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Schools film competition: Bank, Camera, Action

Our film competition is open to all secondary school students aged 11 to 18 in the UK. To enter, you need to produce a short film on this year’s topic: What independence means to me’.

This year, the Bank of England has been celebrating an important anniversary. Twenty years ago, the Government gave us independence to set interest rates.  More recently, we’ve been given independence in other areas, such as financial stability and regulation.
Independence means different things to different people. For example, passing your driving test, getting a Saturday job or leaving school. So we want to hear your thoughts. 

We wish to encourage creativity and diversity using a completely free format to appeal to a broad range of students studying many different subjects. You can use any medium you want – e.g. dance, music, poetry, rap, animation, graphics, cartoons, interviews or a news article.
The emphasis is on creating films that communicate the subject in interesting and imaginative ways, not on analysis and depth of content.  The more creative and imaginative the better.


What you need to do

You can shoot your film on a smartphone, tablet, or video camera. It should be between one1 and three minutes long. Schools can enter multiple teams with a maximum of five students per team. There’s no limit to how many people can appear in the film.
Schools are responsible for getting consent for all students who make or appear in the film. Consent forms can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

See last year’s winning films.

How to enter the film competition

The deadline for entering the competition is now closed.  

We will email you to let you know if you have secured a place by Friday 13 October 2017.

You will then need to submit your film to us by Monday 11 December 2017.

Prize categories

This year's entries will be judged in the following categories:

• Key Stage 3: years 7, 8, and 9 (age 11 to 14)

• Key Stage 4: years 10 and 11 (age 14 to 16)

• Key Stage 5: years 12 and 13 (age 16 to 18)

• Special educational needs

• Most creative

• Most technically impressive

• Overall winner from the six categories above

This is your chance to win fantastic prizes for both your school and your team.   Winning schools will receive a cash prize and each team member will receive gift vouchers.  The winning films will be shown on the Bank of England website and shared through our many social media channels. 

Terms and conditions

How to submit your film entry for free

Competition flyer

Competition poster

Helpful tips for shooting great video

FAQs about the competition

Parental / Guardian consent form

Student consent form