Beyond Borders

A collaborative filmmaking project for Scotland, Nepal and Egypt

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Closing date - Fri 10 Mar

Competition closed

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

  • Please note: This competition is ONLY available to young people in Scotland, Nepal, and Egypt

Are you aged 9 - 13? Do you live in Scotland, Nepal, or Egypt? Would you like to become an artist filmmaker? Do you feel passionately about making the world a better place? If so, then we want you to be a part of Beyond Borders - a new collaborative filmmaking project from Into Film.

You will learn how to make films, how to work with others, how to find your inner artist, and will speak to young people in other countries to learn more about the topics that matter to you.

To find out more about the competition just watch our call-out video: 

To apply, all you have to do is submit a 3-5 minute film (including credits) on the subject 'How I would make the world a better place'.

Your film must not include copyrighted music or images and can be submitted in either the English language, Nepali or Arabic (please include English subtitles).

The deadline for submissions is 23:55 PM on Friday 10 March 2023. The Beyond Borders team will select 10 young artist filmmakers to be part of workshops in each country. You will work with an artist filmmaker mentor who will help you and your group to learn more about finding your inner artist, and will help you to create a film together.

You will also meet other young artist filmmakers from other countries, and together you will discuss issues that matter to you, like the environment, wellbeing, identity, and more. You will get to hear about other young people's perspectives on topics beyond your own borders. And finally, all of our artist filmmakers will work together on a collaborative filmmaking project. Watch this video to find out more about Beyond Borders, and to learn more about the artist filmmakers who will be helping you.

If you are applying from Nepal, and would like support provided by someone who speaks Nepalese, please contact Prasuna at Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) using the contact details below:

Prasuna Dongol
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
Telephone: 977-1-4440635

प्रसुना डोंगोल
नेपाल सम्पर्क,
काठमाडौं अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय पर्वतीय चलचित्र महोत्सव
टेलिफोन: ९७७-१-४४४०६३५

Beyond Borders is a project funded by The British Council.

To enter, please complete the submission form. No registration is required.

Simply complete the form, and you will then be instructed to upload your film. You will receive confirmation on the upload page that your film has been successfully submitted. If you are aged 18 or under, please make sure you ask a parent or guardian to complete the Entrant Details part of the form. Films can 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 that answer the question ‘How I would make the world a better place'. In order to be shortlisted for the judges' consideration, submitted films must meet the following criteria:

  • Your film can be live action, documentary, or animation.
  • Films should be artistic and full of creativity - let your imagination run wild!
  • Films may be made using any equipment, be it a mobile phone, tablet, camera, or anything else.
  • All contributing filmmakers must be aged between 9 and 13 years at the time of submitting the film.
  • Films must be a maximum of 5 minutes in length, including titles and credits.
  • Any music, video or still images used in the film must be cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright free. Note: provided resources cover where you can download copyright-free music.
  • 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 18 who appears in the film must have their parent or carer's permission to appear. You can download sample clearance forms for use here.

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

  • Creativity: the theme has been tackled in an artistic and creative way
  • Idea: the idea is engaging and interesting and really captures an audience's attention
  • Passion: the filmmaker shows passion and positivity about the topic in their film
  • Look: the use of camera, movement, and lighting support the film well
  • Sound: the music, sound effects and dialogue are clear and strengthen the subject/argument.

And if you're having difficulty finding a good way to discuss the topic then we recommend using a connected theme, for example:

  • Recycling: reducing waste, reusing materials and cutting our dependency on natural resources
  • Pollution: how we can reduce pollution and make the environment a better place
  • Mental wellbeing: how we can make small changes to our daily routine that can benefit our mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us
  • Individual Connection: how we can make personal contributions to protect nature, our planet, and each other
  • Water: the importance of clean water, and the right to access clean water
  • Gender: how we can ensure the gender balance is equal for everyone everywhere.

Ten young artist filmmakers will be selected to take part in our Beyond Borders workshops in each of Scotland, Nepal, and Egypt - that's 30 winners all together.

Workshops will be delivered face-to-face and online, and you will learn:

  • How to find your inner artist
  • How to be an artist filmmaker
  • How to work with other artist filmmakers in your group and in other countries.

1. The closing date is 23:55 on Friday 10 March 2023. No entries will be accepted after this date.

2. All films submitted must less than five minutes long (including credits). Films longer than five 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 residents of Scotland, Nepal, or Egypt.

4. The competition is open to children and young people aged 9-13. All entrants under 18 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 of Into Film 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 any prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

10. Workshops will be delivered by Into Film (Scotland), Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival (Nepal), and Jesuit Cultural Centre (Egypt). Into Film 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 COVID-19 government guidelines where you are 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 will have given their written consent to do so. Participants in the film who aged under 18 will 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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