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The Revised Childnet Film Competition 2020 – Home education during COVID-19

As schools remain closed, we know that many families are looking for projects they can do that are fun, educational and that children can do independently.  To help with this we have redesigned the Childnet Film Competition for 2020.

Updated for use at home

You can now create great educational films as a home learning project, with categories that can also be used in school for those who are still attending school.

To make this work we have extended the closing date to 22nd June 2020 and created three brand new categories; one for solo entrants, one as a project for a group, and finally, a chance to create a storyboard and script.

All young people entering must focus their content on this year’s theme: We want an internet where we’re free to…

Taking a look at the new categories

To help young people get involved no matter what setting they are in, we have created these three new categories which can be entered by anyyoung people.

Solo category – where young people aged 7-18 can make their own film.

Group category - which could involve siblings, other family members or friend groups aged 3-18.

Storyboard category – young people aged 7-18 can create a short storyboard and script for a film idea.

What equipment do you need to enter?

The short answer – none!

The slightly longer answer – The key aim of the competition is to enable young people to learn about positive use of the internet and continue to create fantastic content to educate their peers.

As always, the films won’t be judged on the camera used or the audio quality, they are judged on the message and educational value.

We are encouraging young people to make a film using whatever technology they have available to them, whether that is a mobile phone, camera, tablet, or webcam.

We also understand that some young people may prefer to enter without using technology, so the new storyboard category means they can enter the competition with a script and storyboard for a short film.

How is the competition judged?

Once you have created your film or storyoard then it is time to send it to us. Please send all the files to us at film@childnet.com by 5pm on Monday 22nd June. Please do not post any entries, entry forms or consent forms this year. 

If your film is too large to email to us, you can share it with us by using sites like Dropbox and WeTransfer.  

All content will be judged by our prestigious judging panel, made up of David Austin (BBFC), Lisa Prime (BAFTA), Catherine McAllister (BBC) and Mark Reid (BFI).

KEY DATES:

  • Competition closes: 22nd June 2020
  • Finalists announced: 29th June 2020
  • Judges’ verdict: 3rd July 2020