Winners will be drawn from three age groups: Primary (up to 11), Secondary (11-18) and 18-25. The Best Actress and Best Actor categories are sponsored by Spotlight. Creative England are a platinum sponsor. Here’s what the judges will be looking for:
Creative and unique interpretations of the competition’s title. What does ‘A Sense of Hope’ mean to you? Think About… Peace, Environment, Security, Reliance, Light, Belief, Strength, Truth, Fear, Aspiration, Wish, Utopia, Promise
Original stories told with a unique voice. How can you use a strong narrative to convey your message to the audience? Think About… Script, Genre, Characters, Audience, Challenge Perceptions, Structure, Fact, Fiction, Contributors, Chronology, Suspense, Emotion.
Well-produced films with high production values. How can you communicate your story through visual style? Think About… Filming in HD, Cinematography, Lighting, Framing, Composition, Direction, Style, Camera Kit, Continuity, Grading, Editing.
Technical and creative approaches to sound and music. How can you use sound to enhance your story telling? Think About… Story, Dialogue, Sound design, Original music, Atmosphere, Microphones, Additional dialogue recording, Voice over, Mood.
This is about the visual concept of film or animation. How does the style of the whole piece help to tell the story? Think About… Props, Costumes (period, colour, style), Sets (Paint, effects, materials), Make up (styles, colours, effects)
Consider the clothes or costumes in your production, how do they fit in with your overall vision and help create a cohesive look for your entry. Think About… Colour, Design, Style, Period, Social Status, Accessories, Fittings, Comfort, Practicality, Makeup, Lighting, Camera Angles
Think about using hair and makeup styles to create a look for your characters that helps communicate additional information to the audience. Think About… Continuity, Wigs, Prosthetics, Special Effects, Hair, Cuts, Bruises, Colour (Make sure any allergies or sensitivities are taken into consideration)
Editing can take a long time and make or break a production. Think carefully about the shots you use to ensure your story flows from beginning to end. Think About… Software, Backing Up Rushes, Script, Best Takes, Best Performances, Assembly Edit, Fine Cut, Music, Sound Mixing, Export Settings, Formats
Why not have some fun writing a score to guide the audience through the drama and increase your productions emotional impact and atmosphere. Think About… Style, Instrumentation, Musicians, Composition, Performance, Electronic, Tempo, Themes, Mood, Equipment, Recording, Mixing
An actress who has delivered an outstanding performance. How can you create a powerful and memorable performance to wow your audience? Think About… Audience, Voice, Facial expression, Gesture, Spatial awareness, Characterisation, Movement, Focus, Energy, Timing, Articulation, Accent.
An actor who has delivered an outstanding performance. How can you create a powerful and memorable performance to wow your audience? Think About… Audience, Voice, Facial expression, Gesture, Spatial awareness, Characterisation, Movement, Focus, Energy, Timing, Articulation, Accent.
Outstanding performances from the entire cast. How can all the actors and actresses work together ‘ensemble’, to create a powerful and memorable performance? Think About… Communication, Direction, Acting, Characters, Ensemble, Extras, Script, Dialogue, Casting, Screen time, Roles.
You might have heard it said that “truth is stranger than fiction”. If fiction is not your thing then this category might possibly just be right for you? Think About… Documentary, Factual, News, Subject Matter, Historical, Educational, Interview, Place, Time, Story, Questions, What, Who, When, Where, Why
This award recognises stand out entries in the competition. It takes all categories into account so make sure your film looks and sounds as good as it can be. Think About… Idea, Story, Look, Sound, Production Design, Costume, Hair and Makeup, Edit, Music, Actress, Actor, Cast
This award recognises creative and technical animation skills as well as storytelling ability. How can you use animation to explore the theme of Hope? Think About… Movement, Timing, Characters, Colours, Shapes, Line, Style, Design, Idea, Story, Sound, 2D, 3D, Puppets, Stop motion, Clay, Cutout.