School Film Competition 2014

As part of our 2014 Education Event we mounted an inaugural School Film Competition.

The concept

Some young people at school in Manchester presented to camera the core information about the School Film Competition in this short promotional video (00.42):

 The brief

Young people aged 14-19 in schools and colleges across Greater Manchester were invited to make short films on one of the following themes:

➤ I don’t believe it!
➤ Leap of faith

They could interpret these topics in any way they liked!

Films were a maximum of 2 minutes duration and were produced in any format with any equipment (cartoon, live action, stop-motion, music video, Vine, drama, documentary, comedy, silent movie, mobile phones, etc.)

Films were judged by professional filmmakers and members of the international Insight Film Festival board and associate team.

Winning films were shown at Z-arts in Hulme during Insight’s Education Event that took place on 12 February 2014.

The winning film

Insight-Winners 2014

Congratulations to the young filmmakers from the winning school, the OASIS Media Academy, Salford, England. Their winning film was called I Don’t Believe It! The team was presented with a first-prize certificate and won the opportunity to make a new film for entry to the PLURAL+/Insight Award 2014.

Who could enter?

The Insight School Film Competition was open to all 14–19 year olds in schools and colleges across Greater Manchester:

➤ Students could work on their own or in a group.
➤ Films could be made in class, extra-curricular clubs, or at home.
➤ Films were submitted to Insight by the schools/colleges, not by individual students
➤ Schools/colleges could submit as many films by as many different students as they like.


➤ Young filmmakers  from the winning school, OASIS Media Academy (see News article) won a series of mentored sessions facilitated by filmmakers in connection with the University of Manchester’s Screen Studies department. These filmmakers worked with school staff as mentors for a group of students in school/college between March and July 2014 to produce a film. This will be submitted as a UK entry to the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2014 (an initiative of the United Nations Association of  Civilizations: UNAOC).

➤ Selected competition films were shown on the big screen at Z-arts  during the Insight Education Event on 12 February 2014.

➤ Prize-winning competition entries were given awards at a ceremony during the Insight Education Event.

➤ All entrants to Insight’s School Film Competition received a certificate.

How to enter

Once the films were made, they were burned on to a DVD and labelled clearly with:

➤ The title of the film;
➤ The school/college name;
➤ The name(s) of the student filmmaker(s);
➤ A contact telephone number and email address

The completed entry form for each film was sent with the DVD to:

Insight Film Festival
Z-srts Centre
335 Stretford Road
Manchester M15 5ZA

Alternatively,  the entry form could be emailed as an attachment to:

Submission deadline

The closing date for entries was Friday, 24 January 2014.

And finally …

Submitted entries could not be returned.

Entrants only submitted their own original material; they ensured that full clearance had been obtained for the use of copyrighted music and/or images.

For more information please contact

Please contact the Insight Film Festival via email to or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch for information about the competition.

We invited entrants to print out flyers for the School Film Competition to give to other people and to remind themselves of the main points of the contest. A formatted version of the information displayed on this page is also available.

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