Hysteria in Derry After Awards Success

Young filmmakers from Derry win a mini Oscar at Leicester Square's First Light Movies Awards

Hysteria, a short film by young people from the Off The Streets Initiative in Derry, won in the Best Horror category at the First Light Movies awards. 

Produced in conjunction with the Nerve Centre, Hysteria tells the tale of Derry's sorriest nightclub, brought back to life by a wicked DJ set, and the ill-fated young clubbers who find themselves dealing with much more than blood on the dancefloor. 

The filmmakers involved in the production picked up prizes at a star-studded awards ceremony held at the world-famous Odeon in Leicester Square, hosted by Davina McCall.

The ceremony was attended by more than 800 people, including stars Kevin Spacey, Sir Ian McKellen and Noamie Harris (above left).

'The First Light Movies Awards are really important because it’s essential to nurture young creative talent,' said McCall. 'Britain is famous for its wealth of amazing film makers and this is something we need to continue to uphold and support. 

'This work is of a very high standard. Movie makers beware: there is stiff competition just around the corner.'

All this year's winners and nominees will see their work showcased in millions of homes via Virgin Media's TV on Demand service. Select movies can also be accessed by anyone with a broadband connection at the First Light Movies website.

First Light Movies' winning filmmakers will also be given the opportunity to introduce and screen their films to more than 300,000 students across the UK, during Film Education’s National Schools Week this October.

First Light Movies provides funding and expertise for five-to-19-year-olds throughout the UK to make films using National Lottery money through UK Film Council funding.

'Year after year I am astounded by the young people’s filmmaking talent and their astute ability to translate their own stories and experiences to the screen,' said First Light Movies chief executive Pip Eldridge.

'Today’s celebration is dedicated to the young people’s hard work and commitment, many of whom have overcome adversities in their lives to produce their films.

'The atmosphere in the Odeon this afternoon was electric and it’s almost impossible to describe how excited the nominees were!'

''The success of the British film industry is based upon us identifying the next generation of filmmakers,' said Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham.

'The great thing about these awards is that they give young people the confidence that they could make a film, and become the next Tim Burton, Paul Greengrass or Gurinder Chadha.'