DIY Filmmaking Challenge: Environment
Submissions closed: a no-budget filmmaking challenge for creatives aged 16-25

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Key information

Submissions closed
Max runtime: 3 mins

What's involved

Win funding for your next film
Practise your skills & showcase your work

Explore your environment - submit a short film for the chance to win funding & career development support.

** Update, October 2023: submissions for DIY Film Challenge: Environment are now closed. We'll be showcasing the shortlisted films at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival on Saturday 21 October - book your ticket now. **

DIY Filmmaking Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25 in the North of England to practise their filmmaking skills and create original short films in response to a theme.

For our latest challenge, we want local filmmakers to create micro-shorts exploring the Environment. You might want to tackle big, global issues like the climate crisis or how we live sustainably. Or, closer to home, you might want to explore a particular place - real or imagined - that holds special significance for you.

What’s in it for you

We’re working with Sunderland Shorts Film Festival for this challenge and will present the shortlisted films at a special showcase screening at the festival in October 2023.

Shortlisted filmmakers will also receive a one-to-one mentoring session with our BFI NETWORK filmmaker development team.

One winning filmmaker will receive £1,000 of funding and production support to make a micro-budget short in early-2024.

What we’re looking for

Creatively, there are no rules to the DIY Filmmaking Challenge. We want to see bold, original responses to the theme that showcase who you are as a filmmaker.

Production value doesn’t matter. Ideas do. You can use whatever equipment you have access to. Films can be any genre or form.

Practically, there’s only a few things to bear in mind:

  • Submitted films should be no longer than 3 minutes
  • Films should be your own work, and should have any necessary copyright clearances in place
  • Filmmakers should be aged 16-25
  • Filmmakers should be based in the North of England (see the areas we cover)

Get involved

You can submit your film via the online form below.

The deadline for submissions is 12:00 (noon) on Monday 9 October 2023.

** Submissions closed **

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