Young people's passion for filmmaking celebrated

Wolfblood actor Rachel Teate at the podium during the RTS young people's festival in Sunderland

Wolfblood actor Rachel Teate at the podium during the RTS young people's festival in Sunderland

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RACHEL Teate and Bobby Lockwood, stars of BBC TV’s Wolfblood, have helped make the Royal Television Society’s regional Young People’s Media Festival a great success.

Hosted by Sunderland University, the festival celebrates work from students throughout the North-East, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria at junior and senior levels.

BBC senior producer and presenter Chris Jackson also co-hosted the event.

Festival director Tony Edwards and Joanna Makepeace, chair of the judges awarded certificates to the winning teams and commendations to others.

This showcase event for young filmmakers and has proved an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors aged from five to 19.

There were more than 40 entries which involved nearly 180 young people across both events and they were judged for their creativity, storytelling, craft skills, originality and the creativity shown by the entrants.

Benton Park Primary School won the junior event with their piece The Mask which centred on bullying.

The senior awards were split into separate categories. The drama category was won by the William Howard School in Cumbria, with their film The Lantern. Gone.

We Will Know What It Is from Durham Sixth Form Centre was awarded a RTS commendation certificate in the entertainment category.

In the factual category the winner was Kitman, an individual entry from Alex Ayre, Joe Kroese and Adam Young.

Just One Scratch from William Howard School was awarded a RTS Commendation Certificate.

The winner of the professionally supported category was Traveller from Northern Stars based in Newcastle.

Tony Edwards, director of the festival, said: “ “This year’s work has seen the talent that the North-East has and some of the work really has been truly exceptional.

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