Anglian Community Trust have launched a new film competition, in association with Underdog Crew Studios, which invites young people, between the ages of 11 – 21, to submit a 2 minute film that reflects on the challenges and problems they have faced during their lives.

They want to learn about the issues young people experience, to share them with health professionals in the voluntary and statutory sectors, who can help work out ways to address their problems in the future.

For example:

  • A young person might just want to talk about the struggles they feel about the future, in terms of climate change, long-term ambitions, job prospects and the cost of living crisis.
  • They might have experienced physical and social media bullying at school and they want to share how it made them feel, to empower other people who have been through the same experience.
  • ACT are also interested in young people with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, or any other condition they want to raise awareness about how they see the world.
  • A film could be made about a young carer, telling their story about looking after a loved one.
  • Or maybe a young person just wants to share an experience that was important to them.

ACT want to support young people with expressing how they feel, so others can learn from them.

ACT care about how young people feel and want to help improve their lives.

The Underdog Crew has the same ethos , which is why they teach young people about the art of filmmaking, to improve their health and well-being.

If you have an idea, please get in touch.

You might even just want to talk about your concept. so they can help you to shape it. Even if you want to present your suggestion in a different format, such as a poem, a piece of art, or a short written story, they still want to hear from you.

You can discuss the idea and get connect you with experienced filmmakers, such as Directors from the Underdog Crew, to help you make your film.

There will be a prize giving ceremony later in the year and a £300 prize will be awarded to the winner. However, other prizes will be awarded too.

There are experienced judges on the panel, including leaders from:

The Mercury Theatre
The Arts Centre
The University of Essex’ film department
The Colchester Institute’s filmmaking unit
The Curzon cinema
The Colchester Independent Short Film Festival

Click here to register your interest and for further guidance.

The deadline for ideas is 6 October.

The deadline for film submissions is 27 October. However, you are encouraged to get your idea and film in ASAP so the judges have more time to appreciate them. You can email about any questions.

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