Visions of A.I.

Vision of A.I. Comp
Vision of A.I. Comp

Closing date - Fri 27 Nov

Competition closed

This competition has now closed. For other competitions, please see our competitions page.

  • Please note: This competition is only available to schools, youth groups and young people in Northern Ireland. Entries from the rest of the UK will not be accepted.

From the early days of cinema, the possibilities of the future and its technological advancements have captured the imaginations of filmmakers. As technology increasingly intervenes in our everyday lives and the advances towards the creation of artificial intelligence, cinema has followed in fear and wonder, predicting new advancements and reacting to current ones.

As part of AI Con and in partnership with Kainos, Danske Bank, Northern Ireland Screen and Nerve Belfast, we want young people to create short films that explore the concepts and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence. Whether it's time-travelling robots from the future, self-aware drones or intelligent software living inside your phone, what impact will A.I. have on our lives?

Help young people get creative and use their imaginations to make a short film, 2 minutes or under in length (including titles and credits) using what equipment they have in school or at home. Films can be made on a mobile phone, tablet or camera, and we have a range of filmmaking resources to help support the filmmaking process. Enter the finished films into our Visions of A.I. Filmmaking competition to be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes.

The makers of the winning film will receive a filmmaking bundle worth £500, and two runners up will get their hands on additional prizes. The closing date for entries is 5pm Wednesday 30 November 2020. Visions of A.I. is open to all young people Across Northern Ireland aged 11 to 14, and we will be announcing the winner on our website and social media channels after the closing date.

We place no restriction on genre, however the theme must explore Artificial Intelligence in one of the following areas: 

  • How A.I. could solve a current global problem
  • Inspiring A.I.
  • How we can challenge A.I.

Check out our Robots and Artificial Intelligence film list for further inspiration - all films are available for Into Film Clubs to order from our catalogue.

Into Film and Nerve Belfast can provide guides and resources on all aspects of the production process, so that even the most inexperienced filmmaker can feel confident in submitting an entry. Schools who require additional filmmaking help or equipment can access support from Nerve Belfast. Contact us to find out more.

As this competition is for ages 11-14, all films must be entered by a parent/guardian, teacher or other adult on behalf of a young person or group of young people. To enter, please complete the entry form. You will then be instructed to upload your film and you will receive confirmation on the upload page that this has been successful.

We are looking for the most creative and engaging short films, with strong stories. In order to be shortlisted for the judges' consideration, entrants must meet the following criteria:

  • Films may be live action or animated.
  • Films may be made using any equipment, be it a mobile phone, tablet, camera, or anything else.
  • You must be between 11 and 14 years of age at the time of submitting your film (if your film has been made by a group of young people, the average age of all members must be 11 to 14).
  • Your film should be no longer than 2 minutes in duration, including titles and credits
  • Any music, video or still images used in the film should be cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright free.
  • You must NOT feature the surnames of any young people under the age of 18, anywhere in the film, including the titles and credits. Into Film are committed to the protection and safety of young people, and the addition of surnames in your films can compromise this. If surnames are included in your film, your entry may not be considered.
  • You must have gained permission to film anyone who appears in the film. Anyone aged under 16 who appears in the film must have their parent or carer's permission to appear.

We will not be judging technical ability alone. Judges will use the following criteria to make their decisions on the winning film:

  • Idea - the film idea is original and creative and has been delivered well
  • Story - the story is strong and engaging and captures the audience's attention
  • Sound - the music, sound effects and dialogue are clear and strengthen the narrative
  • Look - the use of camera angles, movement, lighting and framing support the narrative

View full Into Film terms and conditions.

  1. The closing date is Wednesday 18 November 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date.
  2. All films submitted must less than two minutes long (including credits). Films longer than two minutes will not be considered as part of the competition.
  3. Competitions are run by Film Nation UK Ltd of 31 Islington Green, Islington, London N1 8DU. All entrants must be Northern Ireland residents.
  4. The competition is open to children and young people aged 11-14. All entrants must have gained the consent of a parent/carer/guardian to enter the competition. All entries from children and young people under 18 must be submitted by a parent/carer/guardian.
  5. All personal data provided when submitting the film will be used only to contact winning entrants, unless the entrant has given communications consent. Personal data will be deleted within six months of the competition closing.
  6. This competition is not open to employees or members of their immediate families or agents and anyone else connected with the promotion.
  7. Winners will be notified by phone, e-mail or post and their first name will be published on the Into Film website.
  8. The judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
  10. Into Film will endeavour to send prizes within a month of notification of the competition end date but cannot guarantee delivery time.
  11. Into Film will not be held liable for any injury sustained as a result of filming content for this competition.
  12. Into Film reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it has reasonable grounds to believe has breached any of the rules of the competition.
  13. In all cases, the entrant will be bound by the competition Terms and Conditions and Into Film's Privacy Policy as detailed on the Into Film website.
  14. Please ensure you adhere to current UK COVID-19 government guidelines at if leaving your home to film content.
  1. The person submitting content must represent, warrant and agree that they are the owner of all the rights in the content.
  2. The person submitting content must guarantee that it will not:
    be defamatory, abusive or offensive; infringe the copyright, moral right, performing rights, rights of privacy, trade mark or other proprietary right of
 any third party; constitute a misuse of any confidential information of a third party, advertise, promote or endorse any products or services, adversely affect the reputation of Into Film.
  3. The person submitting the content must guarantee that all individuals appearing in the film have given their written consent to do so. Participants in the film who are aged under 18 must have written consent from their parent/carer/guardian to appear.
  4. The person submitting the content must guarantee that any necessary consent, waiver, clearance, licence or approval required for Into Film to make use of the content has been obtained and that any fees or payments relating thereto have been paid; and you have not entered into, nor will you enter into, any agreement or arrangement which could conflict with your obligations to Into Film under these terms and conditions.
  5. Any music, video or still images used in the film should be cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright free.
  6. You must NOT feature the surnames of any young people under the age of 18, anywhere in the film, including the titles and credits. Into Film are committed to the protection and safety of young people, and the addition of surnames in your films can compromise this. If surnames are included in your film, your entry may be disqualified.
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