Categories and Criteria for entry

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  1. Entries to the competition will be in three categories:
  • Years 4/5
  • Years 7/8
  • Years 9/10
  1. Only one entry in each participation category per Eligible School will be accepted. This can either be a school/class team entry or an individual entry selected by the school for submission.
  2. There will be one winner from each participation category, chosen by a panel of judges.
  3. The scripting, filming, and editing of the video must be carried out by the participant/s. Parents, adults, and/or mentors can support with organisation and resources and must ensure the film content complies with copyright terms.
  4. All content must be original without any plagiarism or liabilities. The participants are responsible for all copyright issues and therefore any music, video or still images must be cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright/royalty-free.
  5. Content submitted must not:
  • be defamatory, abusive or offensive; infringe the copyright, moral right, performing rights, rights of privacy, trademark or other proprietary right of any third party or constitute a misuse of any confidential information of a third party.
  • promote any activity unsuitable for a child or that has an age restriction that excludes children.
  • advertise, promote or endorse any specific products or services.
  • adversely affect the reputation of the Council or its partners;
  • be false or misleading;
  • contain software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to affect the functionality of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment.
  1. All filming that is carried out must be carried out in line with the Buckinghamshire Council’s Filming Code of Practice
  2. All filming activity must be covered by the School’s Local Plan Risk Assessment, or a specific Risk Assessment must be written. Risk Assessments are the sole responsibility of the School.
  3. No filming should take place without the landowner/manager’s written permission (please note if filming on rented property you will also need the landlord’s consent).
  4. No filming can take place on roads or highways, in moving vehicles, using animals, using real or fake weapons, depicting violence, using special effects or fires, nudity, using on or off-street parking or blocking any footpath.
  5. No permissions will be granted by the Council for filming in Council-owned or managed buildings (i.e., libraries, car parks etc) for the competition.
  6. Submissions for years 7/8 and 9/10 can apply to film in public spaces such as pedestrianised town centres, footpaths, and council-owned/managed parks under the following conditions:
  • Application is submitted to the Buckinghamshire Film Office 10 working days prior to the planned shoot.
  • The school provides Public Liability Insurance for £10,000,000.00 (ten million pounds) together with an appropriate Risk Assessment covering the activities.
  • All filming is supervised by an appropriate adult to ensure the Risk Assessment is adhered to.
  • Cast/Crew is limited to 10 people and all crew must wear high-visibility clothing.
  • All equipment is handheld, and no objects including props are placed on paths.
  • Filming must not obstruct others from carrying out their business.
  • Be considerate of people’s right to privacy when filming in public spaces, please review Filming Consent Guidance and plan accordingly.
  • No filming in public spaces, business or residential areas outside of social hours i.e. before 8 am and after 10 pm.
  • Depending on requirements and locations, the Film Office may require consultation to be carried out to make local residents/businesses aware of the planned activities.

NB: Be realistic with the script, consider the time and locations that are available to you for filming. Private land/property owners may expect some form of payment even for student productions.

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