Update: Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh help judge UK Film Council awards

  February 25, 2004 at 3:00 PM ET
  grae     The Leaky Cauldron (via Empire Online)

Young filmmakers between the ages of 7 and 18 were honored todayopens in new window in Leicester Square by the UK Film Council for their digital short films - and among the judges were none other than Harry Potter actors Kenneth Branaghopens in new window and Emma Watsonopens in new window.

All the winners we spoke to proclaimed themselves shocked and amazed when they won – but thanked teachers and parents rather than agents and hairdressers. To win they had to impress a panel of judges which included such luminaries as Kenneth Brannagh, Samantha Morton, Jamie Bell and Harry Potter’s Emma Watson. Emma said "When I saw the films I was so surprised. I couldn’t believe it had come from people my age."

You can view a list of today's First Light Award winners at the above link.

PR Newswireopens in new window also has more infoopens in new window about the event, noting that actors Pierce Brosnanopens in new window and John Hannahopens in new window were also among the judges, as well as another quote from Miss Watson:

"I judged the comedy category and I have to say I was so pleased to be picked as a judge. I've never done anything like it before and when I saw the films I was so surprised, they were so good. I couldn't believe it had come from people my age, the actresses, the camera, all the different ideas, the script. Some of them had been really, really clever with how they'd used the camera, they faded some bits out, they'd cut different bits in and out and I was really amazed with how excellent they were - I was really surprised."

Update: Thanks to the UK Film Councilopens in new window Press Office for pointing out that WireImageopens in new window has posted some imagesopens in new window from the Awards ceremony, although unfortunately none of them include Kenneth or Emma.

In fact, the Editor of Empire Onlineopens in new window has confirmed that Emma didn't actually attend yesterday's Awards ceremony, even though she did serve as a judge for the event.

Update II: The UK Film Councilopens in new window Press Office was kind enough to send me some additional pics of the Awards ceremony, which you can see hereopens in new window. They also informed me that each juror was sent copies of the films for the category they were judging, and then given time to review and decide which they preferred - which explains why many of the jurors (including Emma) weren't present for the actual ceremonies, and that their messages were broadcast at the ceremony.


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