Childnet launches 10th annual film competition

The film competition, in partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre, encourages young people to create a film about online safety

The 10th annual film competition from Childnet and the UK Safer Internet Centre tasks children aged 7–18 to create a short film about e-safety.

This year’s competition theme is ‘Our future online: what can we all do to make our future internet a great and safe place’.


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Schools and youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants, and there are two age categories.

The primary category is open to those aged 7–11, and requires entrants to create a 60-second film. The secondary category is for 11–18-year-olds, and requires a two-minute film.

Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, and show how young people can make a difference online. Different film styles including comedy, animation and music are welcomed, as well as various approaches to filmmaking, such as adverts, campaigns or documentaries.

Will Gardner OBE, Childnet CEO and director, UK Safer Internet Centre said: “We know that young people can play an important role in helping to address some of the risks and challenges of the online world. The Childnet Film Competition provides a platform for young people to do exactly this. Our theme this year, ‘Our future online’ gives young people the opportunity to play an active part in creating a better internet. We look forward to seeing the creativity that children and young people across the UK will undoubtedly demonstrate.”

Our theme this year, ‘Our future online’ gives young people the opportunity to play an active part in creating a better internet.
Will Gardner OBE, Childnet

Each application must include entry and media consent forms, which can be found on the website alongside information about copyright that should be considered by participants.

Shortlisted films will be shown on the big screen at the Childnet Film Competition 2019 event at the BFI London Southbank, and will receive a BBFC rating.

Each of the competition winners will also receive a filmmaking kit for their school, including a DSLR camera, tripod, and clapperboard.

The competition’s judging panel includes:

• Catherine McAllister, head of safeguarding and child protection at BBC Children’s
• David Austin OBE, chief executive of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
• Joanna van der Meer, film tutor and family learning programmer at BFI Southbank
• Lisa Prime, children’s events programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

First entries can be submitted from 25 February, and the closing date is 10 June. All finalists will be notified by 19 June.


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The finalists’ event and screening will take place at the BFI on 2 July.

To enter, please email film@childnet.com to request an information pack. More information, including school packs can be found at childnet.com/film-comp