Into Film has announced 13 year old Hannah Mason as the winner of its Making Movie Magic competition, aiming to help children and young people understand the value of copyright.

Hannah, from Wiltshire, scooped the top prize in a national storyboarding competition hosted by Into Film, the Intellectual Property Office and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, which saw her story made into short animated film by Oscar®-winning studio Aardman Animations, the full version of which can be seen here.

Into Film, which enables young people to learn through and about film and is supported by both cross-industry body Cinema First and BFI Lottery funding, invited schoolchildren across the UK to put their creative skills to the test for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to get their idea developed into a short film by Aardman, the makers of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, as part of an innovative Design and Technology teaching resource ’Creating Movie Magic’.

The competition underpinned a resource to teach young people about the value and importance of copyright to creativity, encouraging them to view film legitimately through ‘above board’ channels, which can be found via The resource was designed to fit into the D&T curriculum and taught young people stop-motion animation, about careers available in the UK film industry, and tasked young people to create a pro-copyright animated storyboard to raise the issue of copyright with young people.

Hannah’s winning submission ‘Zombie Fairy’ – shows the craft and graft that goes into film-making to encourage people to support the UK film industry and has seen the story turned into a short animated film made by the award-winning studio. The 30-second film is being screened to hundreds of thousands of young people at over 2,700 screenings and events during the current Into Film Festival.

As a part of the winning prize, Hannah also received an all-expenses-paid trip along with classmates, to the Aardman studio in Bristol – the home of Wallace & Gromit, Morph and Shaun the Sheep – to have an exclusive meeting with the Aardman production team about bringing their winning storyboard to life. The winner and friends also got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio, which is currently in production on Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is set for a UK theatrical release in February 2015.

‘Creating Movie Magic’ is the first project in the new collaboration between Into Film, the IPO and the Industry Trust for IP Awareness. ‘Creating Movie Magic’ has been designed in collaboration with National Schools Partnership and Aardman Animations, and is supported by Cinema First.

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