Embrace the magic of storytelling with the Into Film Awards

25 Jan 2024

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The magic of storytelling
The magic of storytelling

National Storytelling Week (30 Jan - 6 Feb) is an important time for schools across the UK and we want to use this one to highlight the upcoming Into Film Awards and lend a helping hand to anyone who is thinking of entering. Below, we're highlighted some inspiration from previous winners and a few resources that will help you tell your stories using film.

There's nothing like a good story. From classic fairy tales, myths and legends to timeless romances, adventures and even spine-chillingly spooky ghost stories - we are all enchanted by the magic of storytelling whether it's through live action or animation. At Into Film, we believe that every young person has a story to tell, so why not share your story with us by submitting a film to the Into Film Awards? Throughout the years, young people have submitted moving stories that deal with mature themes such as loss, grief, climate change and mental health. We've also received some rowdy and laugh-out-loud bonanzas.

The Into Film Awards are taking place on Tuesday 25 June, where we will be highlighting the crème de la crème of young filmmaking talent in the UK. With ten categories to enter, there are lots of options. Our Awards are open to everyone between the age of 5-19 and provide a gateway to our thriving filmmaking industry. If you have an existing film, you can enter now and edit your entry right up until the closing date on Sunday 31 March 2024 at 23:59.

For National Storytelling Week, explore the art of storytelling through film with your young learners and encourage them to take a shot at joining our esteemed past winners by entering the Into Film Awards. Remember, you can submit an existing film, or a brand new short film you're planning to create especially for the Awards.

Resources to help with storytelling through film

Designed as an introduction to creative writing using film, our Writing Fiction Through Film online course identifies activities to energise literacy lessons. Explore how to turn primary pupils into active story-makers, as they build their understanding of structuring narratives and imagine new stories from film stills - the perfect course to help educators support young people with their filmmaking activities for the Awards.

Our Story Builder resource, is aimed at pupils aged 7-11 and enables learners to develop their understanding of the basic building blocks of film: using the 3Cs and 3Ss (colour, character, camera; story, sound and setting) to create imaginative narratives of their own. Learners will be able to use our interactive workbook to plan their own film stories stage by stage.

Meanwhile, our Mini Filmmaking Guides present a comprehensive suite of resources, which will help to guide you through the entire process of making a film, from initial development right through to post-production and distribution.

Storytelling to effect change

Time for Action (sponsored by Swatch) is a new category at the 2024 Into Film Awards, and is designed to encourage films made by young people seeking to raise awareness of issues and explore the changes they would like to make in the world, whether big or small; personal or society wide. Storytelling through film can be an incredibly effective way of achieving this.

For inspiration, check out the youth-made short Change Direction, which won our Changes for a Better World category back in 2022.

While there are countless other issues that affect young people, and which they feel will doubtless passionate about, we know that the issue of climate change and protecting the environment is of key concern. Use the resources below to help explore these issues in the classroom and inspire films that use storytelling to tackle this vital global issue.

Mental wellbeing and storytelling

Wednesday 1 February marks Time to Talk day, and we recognise that mental health and wellbeing is another issue that schools and young people themselves take very seriously. A winner at the 2022 Into Film Awards, youth-made short Driven to Despair is an effective look at the experience of someone struggling with OCD and anxiety. 

Use this Time to Talk day to empower your learners to speak out about mental health issues by creating a film around the mental health or wellbeing theme of their choice, or even to battle stigma by sharing their own mental health stories.

Bring stories to life through animation

Animation is one of the most popular mediums for young people to bring stories to life, and is also one of the more accessible styles of filmmaking. The Into Film Awards always recognises animated films, and over the years they have included stories about everything from sassy dragons, to lonely polar bears, to explorations of experiencing grief and autism.

Check out some of these previous Best Animation winners for inspiration below.

In addition, our Get Into Animation resource and Animate! with Aardman online course provide educators a step-by-step process and expert tips on bringing young people's stories to life through animation. 

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