By Luca Giannini aged 9 years
I love making movies! I’m consistently planning different styles, working out new story lines, dreaming one day my little mini iPad and I may create a movie the world is keen to watch! I reckon it’s an easy dream to have! With the internet and YouTube right at one’s finger-tips, we all are able to make a movie masterpiece and whack it up on the World Wide Web for fame to come calling. Or if you have a cheeky sense of humour, you are able to film your big sister falling off of her chair and send it into You’ve Been Framed – this is another favourite past-time of mine.
The movie magic only took on a whole new dimension as I’ve discovered a fantastic kids movie making competition call A Sense of Hope. It’s almost like a mini-Oscars, where kids of different age groups may enter with a short 90-second film or animation and be in with the chance to have your special movie premiered online (if you’re a winner or finalist).
The competition runs every year around a different theme, this year being A Sense of …Hope, whereas previous years have been A Sense of Humour, A Sense of Change and A Sense of Place. Hope is such a good theme, especially in a world, which needs us to have a lot of hope in the future!
I think the bigger your imagination is, the better your movie may be! This is because ‘hope’ is able to mean so many different things to each individual. Some of the younger entrants may hope for great birthday presents or day trips away, whereas bigger kids might hope for bigger things, which may change their lives or the world. Might we maybe find a ‘place’, which has a strong sense of hope, and then build our movie around this? Or maybe there’s a hopeful person, who sees the good side of things; a movie might be about them? The more I think, the more ideas shoot into my head about this; it’s such an exciting opportunity.
So, how do we enter I hear you all thinking inside your heads?
Everything you need to know is on the website: https://filmcompetition.org.uk
Check out last year’s winners to give you some inspiration! https://filmcompetition.org.uk/2016-results/
The competition is open to all children and young people under the age of 25 (make sure you have an adult’s permission to enter first!) Your movie may be a film or an animation and it has to be 90 seconds or shorter in length. This is it! Everything else may come from your own imagination!
The competition is split up into three age categories: Primary (up to 11), Secondary (11-18) and 18-25 years. The cool older kids still have the same chances as those of us under 10 (which I’m glad about)!
Winners and finalists have their short movie premiered online for the whole world to see and are presented with a special digital award certificate. Everyone else who enters and who meets the correct terms and conditions receives an ‘I Took Part’ digital award certificate. It’s definitely worth entering guys! All the best and successful filming!! For further information: https://filmcompetition.org.uk
What sort of topic are you going to film for this competition?