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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. 


  • Historical content - We want the film to be about real past events (before the year 2000) that have made a difference to people’s lives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

How do I register?

Sorry, entries for the 2018 Young Filmmaker Awards are now closed. 

How do I submit my film?

  1. Upload your film to Dropbox
  2. Fill out your contributor release forms 
  3. Fill out your location release forms
  4. Fill out the materials release form

Sorry, entries for the 2018 Young Filmmaker Awards are now closed. 

Film making resources

Film techniques

  1. The Power of Black Hair (2009) - Mixed media techniques, animation, engaging soundtrack
  2. Charming Southwark (2012) - Animation, sound effects
  3. This Was Forever (2007) - Scene setting, atmosphere, overlaying voices, close ups and long shots, filming old photographs
  4. Living Statistic (2006) - Humour, use of additional footage (family video, TV news)
  5. Caribbean Dominoes (2014) - Use of music and voiceovers, zooming
  6. Are We Cut From The Cloth (2014) - Choosing backgrounds, cutting interviews together

Helpful websites



In recognition of every school who submitted films for our Young Filmmakers Award competition, they received:

  • A framed certificate for each school
  • A trophy for each school
  • An Amazon voucher for each school worth £250
  • Certificates for all students

Partner organisations

Black Cultural Archives

Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. BCA opened the UK’s first dedicated Black heritage centre in Brixton, London in July 2014, enabling greater access to its growing archive collection, dedicated learning spaces and an exciting programme of exhibitions and events that explore British history from a unique perspective. Visit their website.


The Historical Association

The Historical Association supports the teaching, learning and enjoyment of history at all levels and brings together people who share an interest in and love for the past. Founded in 1906 by a small group of history teachers and academic historians to support the growing need for good history resources in schools, the Historical Association inspires, enables and encourages people to get involved with history, whether in the classroom, at college, in the library or at home. Visit their website.


Every Voice

Every Voice works to achieve a world where every voice is fairly represented, heard and understood.  Every Voice was founded in 2009 in the borough of Islington, engaging thousands of residents and community organisations to influence race equality. Through collaborative networks, conferences and community research, Every Voice has shaped more inclusive, local, social policy that considers the needs and realities faced by all communities.  Every Voice has evolved into a social enterprise, and broadened community engagement work to include education, employment, arts, heritage and culture. Visit their website.


History Matters

History Matters is a group of black historians and teachers led by Professor Hakim Adi of the University of Chichester who have joined with others from cultural institutions, charities, governing bodies, and societies to discuss concerns about the under-representation of students and teachers of African and Caribbean heritage within the History discipline. Visit the History Matters Facebook page for more information and conference news. 



Terms and conditions

  1. This competition is open to anyone aged 11-18 years on 1 September 2017 (or aged 19 if in full-time further education) and who lives in the UK. Young people aged 19 years and under who live in the UK and are no longer in the education system are also eligible to enter.
  2. Films may be submitted by individuals, groups of friends or by schools or youth groups
  3. Young people who are immediate family members of current employees of the University of Chichester, Black Cultural Archives, The Historical Association, Every Voice or Into Film may not enter
  4. All information about how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entering a film will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions
  5. The film must be understood by English speaking judges so it can either be in English, have English subtitles or just have visuals
  6. The film must be no longer than 5 minutes including titles and credits
  7. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their entry does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws (You need to make sure that you don’t use items to make your film that need special permission, for example, music or images. 
  8. All films and Final Entry Forms must be received by midnight on 1 September 2017
  9. Entries must be the work of the person/s named on the Final Entry Form (with reasonable guidance from the adult submitting the entry if sent by a school or youth club), and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition
  10. Copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the award-winning entries will vest in the University of Chichester and any profits arising from publication by the University of Chichester shall be the property of the University of Chichester (We don’t expect to make any money from your film and it isn’t likely that we will. This sentence just means that you cannot make any financial claims anyway so that we don’t have to spend a lot of time writing to an entrant about it later.)
  11. The University of Chichester shall be entitled to an indemnity from the creator/s of the film against claims for copyright infringement, defamation, or other proceedings (This just means that you will accept responsibility if your film includes information or images it shouldn’t and someone makes a claim.)
  12. No individual may be named on more than one form. However, a school or youth organization/leader may submit multiple entries on behalf of different individuals or teams
  13. Entries must not be sent through third parties
  14. Late or ineligible entries will not be accepted. The competition organisers are not responsible for technical problems and if entries are corrupted during transfer to us they will not be accepted
  15. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt
  16. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  17. The judges reserve the right to not award any or all prizes, and will have the right to award entries as 'highly commended'
  18. All entrants will receive a Young Filmmaker Awards Participator certificate
  19. All schools and youth groups submitting entries will receive a giant wall-mountable Participator certificate
  20. The first prize-winning individual entrant in each age category will receive a trophy and a Young Filmmaker Awards Winner certificate
  21. The second prize-winning individual entrant in each age category will receive a trophy and a Young Filmmaker Awards Runner-up certificate
  22. The third prize-winning individual entrant in each age category will receive a trophy and a Young Filmmaker Awards Third Prize certificate
  23. The school or youth group submitting the first prize-winning entry in each age category will receive a trophy and a giant Winner wall-mountable certificate
  24. The school or youth group submitting the second and third prize-winning entry in each age category will receive giant Runner-up and Third Prize wall-mountable certificates respectively
  25. The award winners will be contacted by June 2018
  26. The award winners may be required to take part in publicity, including photography and moving images
  27. The award winners’ names (or first names only or team names or a name chosen instead by the winner) may be published on the University of Chichester website and may be published on the websites of supporting and participating organisations
  28. Entries may be fully or partly published, used or linked to on social media channels including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram
  29. Entries may be fully or partly published, used or linked to as part of exhibitions or displays, if permitted by the University of Chichester
  30. Entries may be fully or partly published, used or linked to by third parties, including by the media and for commercial gain, if permitted by the University of Chichester
  31. The names chosen by award winners for publicity may be disclosed to anyone who writes within one month after the published date by which winners will be announced (June 2018), enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to History Matters, Bishop Otter campus, University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester, PO19 6PE
  32. These rules may be discontinued or changed by the University of Chichester in any way and at any time, and no entrant shall have any right or claim under the rules for any work he or she may be preparing at the time of such discontinuance or amendment