Sunderland young film makers scoop festival award

Sisters Emmie and Lilly Thompson with their prize at the  Young Filmmakers 2014 Awards.
Sisters Emmie and Lilly Thompson with their prize at the Young Filmmakers 2014 Awards.
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SUNDERLAND sisters are hoping their new film will be a double success.

Emmie and Lilly Thompson were thrilled when their short animated work, Mitchell Goldfield, won the 14-and-under section of the Young Filmmakers 2014 Awards.

Emmie, 14, and Lilly, 13, from Plains Farm, Sunderland, entered their film into the awards at the Berwick Film and Media Art Festival in the summer.

The girls, who are both pupils at St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy, were delighted when their film, which depicts someone who feels everything is against them, was short listed for the award and they were invited to the Maltings Theatre in Berwick for screening of the final five films.

Emmie said: “I couldn’t believe it when we were announced as the winners, I was stunned. It was a bit of a blur when we got up to receive the award as I was so overwhelmed.”

The film, which was created without any money, was praised by the judges for its emotional simplicity.

Mum Tracey added: “We are very proud of the girls and what they have achieved.

“They spent at lot of hours animating Mitchell Goldfield and would like to make their next film less time-consuming by buying some animation software with their £250 prize money.

“This will also help Emmie gain more experience as she would like to study animation at university.”

Mitchell Goldfield has also been shortlisted for an award in the national competition, Kids for Kids UK Film Festival.

The Thompson family will be travelling to London next month for the screening and are keeping their fingers crossed it will pick up another prize.

Earlier this year, Emmie was invited for a tour of Google headquarters after one of her animations was chosen as part of the Google-backed internet safety project, Well Versed, aimed at keeping young people safe online.

The teenager’s entry was one of the compilation of clips used to make up the video, which is fronted by popular YouTuber, KickthePJ.

To watch Mitchell Goldfield visit