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Forget the BAFTAS - last chance to vote for the LAFTAS
13 - 21 year olds in the UK showcase their multilingual talent

Over 160 entries have been received for The Languages and Film Talent Awards (LAFTAS), a competition for 13-21 year olds, run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages. Over the course of the competition, CILT asked young people to send in two-minute videos showing why languages are important. The shortlist has now been drawn up and specialist language board, are showcasing the chosen finalists and asking the public to cast their “People’s Vote”

The winner of the ‘People’s Vote’ will receive a special prize sponsored by at the LAFTAs awards ceremony, taking place in London on 25 September 2008. Judges will include world-renowned journalist and broadcaster, Sir Trevor McDonald and Emmy award winning, bi-lingual comedian Eddie Izzard.

CILT received over 160 entries from all across the UK, showing why we need languages: from being lost in a foreign country, to meeting the love of your life, to being attacked by sharks, cannibals or dragons…

There are so many career opportunities for young people with a language skill” says Miranda Reid, Associate Director of “We live in a shrinking world, where businesses of all sizes can operate in international markets – markets where languages and intercultural skills are key. The more we can do, therefore, to encourage language learning at school in the UK, the better prepared our business leaders of tomorrow will be”.

Cast your vote now by going to and clicking on the yellow LAFTAS icon

Tracey dunn
BlueSky PR
Tel: 0845 3700125

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