Film Competition 2018

Childnet Film Competition 2018

The Childnet Film Competition 2018 is now closed!!

Welcome to the Childnet Film Competition 2018. Open to all UK schools and youth organisations, our annual competition invites all young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. The competition gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues.

All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect this year's theme which is how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the better place for children and young people.

Our judging panel from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI will be looking out for films which are the most creative, inspiring and have a clear message. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented with great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award them for their creative achievements! 

How your school or youth organisation can take part

The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. For both categories, young people must create a film in response to the theme:  ‘Connect with respect - a better internet starts with us!’

  • Primary category: 7-11 year olds are invited to create a 60 second film  
  • Secondary category: 11-18 year olds are invited to create a 2 minute film

We have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking, top tips for filmmakers, and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films.

You can also read our FAQ section for further information on entering, copyright and other frequently asked questions.

Important dates


Competition launches: Wednesday 21st February 2018

Competition closes: Monday 11th June 2018

Finalists notified: Monday 18th June 2018

Finalists' event: Tuesday 3rd July 2018

“It was an amazing experience being able to watch our film on the big screen with our own BBFC rating… Thank you for our prizes’ they are already being put to great use and we have inspired others to want to create their own films to develop their learning.”  - Teacher from winning school of Childnet Film Competition 2017