Crouch End schoolboy scoops Into Film award in star-studded ceremony

Actresses Rosie Day and Georgina Campbell with prizewinner Jude. Picture: GETTY IMAGES FOR INTO FILM

Actresses Rosie Day and Georgina Campbell with prizewinner Jude. Picture: GETTY IMAGES FOR INTO FILM - Credit: Archant

Crouch End pupil Jude Rogers beat stiff competition to win an award for his film at BFI Southbank.

The 13-year-old’s stop-motion animation film Ashta and the Dragon won the best animation in the 13 and over category at the Into Film Awards 2018 last Tuesday 13 March.

Jude said: “I was really nervous. My heart was beating. When they said my name I was so shocked.”

The film’s plot revolves around a boy who meets a dragon called Gruff and comes face to face with a ‘dark force’.

The Wren Academy schoolboy began with the challenge of fitting a feature film into only one minute. It took him two months to shoot the 60 second piece, taking 24 pictures for each second of footage.

“What I want to do is inspire everyone. In the future I really want to have an animation company like Aardman.” said Jude, who thanked his parents in his speech.