School film competition: Bank, Camera, Action

Register your school’s interest by Friday 25 October. Submit films by Monday 2 December 2019.
‘Bank, Camera, Action’ is our annual film competition for primary, secondary and college students in the UK. This year’s topic is: ‘Climate change - never too small to make a big difference’.

Climate change - never too small to make a big difference

We’re in an era of climate change. The world is getting hotter faster. The impacts are already visible: glaciers are shrinking, sea levels rising and heatwaves are intensifying.

At the Bank of England, we’re concerned about climate change. Many economic activities impact the environment, such as burning coal, oil and gas. And a threat to the environment is also a threat to the economy.

Big problems can make you feel very small. So our competition theme is: never too small to make a big difference. Get creative and show us your solutions to climate change in your film. 

We want to see imaginative and interesting films – the more creative the better. We’re less concerned with analysis and depth of content. 

How to take part

We can only accept a limited number of entries. So, before you make your film, please register your school’s interest in taking part.

To register your interest, complete our entry form and email it to filmcompetition@bankofengland.co.uk by Friday 25 October.

If demand for places is high, we’ll hold a ballot to decide who can enter.

We’ll email all entrants by Friday 1 November to confirm if your school has secured a place in the competition. You’ll need to submit your film to us by Monday 2 December.

We’ll announce the winners at the end of January 2020.

What you need to know

  • Students must be between 7 and 19 years old and attending a school or college in the UK.
  • You can shoot your film on a smartphone, tablet, or video camera. It should be between one to three minutes long.
  • We want students studying as many different subjects as possible to take part.  Use any medium you want – eg dance, music, poetry, rap, animation, graphics, cartoons, interviews or a news article. 
  • Schools can enter multiple teams with a maximum of five students in each team. There’s no limit on how many people can appear in a film. 
  • Schools are responsible for getting consent for all students who make or appear in the film. We have a consent form for over 18 year olds and one for under 18 year olds.

Read our terms and conditions and other FAQs.

Take a look at our tips on how to shoot a great film and how to submit your film entry for free.  

Download our posters (in colour (8.5MB) and black and white) to advertise the competition in your school and classroom. 

Take inspiration from last year’s winning films.

Categories

We’ll judge this year's entries in the following categories:

  • Lower Key Stage 2: years 3 and 4 / Primary 4 and 5  (age 7 to 9)
  • Upper Key Stage 2: years 5 and 6 / P6 and 7 (age 9 to 11)
  • Key Stage 3: years 7, 8 and 9 / Secondary 1,2 and 3)  (age 11 to 14)
  • Key Stage 4: years 10 and 11 / S4 (age 14 to 16)
  • Key Stage 5: years 12 and 13 / S5 and 6 (age 16 to 19)
  • Students with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Most creative entry
  • Most technically impressive entry
  • Overall winner from the eight categories above

Prizes 

We’ll award each winning school or college with a cash prize and each winning team member with a gift voucher.

Every school that submits a film will receive a trophy and each team member will receive a certificate.

We’ll feature the winning films on our website and our social media.

This page was last updated 18 October 2019
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