New competition encourages young filmmakers to explore wonders of nature

Northern Ireland’s young people are being encouraged to channel their inner Sir David Attenborough by making a movie about the wonders of nature.

Film Education Charity Into Film today launched ‘Nature in Your Neighbourhood’, a new UK-wide filmmaking competition that calls on young people aged 5-19 to make a live action or animated short film exploring the beauty on their doorstep.

Entries will be open until Friday, June 19 and the winner will receive a filmmaking bundle worth £300 and two runners up will get their hands on a year’s subscription to Netflix.

Lorraine Magee of Into Film in NI said: “We want our creative young people to use their exercise time during lockdown to explore their neighbourhood, park or garden. They can document something they’ve noticed or appreciated while spending more time in their local area with whatever filmmaking equipment that’s available at home, including a smart phone, tablet or camera as well as Into Film’s free home filmmaking resources.”

Into Film has a huge range of online education resources available to young people to keep them occupied during the Covid-19 crisis. Its Home Learning Hub and the ‘Nature in Your Neighbourhood’ competition is supported by the BFI awarding National Lottery funding.

As schools remain closed across Northern Ireland, film can be extremely effective at keeping young people meaningfully occupied and engaged in the curriculum, and the hub’s free content includes primary and secondary activities, fifty film guides, a review writing competition, a continually updated list of films to stream from home and direct advice from both home educators and learners - https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/home-learning

For more information on how to enter ‘Nature in Your Neighbourhood’, head to the Into Film website – https://www.intofilm.org/nature-in-your-neighbourhood

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