Childnet Film Competition - Deadline for entries 13th June

All primary and secondary schools as well as youth organisations across the UK are encouraged to make a film about using the internet positively

Childnet Film Competition 2016The Childnet annual film competition is now open to school children and students aged 7 – 18!

This year’s theme is all about how we can all make a positive difference online by supporting young people to ‘shine online’.

The team at Childnet have created a list of top tips for film making:

  1. Think – Think about the purpose of your story and what you want to say.

  2. Plan – Decide the style and genre of your film. Will it be a drama, documentary, animation, commercial or music video? Decide what equipment you will use to shoot your film.

  3. Plot – What’s your story going to be about? Prepare your script, storyboard or improvisation.

  4. People – Who’s going to be in your film? Who will your actors be? Who will you interview for your documentary and what models could you make if choosing to use animation?

  5. Film – Get creative but always remember to frame your shots and record any audio clearly. Always watch back and listen to what you’ve just shot in case you need to re-shoot! Try using a mix of wide, medium and close up shots to make it more interesting.

  6. Edit – Piece together your film and keep within the competition time frame. Make sure your story is clear with its message. If using music, be aware of copyright law!

  7. Send it in - Make sure your masterpiece is sent in by your teacher or youth leader and reaches Childnet by Monday 13th June 2016 either by DVD/ USB or electronically.

There are some fantastic prizes to be won. This year the finalists in each category will each receive a film based prize package for their school. The first prize package includes:

  • Canon DSLR camera
  • Tripod
  • Mic
  • Clapperboard
  • Animation rig
  • Lights
  • Camera case
  • Reflector
  • Finalist's event
    The winners for each category will be announced at the finalist's event on 18th July.

    Each year hundreds of primary and secondary schools and youth organisations across the UK submit their internet safety films to the Childnet Film Competition. From those entries the Childnet team choose the top 3 entries in each category, these become our finalists. These finalists are invited to attend a private screening at the BFI.

    All the finalists’ films are shown on the big screen and the young people are given an opportunity to share what they learnt and enjoyed most about making their films.

    How to enter
    To enter the Childnet Film Competition please send an email to to request an information pack.

    If you would like any more information, or find out more and download the schools packs visit

    If you would like to register a group of talented young people you know, then please send an email to Don't forget, the closing date for entries is Monday 13th June 2016 at 5pm.

    Written by Childnet International on May 26, 2016 11:15

    Childnet Film Competition 2016

    Childnet launch the 7th Childnet Film Competition

    Childnet Film Competition 2016E-safety charity, Childnet, have launched the 7th Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

    With the aim of celebrating the positive things that young people are doing online, the competition showcases young people’s creativity and their understanding of online safety issues.

    As Becky Nancarrow, Education Projects Officer at Childnet said, "we know that young people are powerful agents in creating a better internet and inspiring other young people to use the internet for good. The Childnet Film Competition is a great way for schools to inspire young people to take the lead in educating their peers about staying safe online whilst equipping them with the skills they need to become confident digital creators.”

    This year’s theme is all 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: 'Shine Online' - Tell us how you're using the internet positively

    Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute film in response to the theme: ‘Shine Online’ – How can you make a positive difference 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. Or how about creating an advert, campaign or documentary? The top three films in each category will be invited to a private screening at the BFI in London and the winners will be awarded film kits for their school.

    To inspire young people to help others stay safe online, schools are being encouraged 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 film makers, schools can share their updates with @Childnet.

    Important dates:
    1. Competition closes Monday 13th June 2016
    2. Finalists notified Monday 20th June 2016
    3. Screening and finalist’s event at the BFI Monday 18th July 2016

    To enter the Childnet Film Competition please send an email to to request an information pack.

    If you would like any more information, or find out more and download the schools packs visit

    If you would like to register a group of talented young people you know, then please send an email to Don't forget, the closing date for entries is Monday 13th June 2016 at 5pm.

    Written by Childnet International on April 25, 2016 12:37

    Childnet Film Competition Winners 2015

    E-safety charity, Childnet, announce winners of the Childnet Film Competition 2015 in association with PhonepayPlus - Winning films to be used as Internet safety resources for schools

    E-safety Childnet Film WinnersUK children’s charity, Childnet International, announced the winners of their sixth annual film competition at a private screening held at the BFI Southbank earlier this week.

    Judged by a panel of experts from the BBFC, BFI, PhonepayPlus and beauty vlogger, Lily Pebbles, the three winning schools and the six other finalists will now see their films used as Internet safety resources to educate other young people about how to use the Internet safely.

    Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

    "The Internet is a tremendously powerful tool that is changing the way our children learn and stay in touch but we cannot afford to be complacent about the risks - the dangers of the virtual world are no less pressing than those in the real world.”

    “And it’s through initiatives like the Childnet Film Competition that we can make sure children really harness all the opportunities that the Internet provides while at the same time giving them the information and tools they need to protect themselves online. Well done to all of those who have taken part.”

    As Childnet Education Projects Officer, Becky Nancarrow, said:

    “This year’s film competition has been truly inspiring! Today we were able to celebrate the achievements of the 9 finalists who have met the challenge set by the competition amazingly well, addressing many of the key issues young people face online in a fun, creative and positive way. But it doesn’t end there! Now the young people’s films will have an even wider impact, as the films become resources for schools and youth groups to use to educate young people about staying safe online”.

    Founded in 2010 as a way of asking young people to focus on positive use of the Internet, the Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their Internet safety messages in a short film. For 2015, secondary schools were given the opportunity to illustrate another part of their digital lives, as UK regulator PhonepayPlus teamed up with Childnet to introduce the PhoneBrain category.

    With over 130 entries across the three categories, primary, secondary and PhoneBrain, 8 schools and 1 youth group attended the shortlisted event where there films were shown on the big screen.

    E-safety Childnet Film WinnersTaking home the top prize of film equipment for their school was Ludworth Primary School winning the primary school entry with ‘Chips and Bangs’. Weavers Academy took home the top prize for their entry ‘We have a choice to make a better Internet’ in the secondary category and the PhoneBrain Category was won by Willow Bank School for their film ‘Mummy I wuv you’.

    Martin Stamper from Ludworth Primary School said:

    “As a school we loved the opportunity to give our children an outlet for their creativity which could possibly be seen on a nationwide level. We had no idea it would lead to the day we have just had. Thanks!”

    Creator of the secondary school winning film from Weavers Academy, Keith, said:

    “When I heard about the film competition, I saw it as an opportunity to do what I love. It was special to me because as someone who isn’t really keen on sports and a lot of after/outside of school activities it felt really good to be part of something big! Also, the fact that I’ve actually won 1st place makes every second I put into the making of the animation worth it.”

    Steve Pepper from Willow Bank School said:

    “The film competition was a great opportunity to get across an important message! Nobody realises how much more is being taken from the young and vulnerable – it’s great to get the word out.”

    The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition can be viewed here

    Written by Childnet International on July 15, 2015 13:13

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