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The competition is exclusively for young people based in the Royal Opera House Bridge region, covering Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and North Kent*.
Entries will be based around the concept of ‘A Sense of Place’ and encourage young people to explore ideas around their home, school and local area. The films will be judged by professionals from the industry and awarded against Best Story; Best Look; Best Idea and Best Sound.
Find out how to enter here. The deadline for submissions is Monday 02 July.
We are excited to have developed this competition and are keen to support our young filmmakers as the future of film education is given a boost with the Into Film project. This project is a key part of the BFI’s Film Education Strategy for 5 to 19-year-olds.
Working alongside partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Into Film is delivering a wide range of activities to encourage watching, making and understanding of film. The project will deliver a film education programme into the 26,700 schools in the UK, to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film. The aim is to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.
If you are looking for funding to support filmmaking activity with young people, Into Film also have a grant programme to support learning related to watching, making and understanding film. Organizations can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to create two short films as part of the project.
Over the last two years, as a Bridge, we have helped organizations tap into £35,000 of funding to understand, support and develop film education across our area. This funding has been part of a wider grant from the Department for Education to encourage increased engagement and participation for children and young people in film.
We want this competition to inspire young people to become active in creating and making film and we aim to give young people a chance to express their opinions and ideas, allowing space to explore what ‘a sense of place’ means to them. As a Bridge organisation, we want to encourage and enable young people to experience all aspects of the creative process from coming up with the initial idea to filming, directing and editing a final product.
*Swale, Medway, Gravesham and Dartford.