AN ASPIRING young filmmaker is set to walk the red-carpet, after receiving nomination for a prestigious award.
Polly Margesson, aged 14 and from Bordon, has been nominated for Best Animation at the Into Film Awards for her film, Small Change.
Described as her “biggest project yet”, Small Change follows the journey of a £5 note, as it passes from person to person.
Taking part in “plenty of chores to save up the money for a hue camera”, Polly also raided the recycling bin for materials to use.
Speaking of her inspiration for entering, the Weydon School student said her initial interest peaked after being introduced to stop motion in school, aged eight.
“When I got home, I downloaded an animation app. My first ever animation was of a cheesecake being ‘mysteriously’ eaten.
“From there, I discovered that I could use things like Playmobil and Lego, then gradually found my way to making my own characters from clay and various things around the house. As a result of this, when I found the Into Film awards and realised that there was an animation category, it seemed like the perfect thing to do, so I did it.”
Continuing, she said: “When I finally submitted Small Change, I didn’t seriously consider being nominated, so I was really surprised and excited when we got the email.
“It means a lot, because it encourages me to keep going with film-making and animation.
“I’ve often thought about wanting to work for Aardman Animations in the future, and so being recognised and nominated for this award helps me realise that it might actually happen someday.”
The Into Film Awards aims at showcasing young talent in film and education. Now in its sixth year, the upcoming ceremony is set to be hosted by TV-star David Walliams.
Taking place on Wednesday, March 18, at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, other nominated films include subjects such as the impact of plastic waste and self-improvement.
To watch Polly’s film, see: vimeo.com/385431713