Law CE Primary School - Year 2 Superheroes
Years 3 and 4
Winners: Hampton Hargate Primary School - As I Opened My Eyes
Runners-up: Southfields Primary School - Anti-Cyberbully Boy and Friends
Ravensthorpe Primary School - Learning is the Key
Orton Wistow Primary School - The Tudor Doctor
Orton Wistow Primary School - Votes for Women
Years 5 and 6
Winners: Orton Wistow Primary School (Merlins class) - Macbeth
Runners-up: The Beeches Primary School - Beeches Got Talent
Hampton Hargate Primary School - Eathquake
Orton Wistow Primary School - Killer of the Captain
The Peterborough School - Natural News
Duke of Bedford Primary School - Space Rocks
Southfields Primary School - Star Wars Episode 8: Fight for Justice
Welland Academy - You Can Be Healthy
Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board award: The Peterborough School - Stand Up. Step In. Reach Out
2nd - Fulbridge Academy - Where Is the Love?
3rd - Ravensthorpe Primary School - Don’t Let Cyberbullying Weigh You Down
Best soundtrack: Welland Academy - You Can Be Healthy
Runners-up: Dogsthorpe Infant School - Bugs v. Popplebeans
Orton Wistow Primary School - Commotion in the Ocean
Dogsthorpe Academy - Life of Pie
Nene Valley Primary School - Rewind
Warwick Davis award: Dogsthorpe Infant School - Bugs v. Popplebeans
Runners-up: Hampton Hargate Primary School - As I Opened My Eyes
Orton Wistow Primary School (Merlins class) - Macbeth
Dogsthorpe Infant School - Stop Thief!