Louise Cade is one of three young people from across the UK nominated in the category at the Education Charity Awards which take place at the end of this month.
The 17-year-old, who just finished S6 at Larbert High, was nominated as someone “with the potential to do bigger things in the film industry” having already created a range of action shorts, of documentaries and animation tackling everything from climate change to working from home during the pandemic.
This year’s Into Film Awards feature a range of unique stories and talents that show the unprecedented challenges young people have faced in recent weeks.
The Ones to Watch category that Louise is shortlisted for is run in partnership with the BFI Film Academy, and although there can only be one winner of the £1,000 cash prize, all three will receive mentorship from the industry.
Speaking about her nomination, she said, “It’s quite amazing because from the descriptions of the other two nominees, they seem very impressive and they’ve accomplished a lot.
“It’s an honor to be in the same category as them.
“It’s a great motivation before going to university.”
Louise plans to go to Napier University in Edinburgh to pursue a degree in film studies and says her interest in film started earlier in high school.
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She said: “It started in my S1 English class when we were asked to write an essay on The Avengers.
“After grading it, my teacher said ‘you should join the media studies class in S2’ – which I did and have been interested in ever since.
“The teachers in the English and film department were very supportive and encouraging.
“I had thought about getting into game design, but when I realized I had to do some coding, the movie just looked a lot more fun.”
Over the past few years, Louise has been involved in several film projects, including taking on a role with the Into Film Youth Advisory Council and completing a BFI animation course which saw the project come to a virtual end due to the pandemic. .
Other short films she has made include one titled Time’s Ticking which had an environmental theme and was shortlisted at the Scottish Youth Film Festival.
And at school, she made films for the charity Cycling Without Age and one about the Strathcarron Hospice student recycling project.
Louise’s passion for film means she wants to continue her work in the future.
“I couldn’t think of any other world,” she said.
“I would love to be in the camera or art department doing cinematography or prop design.
“The absolute dream would be to work on the set of something like Derry Girls or Still Game.”
The Into Film Awards are the nation’s largest celebration of youth creativity and support the invaluable role film can play in education.
Louise will have to wait until June 28 to find out if she was successful, although she won’t be at the ceremony in person.
She added: “I would have loved to go, but unfortunately I can’t go.
“I’m going to follow him digitally, like so many things over the last few years.”