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National Storytelling Week (30 January - 6 February) is an important time for schools across the UK and we wanted to use this one to spotlight the many filmmaking categories at this year's Into Film Awards and provide a helping hand to anyone thinking of entering.
After all, what is a great film without a great story at its centre? At Into Film particularly, we are much more interested in that aspect than a film's production value or entrant's technical filmmaking ability. If a young person or group can create something with genuinely outstanding storytelling then there's no reason why they can't win, so we've curated some essential resources that can help your students create the best possible story for their future award-winning film and flourish in the rest of the filmmaking process as well.
This country has always had an incredible tradition of storytelling. Our writers from Shakespeare to Jane Austen are famous around the world. With this in mind, we're encouraging young people to submit their stories to this year's Into Film Awards, because every great film starts with a good story.2022 Into Film Awards host, David Walliams
First up, our mini filmmaking guides take you through every stage of creating a short film and it's well worth exploring each element. The first three are devoted to the story creation and development process:
One more crucial mini guide from a story perspective is Pre-Production 3: Create a Storyboard, which will help young people to develop their script into a storyboard. It covers different storyboard structures and the elements of the film that need to be recorded on the storyboard to help with planning, the shoot and later, the edit.
A mini filmmaking guide to support young people through the initial stages of developing ideas for a film
A mini filmmaking guide to help young people to flesh out their film ideas and test these with peers
A mini filmmaking guide to support young people to develop their film ideas into a script
Next up is our Story Builder resource, which is aimed at pupils aged 7-11, and enables learners to develop their understanding of the basic building blocks of film - the 3Cs and 3Ss of film, colour, character, camera, story, sound and setting - to create imaginative narratives of their own. They will be able to use our interactive workbook to plan their own films stage by stage. Whilst the accompanying workshops are only available to schools in Northern Ireland, the resource can still be accessed by schools in the rest of the UK.
For more resources that cover every aspect of the filmmaking process including story creation, check out Six Sessions from Story to Screen, which simply and clearly lays out how to make a film in half a term (just enough time before entries close at the end of March). Get Into Animation is also broken down into six sessions but is designed around the unique nature of the animation process.
Story Builder is a workbook which catches pupils’ imaginations, allowing them space to build their own stories as if developing a film.
Six Sessions from Story to Screen provides guidance and activities to start filmmaking. Arweiniad a gweithgareddaau i ddechrau creu ffilm
One category we're particularly excited about this year is the brand new 'Changes for a Better World', which asks asks young people to consider the environmental crisis, and to look ahead to the future and imagine the changes they want to see and create, whether big or small, personal or society wide. For this, the Moving Minds 2: Building Resilience resource can help your older students to shape their thoughts on sensitive and impactful topics ranging from mental health to social and environmental justice through narrative filmmaking. Meanwhile, our recent Engaging with Climate Change Through Filmmaking article showcased youth-,made films from around the world that can help your students come up with their own idea or topic.
A resource to support mental health and wellbeing, designed around the films and themes explored in the Moving Minds 2 filmmaking project.
Speaking of existing youth-made shorts, head to our Into Film Award nominee pages from across the years to explore our many previous success stories - there's no set formula but you never know what will provide that initial spark. For some more specific examples, we spotlighted five of our favourite previous winners each day of this year's Storytelling Week on our social media channels, which you can find below.
Congratulations to The Haven & Two Way Street & My Pockets, from Hull, whose brilliant documentary follows young refugees who have found new homes in the UK.
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Congratulations to Ben, from Merseyside, whose affecting and very personal documentary charts his first year on testosterone as he undergoes transition.
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Congratulations to Rainbow Collective & Bell Gardens Animation, London, whose stop-motion depiction of life relying on foodbanks is an Into Film Award winner.
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Congratulations to a group of 13 young filmmakers and Badshoes Film, from Leicester, for their cautionary tale about being careful who you talk to online.
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The deadline for entries is 31 March 2022 and even if you submit before then, you can return to your entry and edit it up until that date. Meanwhile, the ceremony for all nominees is scheduled for 28 June 2022 and promises to be another fun and glitzy event in London at the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, with many famous faces from across the film industry on hand to present the Awards.
To enter the Awards, you'll need to be logged in to your Into Film Account. If you don't have an Account, it only takes a second to set one up!
We're delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Into Film Awards which were revealed in a virtual ceremony hosted by David Walliams. Watch the ceremony now!
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Check out all the winning films, plus pictures, quotes and more from the star-studded red carpet Into Film Awards ceremony!
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