Launch of new international category for film competition

Young people who attend school outside of the UK can enter the Childnet Film Competition’s first ever international category! Now in its 12th year, the Childnet Film Competition challenges young filmmakers to create a short film in response to a given theme around online safety. The main criteria are that all entries must contain a positive message and be able to educate other young people. 

Date 2021-03-16 Author UK Safer Internet Centre Section awareness, youth Topic media literacy/education Audience children and young people, teachers, educators and professionals
Banner with key dates for the Childnet Film Competition 2021: competitions open on Monday 1st March 2021, competition closes on Monday 14th June 2021, winners are announced on Monday 13th September 2021. Enter now:

Childnet, part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, has this year opted to make the event even more inclusive by introducing an international category which will be treated as a separate competition (see details below).

As with the UK competition, the challenge is to create a short film, no longer than two minutes, reflecting a positive message on this year’s theme: Separating fact from fiction - finding trustworthy information online.

What can we do to find out whether something is true or not online? How can we creatively share top tips or help someone to understand the difference? Whatever the message, remember it must remain positive!

Important things to know

  • The international category is only open to young people, aged 7-18, who attend school outside of the UK.
  • The international category runs as its own competition and has different terms and conditions to the UK Childnet Film Competition. 
  • There are two age groups for the competition. Entrants must select to enter either the age group 7-11 (in the UK, primary school age) or the age group, 11-18 (in the UK, secondary school age).
  • Films must contain a positive message that can educate other young people.
  • An educator must enter and submit films on behalf of their students.
  • One winning film from each age group will be chosen. 

Getting started

Head to the Childnet Film Competition International page. Select the age group that you wish to enter, then download the competition pack which contains everything required (including competition entry forms, guidance and film making advice).

How to enter

  • Submit your film, entry form and consent form to by 16:00 CEST/17:00 BST on Monday, 14 June 2021.
  • We can only accept entries online. Films and forms must be sent electronically. We would recommend using sites like WeTransfer or Dropbox to share them with us.
  • All the information required is in the packs. Check the FAQs or email if you are unsure about anything.

Find out more about the work of the UK Safer Internet Centre, including their awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services – or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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