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Young Earthwatcher Film Competition

Ever wanted to make your own environmental film? We’ve joined forces with the Wildscreen Festival to launch the first ever Young Earthwatcher Film Competition.

If you’re a UK resident aged 14 to 17, we’re inviting you to create a short film based on an environmental topic close to your heart – it could be anything from plastic pollution to habitat degradation, climate change to water quality.

What you need to know

  • Your film must introduce an environmental issue and present a solution or action that people can take – we’re all about the positive vibes!
  • Your film must be no more than two minutes long – we want to be able to share it with the world on social media.
  • You can be as creative as you like – your film can contain live action, stop motion, animation, voice over, text…as long as no more than 40% of your film is stock footage, you’re golden!
  • Submissions open: 16 July 2018
  • Submission deadline: 19 September 2018

Note: Before entering the competition you must read our full terms and conditions.

Register your interest

Want to receive the latest information about this competition and associated events, including top filming tips and deadline reminders? Sign up below!

Teachers and youth leaders are also welcome to sign up to receive information for their students.

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Already finished your film and ready to submit it?

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Don't forget...

Please read the full terms and conditions before you get started, as these contain the competition rules and key film criteria. You will need to agree to these before submitting your film, so you might as well check them out now and get ahead of the game!

Go for it

The Prizes

Along with the warm and fuzzy glow that comes from knowing they’ve made a difference to the future of the planet, our winner and runners up will receive some great prizes.

From tickets for a special wildlife film screening to certificates and goody bags – not to mention online promotion of film submissions – this prize bundle is pretty fantastic! In addition, the overall winner will walk away with a prestigious Panda Award, the ‘Green Oscar’ of the international wildlife film industry.

Some inspiration…

If you’re looking for ideas on a topic to cover in your film, check out the key environmental themes that we work on here at Earthwatch.

Inspire me

Featuring friends?

If you are thinking of featuring your friends, siblings or anyone else under the age of 18 in your film, please download the media consent form and ensure that it is signed by their parent/guardian.

About Wildscreen

The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world.

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