Open to all UK schools and youth organisations, the eighth annual Childnet film competition invites young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect the chosen theme. The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of participants.
- Primary aged young people (7 – 11) are invited to create a 60 second film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – It starts with us’, looking at how young people can work together to make the internet a great and safe place.
- Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – We’re online for good’, looking at what are young people doing to have a positive effect online.
For both age groups Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which reflect a positive and inspiring message. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music and are encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.
The judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, inspiring and have a clear message. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award their creative achievements!
To inspire young people to help others stay safe online, entrants are being encouraged to share their film competition stories on social media using the hashtag #bethechange. Whether this is a message about the issues being explored, a picture from the creative process or even a tip from the young filmmakers, schools and youth organisations can share their updates with @Childnet.
- Competition closes Monday 12th June 2017 (5pm)
- Finalists notified Monday 19th June 2017
- Screening and finalist’s event at the BFI Monday 3rd July 2017