WOW Zone Students Win BFI Award in London

The WOW Zone team is proud to announce that one of their two short listed films, which were produced by groups that attend their After School WOW Zone sessions, was declared the national winner at this year’s prestigious British Film Institute’s Kids for Kids annual film competition.

The event was held on Saturday, 15th November at the British Film Institute’s headquarters on the Southbank in view of the River Thames in London.  Four young people, accompanied by WOW Zone teachers Lisa Whittaker and Louise Zwanepoel, travelled down for the Award ceremony and a live screening of their award-nominated films.

The WOW Zone is Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s specialist Learning Centre based at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre. They work with local schools on a variety of creative and technology-based projects, with the aim to help raise children’s aspirations in Wythenshawe and equip them with the knowledge and skills to enter the modern age of computing.

The WOW Zone entries into the BFI competition included ‘World War One’ by Liam Hildebrandt (aged 12) and ‘A Mario Movie’ by Elise, Erin and Jacob (aged 12).

WOW Zone Teacher, Lisa Whittaker said, “It was a massive achievement for our young people to be shortlisted as the standards were incredibly high this year and this was recognised by Helen Ward, the director of Kids for Kids UK!  The WOW Zone is incredibly proud of all of their young people and we were absolutely delighted when ‘A Mario Movie’ was announced as the winner in the ‘One Minute Film’ category as voted for by the Youth Jury panel.  We all had a fantastic trip and a wonderful day to remember.”

As well as receiving certificates, Elise, Erin and Jacob were also presented with a clapper board which displayed details of their winning film. Congratulations also went to Liam Hildebrandt, who also had his film ‘World War One’ shortlisted and showcased at the event.

For more information on the WOW zone visit https://www.wowzone.org.uk/