Palma.—Aspiring actors and film-makers from the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Majorca have had their short film selected from hundreds of nationwide entries to be shown at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End.

This prestigious event has seen the Pauline Quirke Academy partner with Empire Cinemas to showcase the very best film-making talent from across their 45 academies in the UK and Europe. Students at PQA receive training every Saturday in film & television alongside modules in musical theatre and comedy & drama and students worked for many months writing, shooting, acting and editing their short films for the competition.

Entries were judged by a host of industry professionals, including actors, film producers and TV directors as well as representatives from both PQA and Empire Cinemas. “The quality of these films is simply outstanding,” said Pauline Quirke. “The students have worked incredibly hard on these projects and it's so exciting to see how they've used the techniques of television and film to tell some brilliant stories.” Paul Baxter, Operations Director of Empire Cinemas added, “It's great to be showcasing some of the young talent that PQA are nurturing at their academies. We very much share PQA's vision of making film-making accessible to all and recreating the magic of cinema for all to enjoy. I think the students are going to be blown away when they see themselves on the huge screen at Empire Leicester Square!” This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Sunday November 11th will see students walk down the red carpet in Leicester Square, just like the Hollywood stars, before watching the winning films up on the big screen at the awards ceremony, hosted by Pauline Quirke herself at The Empire Leicester Square.

Rachael Prior, Principal of PQA Majorca said, “I'm incredibly proud of what the students here have achieved. Everyone had enormous fun making the short films and for their hard work to be recognised and shown at the best and most famous cinema in the UK is simply amazing.”