4 February 2013

A short film made as part of a project with young filmmakers and FACT has been nominated for a national award.

The Envelope has been nominated in the 'best film by over 13s' category at the First Light Awards, which are being judged by film industry professionals including director Sir Alan Parker, Hobbit star Martin Freeman and Dr Who himself, Matt Smith.

The First Light Awards take place at the famous Odeon, Leicester Square in London on March 19. Known as the mini Oscars, the ceremony is attended by a mix of film industry luminaries and celebrities who present the young people with awards across various categories, including best drama, best animation, best film by under 12s, best film by over 13s, and film club of the year award.

First Light says the awards ceremony is an uplifting celebration of young filmmakers from across the country, which provides them with industry recognition and a platform to showcase their work.

The Envelope was shot in and around Liverpool in April 2012, and is a three-minute comic strip-style thriller about a young woman and her briefcase. Everybody wants what she has but why - and will they get it?

The film was made by 12 young people from Merseyside aged between 13 and 19, with help from local filmmaker Alex Harrison. Making the film took ten weeks and the group attended masterclasses in scriptwriting, sound and camera work. 

Watch The Envelope here.