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The Best Documentary 13 and Over award gives young people the chance to tell stories that they think are imporant, convey their point of view, and develop their voice. Whether inspired by the epic natural stories told in the films of Werner Herzog, or the dry, unassuming wit of Louis Theroux's filmmaking style, we encourage all young filmmakers to find a story in their community that they can shine a spotlight on through the medium of film.
In order to be shortlisted for the judge's consideration, entrants must meet the following criteria:
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 contributor release form. If your film is shortlisted, you will be asked to provide electronic copies of release 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. If your film was shortlisted last year, you cannot enter the same film again, however you can submit a different film made by the same person or people.
Winners will not be selected based on technical abilities alone. Judges will be looking at the following criteria to make their selection:
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.
Representatives from the film industry will judge three shortlisted films in each category and decide on the winner.
Winners will be announced at the Into Film Awards ceremony on Tuesday 14 March 2017.
Activity ideas, guidance and resources to help children and young people plan and complete an engaging documentary film.