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History Matters Young Filmmaker Awards

Explore history in your own way

Images courtesy of Into Film and East Sussex Library and Information Service

Black and white image of London WW2 evacuees at Eastbourne station

About HMyfa

The History Matters Young Filmmaker Awards is an opportunity to get involved in documenting and exploring the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain. We’re keen that this history is told from the point of view and perspective of young Britain, therefore the competition is open to all young people aged between 11-19 years who are in full-time secondary or further education, entires can be submitted by schools, colleges, youth organisations, community groups and individuals. Young people who are no longer in Education, Training or Employment (NEET) may also enter.

This exciting new competition is being launched by the University of Chichester in conjunction with the Black Cultural Archives, the Historical Association, Every Voice, Into Film and History Matters.

Follow @ChiHMyfa #historythroughfilm and join our Twitter community to find out more about our judges, supporters and partner organisations and connect with other young filmmakers who are taking part



What the Judges will be looking for

  1. Historical content - We want the film to be about real past events (before the year 2000) that have made a difference to people’s lives
  2. A creative approach - We hope to see original and exciting ideas in the way you make your film
  3. Interesting storytelling - We want everyone to enjoy the story
  4. Passion for the story - We’d like to see that you love history and that this story is important to you

Who can take part? 

The competition is open to all young people aged 11-19 years who live in the UK.

You don’t need to have studied filmmaking or the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain before. You don’t need expensive equipment, just lots of enthusiasm, a camera and editing software. Great films can be made using devices such as smart phones with filmmaking apps. You can apply by yourself or with friends, or as part of a filmmaking group at your school college or youth group. 

Early bird entries have now closed BUT due to the excitement and interest in the competition we have extended the CLOSING DATE to Friday 17th February 2017.

For information on how to enter follow this link