Promotional video released: School Film Competition 2014

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Insight volunteers Bogdan Niculescu and Kristina Snipaityte have been busy filming a video to promote the School Film Competition 2014.

The promotional film

The pitch of the video speaks for itself, as four carefully selected young presenters of both genders and different faith backgrounds and cultures share the key information about the School Film Competition 2014 in a short trailer (00.42):

Please share this video with anyone you feel may be interested in the School Film Competition.

The key points

The film addresses the core elements of the School Film Competition 2014:

➤ Schoolchildren: Entries have to be made by students in secondary schools in Greater Manchester

➤ 14-19 years: The age range of young filmmakers eligible to make a film addressing the themes of the competition is 14-19. The topics given as starting points for film ideas are:  ‘I don’t believe it!’; ‘Leap of Faith’; and ‘OMG’

➤ 2 minutes: Making a short film is a serious discipline, especially as successful entries will address one of the topics in a full and rounded way. Two minutes may not be a long time for a film, but 120 seconds teaches young filmmakers that there is no time to waste when telling a story or presenting an argument

➤ The Big Screen: Another major advantage of posing the 2-minute challenge for the length of the films to be entered is that many of the films can been screened in one sitting. Every film submitted to the School Film Competition 2014 has the chance to be chosen to be shown on the Big Screen at Z-arts in Manchester during the Education Event to be held on 12 February 2014

➤ Serious filmmakers: The Education Event provides the opportunity for schoolchildren to engage with experienced, professional filmmakers via workshops, lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions. The production team who win the School Film Competition 2014 will be mentored by filmmakers within the University of Manchester Film Studies department to work on a film.

➤ Entry for a film festival in New York: The film on which the winning team will work with the Film Studies department at the University of Manchester will be entered for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival in 2014. PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival held in New York that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. PLURAL+ is a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration.


Every team behind every 2-minute film entered to the School Film Competition 2014 stands the chance of being selected to be screened at Insight’s forthcoming Education Event and of being chosen to work with serious filmmakers on an entry for a global film festival that takes place in New York.

Further information

Full information about the School Film Competition and the Education Event can be found on this website and in Insight’s news and blog items.

If you have any further questions about the School Film Competition plans do not hesitate to contact us.

You can also print out flyers for the School Film Competition to give to other people and to remind yourself of the main points of the contest. A formatted version of the information displayed on the School Film Competition web page is also available.