8 year old, Holly McLaughlin, a pupil at Our Lady’s Girls’ Primary School, Belfast, had a very special role at the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards in London last weekend!

Holly was the Cinemagic Young Reporter at the annual awards that recognise and celebrate excellence within children’s film, television and games. Holly’s role as a Cinemagic Young Consultant this summer earned her a spot on the red carpet, mingling with the stars, participating in a special BAFTA Kids TV presenting masterclass with Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton and announcing the BAFTA Kids Vote for Film, which went this year to Minions. The ceremony, hosted by Doc Brown, took place at Roundhouse, London.

The Cinemagic Young Consultants initiative sponsored by Gentle Dental Care Belfast, gave 100 young people the chance to view films from around the world, submitted for the annual Cinemagic International Film and Television for Young People, with a view to selecting a series of films for the in-competition section of the world cinema programme. Young people had the chance to discuss movies and the world of filmmaking over the course of two action packed days in July.

Holly met with other young people at the BAFTA Kids event in London, and had the chance to record red carpet links and to get autographs and photos with VIPs including Naomi Wilkinson and Radzi Chinyanganya from CBBC programme WILD.

Holly said “I had an amazing time at the BAFTA Children’s Awards and red carpet experience in London. It was great fun being part of the TV presenting masterclass and so exciting getting to announce the winner of the Kids Vote at the awards. The experience at Cinemagic really helped me prepare for the activities in London and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press and Marketing Officer, 028 90 311 900

About BAFTA Kids
BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent, online challenges and competitions, and special hospice screenings. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy.

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