Young film critic wows academy

Budding film critic bowls over BAFTA judges with her Shrek painting.

BUDDING film critic Ana Duarte bowled over a panel of judges with her colourful depiction of her favourite character, Shrek.

Ana, eight, of Carpenters School in Stratford, was one of three runners up in her category at the National Young Film Critics’ Awards 2010, held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Piccadilly last week.

Lisa Somerville, assistant head at Carpenters, said: “We were delighted to hear that Ana had been nominated from thousands of entries for her picture depicting Shrek Ever After.

“We were all excited by the prospect of experiencing the awards and we were not disappointed, it was great.”

The ceremony was part of Film Education’s National Schools Film Week, the world’s largest schools film festival.

During the festival, which ran last week, pupils and teachers attended free screenings of films linked to elements of the curriculum.

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