Below is the judging criteria for each category in the Into Film Awards. Please be sure to read this information before submitting an entry to the Into Film Awards.
Ones to Watch
Representatives from Into Film will select three young people in this category who demonstrate exceptional promise and potential in one of the following areas. A panel of external judges will then decide the overall winner of the category.
- Film Reviewing
- Festival programming
- Film reporting
- Entrants must be 13-19 years of age and reside in the UK
- Entrants must include an example of work to demonstrate their or the nominee's talent (please include a link or upload a file)
- Nominations can be made by adults of young people aged 13 or over (with the consent of a parent or guardian to support the nomination).
Teacher of the Year
Representatives from Into Film will judge the shortlisted entries in this category and decide the winner. Judges will consider the following criteria to make their selection:
- The nominated educator has used film to excite pupils and engage them in learning
- The nominated educator has used filmmaking as a tool for enhancing the learning experience of young people
- The approach taken has made a positive impact, perhaps delivering innovative thinking or real change, providing constant support and/or improving results
If you are able to include an example of your work which demonstrates the inspirational activities undertaken, this will be helpful to the judges. If nominating yourself, please submit any use of lesson plans or a list of Into Film resources used and how they provided guidance.
Representatives from the film sector will judge the shortlisted short films and decide on the winner. Winners will not be selected based on technical abilities alone. In order to be shortlisted for the judges' consideration, entrants must meet the following criteria:
- Filmmakers must be aged between 5 and 19 years at the time of submitting
- Your film should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration including title and credits
- Any music, images and video content from a third party should be cleared for use by the copyright holder. We suggest only using free library music that can be easily sourced online
All young people who have been involved in the making of the film must provide a completed consent form (signed by a parent of carer for anyone under the age of 16. You can apply as an individual, a film club in a school, a youth group or any other group of interested young people, as long as parental or carer consent has been granted through the completion of an Into Film consent form.
If your film is shortlisted, you will be asked to provide electronic copies of consent forms for all of the children and young people appearing in and credited as contributors for the film. If you are unable to provide all release forms as requested, your entry will be disqualified.
Club of the Year
We are looking for two winning Into Film Clubs. One for children 12 and under, and one for young people 13-19. Representatives from Into Film will judge three shortlisted Into Film Clubs in each category and decide on the winner.Judges will consider the extent to which shortlisted Into Film Clubs meet one of more of the following:
- The club successfully integrates watching, making and understanding of film
- The club makes interesting film viewing choices to aid learning through film
- The club has regular and consistent membership
- The club has regular film reviewers
- The club makes a difference to the lives of members (including young people with disabilities, behavioural issues, poor attendance or engagement with learning)
- The club is delivered successfully in an otherwise challenging setting.
Reviewer of the Year
Representatives from Into Film will judge the shortlisted entries, sourced from winners of our Review of the Week competition in the year up to and including the advertised closure date of the awards, in this category and decide the winner. Judges will consider the following criteria to make their selection:
- Number, quality and diversity of reviews
- Progression and improvement in review writing across the year