What Digital Means to Me: Film Competition.

The Competition

The past couple of years might have had an effect on the way young people and families try and access the internet, or find a laptop to help with school, work and play. Here at the Digital Poverty Alliance, we’re on the lookout for aspiring young film-makers who want to tell their stories about digital inclusion.

Open to everyone aged 4 to 19 across the UK, we’ve launched a national competition asking young people to create short films or storyboards that show what you think is so great about being able to access the internet how and when you want to.

Too many young people still lack the access to computers or broadband that would allow them to compete in a competition like this. So non-digital entries are also very welcome. You don’t need a computer or smartphone – just create a picture storyboard for what you would have filmed.

You can find a storyboard template on the BBC website here.

How it works

The winner for best film and best storyboard in each of the three age groups will receive a brand-new video camera! We will also select an overall winner who will receive our top prize – a laptop

The competition is open until September 17th. Our judging panel of young people, experts and people with lived experience of digital poverty will then shortlist, with digital and non-digital winners announced late September.

If you, your class or school, would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. For brilliant resources and top tips for young film-makers, see the range of resources on Into Film’s website here.

Please find the Competition Terms and Conditions here. Entries can be made below.

Judging criteria

When judging entries we’ll look at:

1. Is the overall idea interesting?
2. Does the film/ storyboard support the idea?
3. How does it look?
4. How does it sound?

The Details

Create a 60 second video on one of the two themes below:

1) How has access to the internet made a positive impact on your life, or others in your family?

2) How would access to the internet make a positive impact on your life or others in your family?

Entry Categories

Best Storyboard 4-12
Best Storyboard 13-15
Best storyboard 16-19

Best film 4-12
Best film 13-15
Best film 16-19

Woman's hand draws a storyboard for a film or cartoon.

Earn the iDEA DPA Film Maker Badge

iDEA DPA Film Maker Badge Icon

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (known as iDEA) is an international, award-winning programme that helps you develop digital and enterprise skills, and showcase your achievements for free, regardless of your age or the stage you are at.

iDEA badges are created with industry experts and innovative employers enabling you to access the skills that employers need. The more badges you collect, the more points you earn towards Awards.

We have worked with iDEA to create the DPA Film-Maker badge for all entries to the film competition entry, which you can redeem on submission. When you redeem your badge, it will show up in your completed badges section on iDEA and also on your Record of Achievement.