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February 14th, 2005
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For Ian McKellen fans, a chance to see him; and a mention of Stephen Fry
Lilithlotr found this at War of the Ring:

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'Gandalf' to Bring a Touch of Magic to Young Filmmakers' 'Mini Oscars(R)'
By Illuvatar
Feb 12, 2005, 23:02 GMT

Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), will be amongst those contributing to the movie magic at a special awards ceremony honouring young UK filmmakers in London's Leicester Square on 23 February.

The First Light Film Awards celebrate the best short films made by children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18 from across the UK. The films were created through the UK Film Council's First Light initiative, using National Lottery grants worth an average of $9000 per project.

A panel of celebrity judges, including Alfie star Jude Law, is busy deciding which films will scoop the awards. Other judges include Rupert Grint, (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films); filmmaker/actor Stephen Fry; celebrated author Nick Hornby; Romola Garai (Inside I'm Dancing), Pawel Pawlikowski, (Director of award-winning film My Summer of Love); and Evening Standard Film Award winner Natalie Press who stars in the film; and Pam Ferris (Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

The ceremony will be hosted by Jake Humphrey of CBBC and Fame Academy 2, with awards up for grabs in nine categories including Best Comedy, Best Horror/ Thriller, Best Special Effects, Best Film by Under 13's, Best Film by Over 13's, Best Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Animation and Best Documentary.

The Awards will be presented by top UK creative talent including Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings), Asher D (So Solid Crew member and star of forthcoming film Bullet Boy); Amma Asante (Director of A Way of Life and winner of the London Film Festival UK Film Talent award); Joe Prospero (Finding Neverland); Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Bond); Nicolas Roeg (Director of The Witches and Castaway); and Hugh Hudson (Director of film classic Chariots of Fire).

Films from the following areas have been nominated: Banbury; Bridgend; Bristol; Devon; Dorset; Edinburgh; Fife; Glasgow; Hereford; Leeds; London; Manchester; Merseyside; Newcastle; Nottingham; Northamptonshire; Reading; Sheffield; Shoreham-by-Sea; Surrey; Swindon.

The First Light Film Awards Ceremony will take place on February 23 at Odeon West End, Leicester Square, London.

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