YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION 2020

CALLING YEARS 7-13!

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Never made a film? NOW is the time!

We are inviting YOU to make a SHORT FILM! It can be experimental, animation, fiction or documentary, on any subject of your choice – it just has to tell a STORY.

WIN the opportunity to meet industry professionals and have your film screened as part of the Chorleywood Film Festival on the 14th March 2019!

ENTRY INFORMATION:

  • Entry is open to anyone in years 7-13 years at school!
  • There are two entry categories: Years 7-9 and Years 10-13.
  • DEADLINE for submission is Monday 24th February 2020.
  • Enter as an individual or as a group (must be in the same entry category and each entrant must state their contribution).
  • The film MUST be your own work. (You can ask parents for help where appropriate.)
  • Films can be from 1-5 minutes long on a popular readable format (MP4, .WAV, .MOV etc).

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE:

(This is so we know who to look out for and can keep you updated!)

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Films that tell a STORY.
  • Films that are creative and resourceful with a no-to-low budget.
  • Entrants who have thought about how all elements of their short film work together e.g. sound, edit etc.
  • Above all we want to see that you had fun and learnt from the experience!

SENDING US YOUR FILM

Popular formats – MP4, WAV, MOV etc.

PLEASE INCLUDE: 

  1. Your name/s (please include role/contribution to film)
  2. The title of your film
  3. Your year group
  4. Your school

Please send your film to cwfilmcomp@gmail.com via wetransfer (Maximum 2GB) or send a dropbox link. (Any issues please email cwfilmcomp@gmail.com).

ALL films will be screened at the Chorleywood Film Club Film Festival 14th March 2020 at the Chorleywood War Memorial Hall, Common Road, where the winners will be announced…

TOP TIPS

RESEARCH THE TYPE OF FILM YOU WANT TO MAKE

What made these films successful/what do you like about them/what inspiration can you take from them?

EXPERIMENTAL: Non-conventional ways of filming – usually relating to the arts e.g. performance, dance, art. Could be cross-genre and mixture of filming techniques.

ANIMATION: Stop-motion animation: 2D (e.g. paper cut-outs/drawing etc) or 3D (e.g. tactile objects/puppets or people etc). Or computer generated animation. This can be experimental or fiction.

FICTION: Tells a fictional story with actors (drama, comedy, horror etc).

DOCUMENTARY: Non-fictional; intended to document some element of reality (e.g. life events, family/friends, hobbies, nature, things that affect you etc.) You could even make a pseudo-documentary which takes the style of a documentary but is fictional.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY STORY? A story has a beginning, middle and end following a particular character or subject. At the beginning of your story you should establish the setting (which can be real or imaginary) and set up your characters or subjects (their wants/needs/purpose which drives the story). In the middle of the story usually something happens to the characters or subjects which is a turning point. This then leads us to the end where we should see whether or not the characters or subjects are successful or it could be left unknown.

PLANNING YOUR FILM

  • Generating ideas – think about your interests/films you like. Think what if…? Create a visual image page/mind map to help you discover a theme/style.
  • Draft out a script idea.
  • Use storyboards to plan how your film will fit together. STORYBOARD TEMPLATE
  • What will you film it on? Smart phone, video camera, stills camera, go pro, tablet etc… you decide!
  • Decide on location or set. If an animation how will you create your environment?
  • Who/what will be in your film? Actors, puppets, objects, animals, the environment, you etc.
  • If you are in a team who takes on what role?
  • Alternatively you may want go and explore with a camera, filming footage to edit later.

EDITING YOUR FILM

You can edit your film, add effects and sound etc. using software. Please do some research and maybe watch some tutorials.

What you could use to edit your film:

FREE (EASY TO USE): iMove (Mac only), Openshot (Windows and Mac), and Final Cut Pro (free 30 day trail Mac only).

FREE (MORE COMPLEX): Blender (Windows and Mac), Lightworks (Windows and Mac), Shotcut (Windows and Mac).

EDITING SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE PHONE: Splice (iOS), Quik (iOS and Android), Adobe Premiere Clip (iOS and Android), Horizon (iOS and Android).

FREE SOUND EFFECTS: BBC Sound Effects

SOME INSPIRATION:

(Parental guidance may be required):

Random Acts is a series of 3min short films for Channel 4 made by 18-25 year olds – NOTE these films were funded so please take this into consideration: http://randomacts.channel4.com/tagged/featured-collection

LAST YEARS WINNERS

YEARS 7-9

YEARS 10-13