Sparks Filmmakers Win at CIFFOW 2023

Young filmmakers from Sparks Film Schools are celebrating another year of success at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales!

We’re delighted to share our congratulations with young film students from Sparks Film Schools in Hove and in Guildford, as well as to filmmakers from Sparks Film School Teesside & North Yorkshire. Film productions by the young film crews was featured as part of the CIFFOW screening programme and also received nominations for a range of awards.

Films by the young crews were selected for screening at the festival, which celebrates the work of young filmmakers from all over the world. Over the weekend, they were watched by audiences of all ages at Bedwelty House and Park, with the festival culminating in a fantastic awards ceremony.


Filmmakers from Sparks Film School in Hove successfully defended their last year’s title, with crew members winning the prize of Best Film (Ages 7-12) for their film Treelings. In 2023, filmmakers from Sparks Hove also won the Best Film prize for their film A Spy Through Time.

Filmmakers from Sparks Film School in Guildford also won in the category for Best Team Effort for their production Assassin.

Sparks Film School Teesside & North Yorkshire, one of the newest Sparks Film Schools in the UK, had an incredible 4 films selected for inclusion, along with several nominations too.

We’re so proud of everyone involved in making these film productions and thrilled to see all their hard work, talent, creativity and commitment recognised at such a busy and competitive film festival. Well done to all of you!


The Children’s International Film Festival of Wales celebrates the best and brightest in International film programmes for children, students, and professional filmmakers from across the world. This includes short films, feature films, animations, and films that inspires younger generations.

The CIFFOW festival showcases films made by youth and professionals in animation, live-action, and documentary, while local filmmakers have a special category to aid in supporting local talent. The festival not only features amazing films, but a wonderful Red Carpet awards night to celebrate the films that have been selected and nominated for the 2023 Festival.

The festival promotes visual storytelling for children of all ages and welcomes individuals, schools, media academies, colleges, and professional film makers to submit their films.

The festival welcomes stories from all genres including: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, and the absolute best in age-appropriate films. The selection panel and judges look for creative uniqueness, and the best in fiction and non-fiction.

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Watch the Films

Take a look at some of the films that were featured as part of the festival…

Treelings – Sparks Film School Hove

Treelings, by young filmmakers from Sparks Film School Hove, won Best Film for Ages 7-12 at this year’s CIFFOW festival! Treelings also received nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Effects and Music.

Assassin – Sparks Film School Guildford

Assassin by young filmmakers from Sparks Film School in Guildford won Best Team Effort at this year’s CIFFOW festival! Crews from Sparks Film School Guildford also received two nominations for Best Supporting Actor and another for Best Actor too.

Medieval Consequences – Sparks Film School Teesside & North Yorkshire

Medieval Consequences – by young filmmakers from Sparks Film Schools in Yarm, Nunthorpe & Northallerton – was one of FOUR films made by the young crews selected or inclusion at this year’s CIFFOW festival!

Success at CIFFOW 2023, not to mention CIFFOW 2022, is just one of the film festivals that Sparks Film School students have taken part in.

Students from Sparks Film Schools all around the UK have been involved in film festivals all over the world…

About Sparks Film Schools

Sparks Film Schools help young filmmakers to realise their ambitions, to develop their skills and creativity, and to shine.

From our 30+ film schools around the UK, we work with young filmmakers aged between 5-18.

We offer filmmaking and animation classes, along with courses during school holidays, after school club programmes and special events. We love to welcome aspiring young filmmakers to free trial sessions.

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