School Competition: Bank, Camera, Action

Bank, Camera, Action is our annual film competition for secondary school students aged 11 to 18 in the UK.

This year’s winners are announced  – ‘What independence means to me’.

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.

We asked schools and colleges to submit a short film entitled: ‘What independence means to me’.

In order to encourage creativity and diversity and to appeal to a broad range of students studying many different subjects, we accepted films in any medium  – e.g. dance, music, poetry, rap, animation, graphics, cartoons, interviews or a news article.  

Independence conference logo


Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) and overall winner:
Calder High School, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11):
Charlton High School, Telford, Shropshire

Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13):
Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College, Thornton Heath, Surrey

Best entry from a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school:
Carwarden Community School, Camberley, Surrey

Most creative entry:
Worthing High School, Worthing, W.Sussex

Most technically impressive:
Bridgemary School, Gosport, Hampshire 


The winning schools of each category will win £600 to spend on filmmaking equipment, with an additional £600 for the overall winning school. 

Each winning filmmaking student will receive a £25 Amazon voucher with the overall winners receiving a £50 Amazon voucher. 

Every school who entered the competition will receive a trophy and all filmmakers will receive certificates to acknowledge their achievement.

2017 winners

The winning films in 2017 used the theme 'A day in the life of a new fiver'.

This page was last updated 23 April 2018
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