Film Competition 2020

You can now enter the 2020 Childnet Film Competition from home, with:

  • Three brand new categories.

  • An extended deadline of Monday 22nd June.

  • Updated entry packs for solo entrants, group projects and storyboard creators.

What is the Childnet Film competition?

The Childnet Film Competition is now in its 11th year and is open to all young people based in the UK. The challenge is to create a positive, short online safety film or a storyboard with a script in response to this year’s theme. 

This year's theme:

We want an internet where we’re free to…

What are we looking for?

We are looking for films or storyboards that tell us why you want an internet that allows people to feel free and safe online and how we can make this happen. Once again we’re on the look-out for films with a positive and clear message about the ways we can use of the internet.

There are 3 different categories this year:

  • Solo category – Young people make their own film, with minimal support from an adult.

  • Group category – Work with friends or family to make a film.

  • Storyboard category – Create a short storyboard and script for a film.

By taking part in the solo and group film categories, young people will be able to create content which can be used to educate their peers. They will also have the opportunity to win specialist film equipment for the school or youth organisation of their choosing and will have their film judged by our judging panel.

How to enter the competition:

  1. Select the category below that you wish to enter. 

  2. Download the competition pack which contains everything you will need, including competition packs and film making advice.

  3. Start getting creative, plan and make your film or map out your storyboard. 

  4. Submit your entry and all consent forms to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 22nd June. You will be able to email us entry forms, storyboards and scripts but for films we would recommend using sites like WeTransfer or Dropbox to share them with us. Further details for submitting film or storyboard entries can be found within the packs or on the FAQs page.


We are only accepting entries online and not via post due to staff working remotely. 

Films and storyboards which best fit with this theme will be shortlisted. 

When do we find out if we have won?

Winning finalists announced - Monday 29th June

Judges' verdicts announced - Friday 3rd July

If you have any questions about the competition or how it has been updated then please contact [email protected] 

How can this competition form part of a home learning project?

We understand the importance of keeping children entertained and in routine as much as possible during these unsettling times. We have adapted our competition so that young people can enter individually or as a group from home. We have even introduced a new category, creating a storyboard, which doesn't require any film making equipment. 

As with all of our competitions over the years, we will always judge the content on the strength of message and creativity in delivering it. We understand that young people may not have access to specialist equipment but don't let that stop you. Get creative with the technology you have, including phones and tablets, or enter our storyboard category and show us your creative ideas that way. 

We hope our film competition can provide an engaging learning opportunity for the whole family and allow young people to be creative.

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