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Sarah Barton Award

The Sarah Barton Award commemorates the life of Sarah Barton, a participant in the Northern Stars Fiction Academy 2012 who died suddenly on the 3rd of August 2013, aged just 17.

In her time with Northern Stars, Sarah proved herself to be a passionate and knowledgeable film lover who worked tirelessly in her role as production designer on the film Taxi Driver, Actually. She was a quiet and thoughtful individual, who was clearly very excited to be making a film with a group of peers as part of the programme and outside of Northern Stars her ambition was to become a film editor.

The award will be made each year to a young woman from the Northern Stars Fiction Academy who, through their dedication and hard work in the programme, demonstrates a talent for, and commitment to, filmmaking. The award will consist of a personal development package tailored to the needs of the recipient with the aim being to give them a unique opportunity to help elevate them to the next level of their progression as a filmmaker.

Sarah Barton Award: Inaugural Recipient Announced


Caitlin Ivory – pictured above  with Mark Dobson, Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema – was chosen as the first recipient of the Sarah Barton Award at the Fiction Academy 2013 Gala Screening.