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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.
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.
Story Builder is a workbook which catches pupils’ imaginations, allowing them space to build their own stories as if developing a film.
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.
Explore how film can engage learners in discussions about sustainability and empower them to amplify their voices on key issues through filmmaking
Closing date Ongoing
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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.
Congratulations to Freya from Finham Park Sixth Form in Coventry, whose remarkable film depicts her struggles with OCD and anxiety in a strikingly visceral way.
Viewing time 4 mins
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.
Congratulations to Zoe, aged 16, from Aberdeen in Scotland, whose lovingly animated stop-motion film explores mature themes of loss and grieving.
Viewing time 4 mins
Congratulations to young people at Screen Education Edinburgh, whose charming stop-motion animation carries a crucial message about preserving the environment.
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Congratulations to Joe Blandamer, from Axminster, Devon, for his jaw-dropping animation depicting how it feels to have autism and ride on a busy train.
Viewing time 5 mins
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.
This six session sequence guides you through the animation process from idea to screen.
The Into Film Awards is the biggest and best celebration of young filmmaking talent from across the UK, and entries are open now!
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Taking place across the UK between 8-28 March 2024, we're delighted to announce our latest programme of free screenings and events for schools. Book now!
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February marks LGBT+ History Month, and to help you celebrate, we've curated a programme of LGBTQ+ films and documentaries available to stream with Into Film+.
Reading time 8 mins
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