Start teaching your students to make films with our resources and guidance.
As the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues, and schools are closed and everyone is adjusting to life under lockdown, perhaps this time at home has allowed you and your children to become more aware of your immediate surroundings - the nature and the outside world in your local area. Perhaps you're noticing the change of season in your local environment in a way you didn't before? With fewer cars on the road, fewer planes in the sky, and a little more silence, are you noticing a difference? Has the lack of human activity made a difference where you live, and is that difference a positive thing, or a negative?
We want children and young people to create a short film and use nature and their surroundings in an engaging and creative way, to capture the calmness and document something they've noticed or appreciated while spending more time in their local area. Whether it's in the garden, the local park, or even from inside the home, the natural world is all around us. Encourage children to get creative and use their natural surroundings to make a short film, 3 mins or under in length (including titles and credits) using what equipment you have in the home. Films can be made on a mobile phone, tablet or camera, and we have a range of filmmaking resources to help support you.
Submit your film and be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes. The makers of the winning film will receive a home filmmaking bundle worth £300, and two runners up will get their hands on a year's subscription to Netflix. The closing date for entries is Friday 19 June 2020.
Nature in Your Neighbourhood is open to all young people aged 5-19 across the UK and we will be announcing the winner on our website and social media channels after the closing date. Check the full competition details below to see who can enter and more about what we're looking for.
Need some inspiration? Check out one young person's short film for an example of how you might use your natural surroundings in your own film.
You can find further inspiration in our recent list highlighting some of the best films about the natural world - all of which you can stream from home!
Please ensure you adhere to current UK COVID-19 government guidelines if leaving your home to film content - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Into Film's Nature in Your Neighbourhood competition and other home learning activity is supported by the BFI awarding National Lottery funding.
To enter, please complete the entry form. You will then be instructed to upload your film. You will receive confirmation on the upload page that this has been successful. If you are aged 17 or under, please make sure you ask a parent or guardian to complete the Entrant Details part of the form. Films can also be entered by a parent/guardian, teacher or other adult on behalf of a young person or group of young people.
We are looking for the most creative and engaging short films using yours and your child's current space and surroundings to the best advantage. In order to be shortlisted for the judges' consideration, submitted films must meet the following criteria:
We will not be judging technical ability alone. Judges will use the following criteria to make their decisions on the winning film:
The makers of the winning film will receive a home filmmaking bundle worth £300, with which to continue their filmmaking journey.
Two runners-up will each receive a year's subscription to Netflix.