As Stoke-On-Trent's City of Culture bid is put together it's our job as creatives to make sure we are constantly finding ways to get our work seen internationally. However, our focus is also getting the youth of Stoke inspired and motivated to be creative. 

A global film and animation competition for anyone under the age of 25 is now taking entries.

Entrants have been asked to develop, shoot or animate an original 90-second short film around the theme 'A Sense of Hope', with a deadline of April 20th.

Now in its fourth year, the annual competition ran by Elstree Film Design in Borehamwood is open to entrants from anywhere in the UK.  For the first time it is now also open for entrants worldwide.

Five new award categories have been added which means there are now 15 categories in total. These awards will recognise both creative and technical achievements: Best Film, Best Animation, Best Non-Fiction, Best Idea, Best Story, Best Look, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Costume, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Edit, Best Original Music, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Cast.

There are three age groupings: Primary (up to 11), Secondary (11-18), and 18-25. That means a total of 45 awards are up for grabs.

Film and TV industry professionals will judge the entries including Academy Award winning action director and stuntman Vic Armstrong, animation supervisor Peta Zayley from Moving Picture Company (who helped create The Jungle Book and Guardians of the Galaxy), TV presenter Mark Horton, music composer Heather Fenoughty and casting director Jane Anderson.

Results will be announced on July 3rd and entrants will receive Winner, Finalist or I Took Part digital award certificates as well as having their productions premiered online.

If you haven’t made a film before or do not have the necessary equipment, online resources full of useful information are available through the website as well as links to opportunities with sponsors.

Visit the website to find out more.


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