Golden Owl Awards 2018 – Review and Winners

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What are the Golden Owl Awards 2018?

The Golden Owl Awards 2018 is an exciting filmmaking competition that is part of the Leeds Young Film Festival. The awards celebrate the talents of young filmmakers aged 19 and under. In addition the Oscars style red carpet, black tie extravaganza is attended by celebrities and local dignitaries who present the Owls. Futhermore this year the event was hosted by yours truly on the 27th March at Leeds Town Hall.

The competition is supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms and Leeds Young Film Festival in partnership with Vista. It reflects the Council’s vision for Leeds as a Child Friendly City described in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2015-2019 and helps to meet several of its priorities.

What kind of films were they looking for?

Films submitted to the Golden Owl Awards 2018 were of any genre or type including comedy, horror, drama, animation or documentary. As a result his included music, skate and promo videos. For schools and colleges, submissions included films produced in lesson time or as extracurricular activity. And some were made as part of a project, for fun or as a specific commission.

How was the ceremony?

I throughly enjoyed being part of this event. From taking photos with characters from Star Wars before the ceremony, to meeting the winners and their families afterwards. The whole experience was lovely. It was great to see how creative and passionate the entrants were. And I was genuinely in awe at how young some of the talent was. To be making short films at 5yrs old in incredible.

I don’t know about anybody else, but there was a definite highlight of the evening. It was taking a few minutes to have a boogie to the sounds of the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra. The video at the bottom of this page says it all. Hopefully they’ll ask me back to do it all again next year. For more events that I’ve been involved in make sure you check out my Blog.

And the Golden Owl Awards 2018 Winners are…


Beautiful World                                             St Augustine’s RC Primary                         Winner.

Little Red Riding Hood                                 Farsley Westroyd Primary School              Secondary Award – Best Adaptation.


KS2 & KS3

Trapped                                                       Farsley Springbank Primary School                  Winner.

The Cookie Job                                           Sharp Lane Primary School                              Secondary Award – Best Action Film.

An Intergalactic Adventure                          Lighthouse  School                                           Secondary Award – Best Sci-Fi Film.



An Armley Odyssey                                     Swallow Hill Community College Academy             Winner.



Human                                                                 Leeds City College                                           Winner.


Community Groups

Out of their Books                                           Garforth Library & One Stop Centre                      Winner.


11 and Under

A Message in a Bottle                                    Emma Kitson                                 Winner.

The Secret Agent Cat                                     Daisy Cale                                    Secondary Award – Best Cinematography.

Red Rock Saves the Bank                              Eli Powell                                     Secondary Award – Best Group Performance.



Earthians                                                             Emily Hobson                            Winner.

Quiet Night In                                                    Leszek Cygan                              Secondary Award – Best Horror Film.



Dealing with Deafness: Christine’s Story Amy Beedle                                                                 Winner.


MediaFish & MindMate Younger Award

The Alien in the Classroom                                                Farsley Westroyd Primary School                Winner.

Dementia Diaries: Hovingham Meets The Hall                  Hovingham Primary School                          Special Mention.


MediaFish & MindMate Older Award

Human                                                                                                              Leeds City College                   Winner.

Documentary on Young People that Attend Offsite Provisions                        Taylor Jay Hogan                      Special Mention.

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