Childnet Film Competition Winners

Young people shine online as Childnet announce the winners of the Childnet Film Competition 2016


Childnet Shine OnlineWinning films to be used as internet safety resources for schools.

E-safety charity, Childnet, announced the winners of their seventh annual film competition at a private screening held for the shortlisted schools and industry guests at the BFI Southbank.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BBFC and the BFI, the two winning schools and the four other finalists will now see their films used as internet safety resources to educate other young people about how to use the internet positively and safely.

Internet Safety and Security Minster Baroness Joanna Shields said:

“The Childnet Film Competition celebrates the positive power of the internet by encouraging young people to take an active role in inspiring each other to leverage the internet for good.

Initiatives like the Childnet Film Competition are incredibly effective at championing internet safety in schools and amongst peers. By encouraging young people to work together, the competition helps empower them to use online mediums to shape a better future for themselves. Congratulations to all of the participants. You are all winners!”

Childnet Education Projects Officer, Becky Nancarrow, said:

“This year’s film competition theme, ‘shine online’, was all about inspiring young people to use the internet for good. Today we not only saw the time and dedication that has gone into creating these films but the passion young people have for creating a better internet for everyone. It’s great then that the young people’s films will continue to have an even wider impact, as they become resources for schools and youth groups to use to educate young people about using the internet positively”.

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. This year, the film competition invited young people to think about how we can all make a positive difference online by supporting young people to ‘shine online’.

With over 120 entries across the two categories, primary and secondary, 5 schools and 1 youth group attended the finalist’s event at the BFI in London before seeing their films on the big screen.

The films were judged by Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children's at the BBC, Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at the BFI Southbank, Keith Chirozva, Childnet Film Competition secondary category winner 2015 and David Austin OBE, Chief Executive at the BBFC, who said:

“Film is an inspiring medium for all ages and for children in particular it brings to life important messages and in making their own films, it allows them to express themselves in a less conventional way than say writing an essay in the classroom. Engaging children in this way creates a memorable experience and helps them take on board ideas and information. On behalf of all the judges I would like to congratulate the Childnet Film Competition winners and the finalist’s on creating fantastic educational resources that will be used in classrooms across the country.”

Taking home the top prize of film equipment for their school was Arundale Primary School winning the primary school entry with “Times have changed” and Wren Academy taking home the top prize for their entry “Hash and Tag” in the secondary category.

Hollie a young person from Arundale Primary School said "It was amazing! A once in a lifetime opportunity. If you get the chance don't turn it down. Thank you Childnet for organising this life changing event."

Jude from Wren Academy said "There's nothing like seeing your film on a screen. Everyone should get involved it's an amazing experience."

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

Written by Childnet International on July 22, 2016 11:04

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.

Prizes
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 film@childnet.com to request an information pack.

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

    If you would like to register a group of talented young people you know, then please send an email to film@childnet.com. 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 film@childnet.com to request an information pack.

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

    If you would like to register a group of talented young people you know, then please send an email to film@childnet.com. 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


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