2017 Childnet Film Competition finalists announced!

20 Jun 2017 Becca Cawthorne

We are delighted to announce the six finalists of the Childnet Film Competition! The finalists come from around the UK and will find out where they have placed in their categories at the finalists event in BFI London on the 3rd of July.

This is the eighth annual Childnet Film Competition inviting young people aged 7-16 years to create short films to inspire their peers to use technology safely, responsibly and positively. Harnessing the positive power of digital creativity, the project gives young people an opportunity to take the lead in educating and empowering young people in their school and across the UK. The Childnet Film competition is delivered as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer Internet Centre.

The Finalists


The three finalists in the Primary category are:

Denbigh Primary, Fairfields Primary School and Nursery, and St Michael in the Hamlet Community Primary School.

Each of the primary finalists created great films around the theme:  ‘Be the change – It starts with us’.


The three finalists in the secondary category are:

Holy Trinity College, Dover College, and St Bernards High School.

Each of the secondary finalists created films around the theme: ‘Be the change – We’re online for good’

The Films

All of the finalists entries will premiere on the big screen at the BFI Southbank on the 3rd of July and will then be available online to educate other young people about how to be a positive change online! 

The Judges

Judging the finalists’ films is our panel of experts. These are members of industry who will look out for films which are the most creative, are closest to the theme and have a clear message. Deciding this year’s winners will be:

David Austin OBE – Chief Executive, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

Joanna van der Meer – Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer, BFI Southbank

Catherine McAllister – Lead for online safety and Head of Safeguarding in the Children’s department, BBC

The standard of entries this year were extremely high and we would like to thank all of the schools who entered. The Childnet Film competition will be open again for entries next year so keep an eye out for news on our social media and website.

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