The brand new awards show, solely dedicated to recognising and rewarding emerging talent, was a night of celebration of rising stars who impressed the audience with their exceptional work.
The event took place at the BFI Southbank and was hosted by Reggie Yates who entertained the audience with his energy and enthusiasm for both the films and the winners.
Full list of those lucky enough to walk away with a Young Arrow award here
Co-Chairs of the board of directors at The British Arrows, Clare Donald (Chief Production Officer at Publicis Groupe UK) and Jani Guest (CEO at Creators Inc), came up with the concept to extend the Arrows’ reach to celebrate emerging creative talents by shining a light across a variety of crafts and skill-sets.
The Young Arrows winners were decided by a jury made up of a cross section of top industry talent, headed up by Co-Chairs, Melody Sylvester Head of Film at Engine and Juliette Larthe EP and Co-Founding Partner UK at Prettybird.
Sylvester explains what the jury were looking for, “We were especially looking for distinctive voices, not more of the same. We wanted to see the ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. We hoped to see original takes on work that has the potential for a wide breadth of appeal. We were not disappointed.”
Larthe went on to say, “the competition was high, there was lots of debate, and it was great to hear the fresh voices in the jury room. The role of craft is to create work that resonates and our winners have certainly done that, we really hope these awards will help further those in their crafting infancy.”
The Young Arrows also supported young talent in the curation of the awards by employing emerging crew to cover various aspects of the initiative. These included Jack Field who created the animation for the ceremony and Dave Robinson from Ten Three who cut the opening sizzle reel - view sizzle here. Lily Alexander the event producer from TBI Media, Ella Barker from Talent Republic who recruited our host Reggie Yates. Ethan Day at Factory and Chris Christoforu and Joshua Gibbard from Siren who created and produced all of the sound requirements..
Field, who had been working with the Young Arrows team for 5 months on the graphics said, seeing my work on the big screen with the sound design and so many people watching was such a great feeling and one of the best things I’ve achieved.”
Lisa Lavender, Managing Director of The British Arrows was over the moon at the success of the first Young Arrows and commented, “what a celebration, it was incredible to receive such high calibre entries and all the winners were truly deserved. I can’t wait to see where their careers take them and I’m sure they’ll go on to win British Arrows in the future. Roll on the Young Arrows 2023”.