Childnet Film Competition 2016

Childnet love to celebrate the positive things that young people are doing online that’s why each year they hold a film competition which showcases young people’s creativity and understanding of e-Safety issues. The theme for 2016 is about how we can all make a positive difference online by supporting young people to ‘shine online’.

Primary aged young people (7 – 11) are invited to create a 60 second film in response to the theme:

Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute film in response to the theme:

For both age groups Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which reflect a positive and inspiring message. This might include comedy, animation, music, an advert, campaign or documentary. It’s entirely up to you and your pupils!  All you have to do is make sure that the completed film reaches Childnet by Monday 13th June.

To celebrate the young people’s amazing work, shortlisted finalists will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where the winners in both categories will be revealed by the judges and will be awarded great prizes!

To find out more and download the resource packs for primary and secondary visit:

Important dates

  • Competition closes: Friday 13th June 2016
  • Finalists notified: Monday 20th June 2016
  • Finalists’ event: Monday 18th July 2016

Make sure you visit Childnet’s blog for updates as they will be sharing top tips for filmmakers, blogs from past winners and will be announcing more information about judges and the prizes that can be won for schools.

In the meantime why watch this film from last year’s primary category winner, Herbie, about his Childnet Film Competition experience.


To inspire young people to help others stay safe online Childnet also want to encourage schools to share their film competition stories on social media using the hashtag #shineonline.  Whether this is a message about what you’re up to, a picture from the creative process or even and a tip from the young filmmakers, share your post with us at:

Twitter: @childnet

Facebook: Childnet International

Or email: and Childnet can share it for you!

Note: If you are a school wanting to share your clips on social media please be aware that the posts must come from a school’s account and have the required permissions/consents. Childnet will be unable to share content which has been sent by an individual.

Let’s help all young people #shineonline!

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