FirstLight, the UK Film Council's initiative for young filmmakers, presented itsawards in London today. The winners were TheEnchanted Gourd by East Riding School Improvement Service for bestanimation, Come Play by Calling theShots for best horror, Ice House byCre8 Studios for best thriller, Babes byAll Change Arts for best documentary, ARight Mayor by Intuition PPIMS forbest comedy, The Loneliness of aSpot-kick Penalty Taker by Living Derwent forbest screenplay, and Innocent Realityby Renfrewshire Arts for best drama.

The Law ofAverages by Barrhead High School won the special projects awardfor Big Screen Science, supported in part by the WellcomeTrust.

Among the age categories, best film by 12s and under went to No Joy by Showroom Cinema, with the13-and-over prize going to Walking andTalking by 104 Films.

Presenters at the awards ceremony included directors AnthonyMinghella, Gurinder Chadha, and Amma Asante, producer Duncan Kenworthy,and actors Nicholas Hoult and James Purefoy.

Judges for the awards included actors Daniel Craig andMartin Freeman and David Attenborough.

The scheme started in 2001 to encourage young filmmakersaged 7 to 18.