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Young Filmmaker Awards

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 old.

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

Who can take part? 

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

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. 

What will the 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 Historical content - We want the film to be about real past events (before the year 2000) that have made a difference to people’s lives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

Films must be submitted by Friday 30 April 2018.

For information on how to enter follow this link