Parliament Film Competition

Parliamnet filmmaking competition

Lights, Camera, Parliament!

Film competition launches for a third year – now open to young people aged 7-16.

Lights, Camera, Parliament! asks students ‘what law would you make?’ in a three minute film, giving young people a creative platform to voice what is important to them.

This year the competition is open to a wider range of ages than ever before with two age categories to enter:

  • Primary (7-11)
  • Secondary (12-16)

Previous entrants have proposed a wide range of legislation including compulsory first aid training for all, banning air-brushing and raising the minimum age of voting to 16.

Have your film screened in Parliament

Finalists will have their films screened in Parliament at a special awards day. Winning teams will receive the Lights, Camera, Parliament! trophy, offered for the first time this year, and will be supported in their future projects by receiving film making equipment for themselves and their school.

“This competition was excellent, the students learned a lot about both lawmaking and media skills and it was a great chance to focus on something that really mattered to them. It is also important for them and for the school to be involved with something like this on a national level.”

Victoria Emes, Stoke Newington School

Parliament’s Education Service has also developed a free online resource pack for educators with a step-by-step guide on how to research, write, and shoot the film, whether it is over a term or in one day. This year, regularly updated themes online will get participants inspired, and supporting resources including technical tips and a ‘Student Brief’ handout make it easy for anyone to participate. You can also download this on the right.

The competition, created in partnership with Makewaves, a safe online space for young people and schools, can be integrated into subjects across the curriculum depending on the law being created or the genre of film being shot.

Previous entries have been created as part of English, citizenship, history, media studies and art & design projects, as well as extra-curricular clubs. Individuals and youth groups are also encouraged to enter, and in all cases films can be submitted using simple technology including mobile phones.

The deadline for submission is Midday on 18th February 2013.

To find out more, visit the website