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Deaf teenagers shortlisted in mini oscars
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet will judge the Northern Ireland film
A film produced by a group of deaf teenagers from Belfast has been shortlisted in the Mini Oscars.

Holywood actress Kate Winslet and director Alan Parker will be judging the horror movie - Lil' Red - for awards which are announced next month.

The movie was made by the young deaf people working with The National Deaf Children's Society.

The short film has been nominated in the Best Horror category of the First Light Movies Awards 2007.

Lil' Red is described as "a contemporary version of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood".

The modern take on the famous tale involves internet chat rooms and teenage relationships, enveloped in a dark twist.

The filmmakers, aged between 13 and 18, made the film using 4,000 of National Lottery funding through a First Light Movies Pilot Award.

It was produced by BBC Blast in conjunction with NCDS and First Light.

First Light Movies Chief Executive Pip Eldridge said: "We're amazed by the quality of this year's First Light Movies Awards nominees. They prove that the next generation of UK filmmakers is thriving.

"This level of talent means this year's awards should be particularly memorable and I'm really looking forward to the ceremony."

Other members of this year's judging team include actress Minnie Driver, Stormbreaker star Alex Pettyfer and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.

Winners will be announced at a red-carpet event in London on 27 February.




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