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Cinema by schoolchildren celebrated at Lincolnshire's LAFTA film awards

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

  • Pupils from Long Bennington C of E Academy arriving at the awards. From left, Ethan Wood, Henry Key, Phoebe Sykes and Kaitlyn Bilton, all aged 10. Pictures: John Jenkins

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Hundreds of school children walked down the red carpet for Lincolnshire's very own film awards, the LAFTAs.

The prestigious black tie event, now in its sixth year, showcases and highlights the film-making skills of children across the county.

A total of 27 schools and groups were shortlisted for awards, decided by a select panel of experts.

As children and parents arrived at the Engine Shed on October 22, characters from film and television including TinkerBell and The Stig, were there to meet and greet.

Reagan Bennie, 10, from Ling Moor primary school in North Hykeham loved every minute of his red carpet experience.

"We studied black and white comedy films and then made our own," he said.

"I am really proud that our film was nominated and that it will be shown to people.

"Everything is really exciting and a great experience."

Film star Jim Broadbent, of Harry Potter and Hot Fuzz fame, is a patron of Lincolnshire Awards for Film, Teamwork and Achievement (LAFTA) and was on hand during the evening to present awards.

Pupils from St Andrew's Church of England primary school in Woodhall Spa were nominated for their film "Don't be a banana" which was set during the war – before the main character was transported in time to 2012.

"We were studying films and we then made our own," said Natasha Lee, 10.

"This is really exciting and makes us feel like real film stars."

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