Childnet launches their 12th annual film competition!

A picture of the CHildnet annual film competition poster

Childnet has officially launched their 12th annual Film Competition! This year’s successful Safer Internet Day saw Childnet and TrilbyTV collaborate to bring some excellent online safety slides to schools up and down the country. Now the organisation are asking young people to create a short film or storyboard exploring the theme of: Separating fact from fiction – finding trustworthy information online. Once again, the competition is open to all schools and youth groups across the UK.

The value of student created content

TrilbyTV are pleased to promote this competition as it drives home the idea that students can be amazing at generating content when given a good theme. It also opens a fantastic opportunity where the end result can be shared to benefit others. Digital content is best shared in a digital way and that’s where signage comes in. Giving students the ability to have ideas, create and share to a whole school audience.

Competition key themes

At a time when young people are using the internet more than ever, Childnet want them to take the lead and create short films exploring key themes such as:

  • what can you do to find out whether something online is true or not?
  • why would someone post something online that isn’t true?
  • how would we help someone to understand the difference between fact and fiction?

The aim is to keep the films positive, while creating something which could help educate other young people.


There is a primary category for 7–11 year olds, a secondary category for 11-18 year olds, and a storyboard category for anyone with an artistic flair who prefers to draw their film idea.

Schools and youth groups have until Tuesday 1st June to submit all film or storyboard entries.

For the first time, there is to be an International category too. This will be officially launched in the coming weeks, so watch this space!


Childnet’s judging panel will make the tough decisions of who wins the prizes in the Childnet Film Competition 2021. The panel are experts from a range of exciting organisations in the film and TV industry – look out for more about them in the coming weeks.


All of those who are shortlisted will receive some great filmmaking equipment for their school or youth organisation. The winners of the storyboard category will receive some great prizes to help them with their storyboarding in the future and start the path to making great films.

‘Creative, inspiring and imaginative’

Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet and a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said,

“Now in its 12th year, the Childnet Film Competition provides a platform for young people across the UK to show their creative talents, learn about online safety, and inspire their peers to make positive decisions online. We want to see their creative, inspiring and imaginative films which reflect this year’s theme – Separating fact from fiction. Finding trustworthy information online.”

If you want your students to get involved, everything you need about taking part, together with categories and entry packs, can be found here!

And finally, remember that whatever your students create may be suitable for your digital signage screens, so be sure to upload to TrilbyTV and celebrate the achievements.

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