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Flintshire schoolchildren attend their own Oscars ceremony

ARTISTIC youngsters were given the red carpet treatment at their own Oscars ceremony.

About 80 six and seven-year-olds from four primary schools spent a week making their own films – and then went head to head to take home one of the industry’s most coveted trophies.

The event, organised by Flintshire County Council’s arts development officer Trefor Lloyd Hughes, was held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold on Monday.

Pupils from Ysgol Bryn Pennant in Mostyn; Ysgol Bryn Garth in Penyffordd, near Holywell; Ysgol Bro Carmel and Bagillt’s Ysgol Glan Aber were given a warm welcome before being presented with their awards.

Julie Davies, a teacher at Ysgol Bryn Pennant, said: “The children spent a week before Easter putting together their own film, called The Lonely Caterpillar.

“They made all the props and puppets themselves and then did the animation.

“Each film was shown on a big screen and then five children from each school were presented with a special award.

“It was a great experience for the children and they all absolutely loved it. We are so proud of them.”

The children were helped in the project, which was run as part of Flintshire Filmfest, by professional film-maker Chris Oakley and designer Andrea Davies.

Teacher Vicki Mercer from Ysgol Glan Aber said: “It was an absolutely fantastic experience for the children and they all loved it. It was an opportunity for them to do something really different and they will never forget it.”

Mr Lloyd Hughes said he is now planning to broadcast the youngsters’ work on the silver screen internationally.

He added: “I am going to start looking into the possibility of entering the films in some European festivals.

“The work the children put together was absolutely fantastic and it was a brilliant event. We have undoubtedly seen some future stars at work here.”