How to enter

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  1. A registration form must be completed by 19 December 2023 with the terms and conditions accepted by the member of staff nominated by the school as the Competition Lead.
  2. You will need to share your video entry via WeTransfer and provide the appropriate links in the submission form.
  3. The submission must include a completed Body of Persons Individual Performance form which must include the full names, date of birth and postcode of each child together with a list of the dates, times and locations for any rehearsal or performance which takes place outside of school property or out of school hours together with a copy of the Schools Child Protection Policy.
  4. The closing date of the competition will be 5.00 p.m. on 25 March 2024; any entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  5. By entering the competition, the school confirms it has ensured that children are of the appropriate age for the category of their entry; and has obtained parent/guardian/carer consent for the participation and entry into the competition by all those under 18 years of age.
  6. More information on how to submit final films will be provided to all registered schools.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Inclusivity and Representation: Emphasize the importance of diverse representation in front of and behind the camera. Films should showcase characters, stories, and crews that reflect a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  2. Storytelling and Originality: Assess the effectiveness of the narrative and storytelling techniques. Encourage participants to tell unique and engaging stories that captivate the audience.
  3. Technical Excellence: Evaluate the technical aspects of the film, including cinematography, sound, and editing. Recognize films that demonstrate skill and creativity in these areas, regardless of equipment limitations.
  4. Creativity and Innovation: Reward imaginative approaches to filmmaking. Encourage participants to think outside the box and experiment with innovative storytelling methods.
  5. Character Development and Depth: Evaluate the depth and complexity of the characters. Look for well-rounded protagonists and supporting characters that contribute to the overall narrative.
  6. Social Impact and Message: Consider the positive messages or social issues addressed in the film. Films that raise awareness, inspire change or promote empathy should be acknowledged.
  7. Resourcefulness: Recognize creative solutions and adaptability, especially when dealing with limited resources. Encourage participants to make the most of what they have.
  8. Production Value: Assess the production values, such as set design, costume, and makeup. Encourage participants to pay attention to detail and craftsmanship.
  9. Engagement and Emotional Connection: Evaluate how effectively the film captures and maintains the audience's attention. Look for films that connect emotionally with viewers.
  10. Overall Impact and Inspiration: Consider the overall impact of the film on the viewer and its potential to inspire.

Entries will not be judged on production quality/values. We want the competition to be open to all without the need for a specialist kit.

The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

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