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October 7, 2016

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“Risk” – A new competition for young filmmakers


The British Safety Council is calling all filmmakers between 16 and 25 years to submit short films on the topic of ‘risk’.

Young Filmmakers Competition 2017 is now open for free registration and entry, with a deadline for submission of films by 31st January 2017. Selected films (max. 8 minutes) will play at a central London cinema to an audience including well-known film critic Mark Kermode, judged by a panel of filmmakers and critics, with the winning filmmaker receiving a £1,000 voucher.

“Risk is the topic of the Young Filmmakers Competition 2017,” says Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns at the charity, “because risk is what we are all about at the British Safety Council. And not only us. All of us think about the risks involved in any decision, where life’s highs and lows stem from the risks we take that turn good or bad. Of course, we’re subject to many kinds of risk – whether terrorism, environmental or personal – that are outside our control.

“For many years, film has been an important medium for the British Safety Council to get safety messages across to the public and workers. We now want to ask the next generation of filmmakers what risk means to them. What are the stories or events that illustrate the risks they face today? From terrorism, climate change and migration to cyber bullying, risky substances and the mental health pressures of modern life, risk comes in many shapes and sizes. A perfect subject for film.”

The film competition is open to any genre: fiction, documentary, essay-films or animation. They can be serious, hard-hitting or funny. Or a combination of all. Films must be no longer than 8 minutes including credits. Competition closes for entry on 31st January 2017.

Registration and submission to the competition is free. Interested filmmakers should get in touch with us at: [email protected]

For more information on the competition go to

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