Meet the judges

On the 3rd of July our expert panel of judges will meet to make the tough decisions of who is taking home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the primary and secondary categories of the Childnet Film Competition!

The judging panel will look out for films which are creative, encompass the theme and which have a clear and positive online safety message.

Meet our judges:

David Austin OBE 

Chief Executive, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)


David’s top tip for filmmakers : My key tip would be to think about the audience for the film to make sure they will understand your message and the film will be suitable for them. You can use the BBFC Classification Guidelines to find out what content we classify at U, PG and 12A.

Read the Q+A with David


Joanna van der Meer 

Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer, BFI Southbank


Joanna’s top tip for filmmakers: What I look for is an original, strong story that conveys the message in an innovative, well thought through way

Read the Q+A with Joanna


Catherine McAllister 

Lead for online safety and Head of Safeguarding in the Children’s department, BBC


Catherine’s top tip for filmmakers: Think about the audience for your film! Think about the response you want them to have and try to keep that in mind. And don’t overcomplicate it – often the strongest messages can be the very simplest

Read the Q+A with Catherine



Lisa Prime

Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)


Lisa’s top tip for filmmakers:

My top tips is to identify your main message and then plot out the story structure before you start filming.  Work together and listen to the ideas of the whole production team.

Read the Q+A with Lisa