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Midlands Spotlight - Leicester Filmmaker Receives National INTO FILM Award

By midlandsmovies, Mar 11 2016 10:46AM

Midlands Spotlight - Leicester Filmmaker Receives National ‘INTO FILM’ Award

Young and very talented filmmaker Jess O’Brien who Midlands Movies has previously showcased here (click here) has been named as one of national film organisation Into Film’s ‘Ones to Watch 2016’ for her excellence in film production. Read more about this amazing feat below.

At just 14 years old, Jess O’Brien is already making waves in the region with her work at the Pauline Quirke Academy leading to her making her film ‘Coping’. Written, acted and directed when she was thirteen, the film features three of her friends Yasmin Allen, April Hancox and David Knight and looks at how a young girl recovers from the death of her two best friends.

Given to only three young filmmakers in the country, the awards have been created by Into Film which is an organisation established by leading film education charities. The First Light and FILMCLUB organisations help to inspire young people aged 5-19 across the UK to learn through and about film.

As part of the honour Jess will be invited to a special careers session at BAFTA led by their Director of Learning, Tim Hunter after which she will be accepting her award and delivering an acceptance speech to the full house at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square before the day of celebrations is concluded with an after party at Planet Hollywood.

Upon receiving the news Jess said “I was speechless when I heard. A few years ago if someone had told me I would be going to meet BAFTA executives and accept an award for filmmaking I would never have believed them!”

After completing ‘Coping’ Jess showed great initiative by organising a premiere screening at the Phoenix Cinema, attended by 100 guests. ‘Coping’ has also been selected for five film festivals including the Olympia Film Festival in Greece and the Adelaide Kids Film Festival in Australia.

Jess was nominated by her film teacher at PQA and filmmaker at Badshoes Film, Keith Allott who said, “Jess is an exceptional talent in all areas of film. She is a gifted filmmaker and actor and combines that with great determination and a desire to learn. She is currently discovering film editing and showing a real flare for that too. This is a thoroughly well-deserved award for a bright talent.”

Jess has just completed production on her latest film ‘Hinterland’ featuring young actors Jacq Ardron and Tyler Dunnan and will be organising another screening in Leicester later this year,

“This film looks at the consequences of people’s decisions and how we take responsibility for them”, says Jess.

With two exciting and successful projects already under her belt we predict even further accolades will be coming to this bright regional filmmaker very soon indeed.

You can view ‘Coping’ online below:

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