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Bythams Primary School film makers on the road to success

The Bythams Primary School team who were finalists in this year's LAFTAs
The Bythams Primary School team who were finalists in this year's LAFTAs

For the past three years pupils from Bythams Primary School’s Pumas group have made a class film and entered it into the Lincolnshire Awards for Film Teamwork Achievements.

Lincolnshire schools enter films in a number of categories for the awards, known as LAFTAs, whose patron is the actor Jim Broadbent, known for his role as Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter. Those who are selected as finalists are invited to a black tie event in Lincoln hosted by Mr Broadbent.

In 2012 Pumas’ film The 3 Little Pigs was a finalist. In 2013 their film Pirates won the award. And this year the school’s film The Way Back Home, from a book by Oliver Jeffers, was again a finalist.

Films entered by the children have to be under five minutes and include animation, live action and sound effects. Joanne Wilson, Year 2 teacher, said: “The children get enthusiastically involved in the film making and love it.

“You can tell by the photographs what a wonderful evening the children had at this special event.

“Alison Pyne, a class two teaching assistant, and I also have thoroughly enjoyed the event over the years. We hope to continue with the success.”

Headteacher Richard Clarke said: “I am really proud of the young film makers at Bythams.

“To be finalists three years running and to win the LAFTAs last year is an amazing achievement. Let’s hope they carry on developing these skills.”

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