My Environment, My Film – ‘Competition and Workshop’

When was the last time you saw a movie or TV programme that really inspired you to look at the environment in a different way? Did you become more aware of nature? Did you think more about a problem facing our surroundings? Or maybe you felt there was something you could do in your daily life to bring about change?

Well the EU Commission in Ireland, Cultivate and Darklight are inviting you to make a short movie on “Your Environment”. The theme could be anything from climate change to positive steps that we can take to protect our local environment. The choice is yours.

It doesn’t matter if you shoot it on your mobile phone, a state-of-the-art digital video camera, or create your own DIY animation – the idea’s the thing. Make it a comedy, a tragedy, a documentary, an animation – whatever takes your fancy.

Movies have the power to change and that power is in your hands. By creating a short film you can make more people aware of a problem and a potential solution.

This competition is open to people of all ages and all experiences.

The Proposition

Make a short film inspired by the title “My environment, my film”. It’s all about self-expression. And if it gets people thinking, even better!

The second part is to get as many views to your film between now and the competition close. Your art needs to be seen.

The Prize

The winning entry will win a state-of-the-art HD Digital camera worth Eur1500 and have their work screened this October at the 2010 Darklight Film Festival. This is supplied by Tyrell CCT.

The Web

As this is an internet competition, your entries need to be uploaded onto a video hosting site – You Tube, Google Video, Vimeo. Any online video hosting site will do nicely. Once you do that, submit your link, along with your details, on the “Entry” page (Link here). NB: Don’t forget to check out the terms and conditions of this competition.

Entries must be uploaded to one of these sites between now and the end date of the 15th of October.

The Criteria

The winner will not only be selected on the basis of the best film produced, but also by the number of hits their video gets. 75% of the marks for the movie will be given over to creativity and imagination, and 25% for building an audience.

The judge’s decisions are final.

The Workshop

EU Commission in Ireland, Cultivate and Darklight will also be holding a free one-day workshop on Saturday 28th August, showing you how to make your own online films. It does not matter if you are a novice or experienced, you will be sure to learn something on the day.

You can check out more about this competition and register for the workshop at

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