Tool Kit


You must ensure the sound in your film is copyright free, otherwise we cannot consider your entry. Think about making your own music to use as the sound track for your entry, or you can use the websites below where you can find a wide selection of copyright free music.  Remember that covers and sound alikes are not allowed unless the music is out of copyright.





Online resources:

Vimeo’s Video School and YouTube’s Creators Academy offer a wealth of advice for aspiring filmmakers in the form of short videos.

Vimeo Video School

YouTube Creators Academy

For more experienced filmmakers:

iShorts is Creative England’s annual entry level short film initiative delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK.  iShorts is open to filmmakers outside of London who have some experience in self-funded short films and student films, whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry.


End plate:

This is the end plate graphic to add to the end of your film or animation. We ask that you hold it on screen for 3 seconds. This will not be counted as part of your allocated 90 seconds. So your entry can run to 93 seconds or less in total with this graphic included. Click on the icons to download either a .jpg or .psd file at 1920 x 1080 pixels. For the .jpg you need to click on the icon, then right click the image and Save Link As…

End Plate .jpg

End Plate .psd

Release forms:

The adult aged 18 or over representing your entry must ensure that contributors appearing in the film or animation (including for voice overs) sign a release form, these are available for download here or you can use your own. There is no need for a video release form if a person in a video or animation cannot be identified. (Right click the appropriate PDF icon and click Save Link As…)

Under 18’s Release Form

Over 18’s Release Form


Download this year’s A4 competition poster PDF. Then print it out and stick it up on a wall to remind you about our important dates! (Right click the PDF icon and click Save Link As…)

Competition Poster A4

A Sense of Hope Film and Animation Competition 2017 Poster