Be the Change! Childnet’s Film Competition 2017

We were amazed to see such great talent on show at Childnet’s Film Competition 2017 held at the prestigious British Film Institute in London.

Each year hundreds of primary and secondary schools and youth organisations across the UK submit their internet safety films to the Childnet Film Competition to gain the chance to see their films shown at a private screening at London’s BFI and win great prizes for their school or youth organisation.

The finalists 

From all of the entries the Childnet team choose the top 3 entries in each category, these then become the finalists.

The finalists were invited to attend a private screening at the BFI were their films were judged by industry experts;  David Austin OBE – Chief Executive, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), Joanna van der Meer – Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer, BFI Southbank and Catherine McAllister – Lead for online safety and Head of Safeguarding in the Children’s department, BBC.

We watched all of the finalists’ films and the young people were given an opportunity to share what they learnt and enjoyed most about making their films.

The categories


Childnet challenged pupils aged 7-11 across the UK to create a 60 second film in response to the theme: ‘Be the change – It starts with us‘ How you and your friends can work together to make the internet a great and safe place.

The winners

1st – St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School (Be the change – It starts with us)

2nd – Fairfields Primary School (Be the change – It starts with us)

3rd – Denbigh Primary School (Be the Change)


Childnet challenged pupils aged 11-18 across the UK to create a 2-minute film in response to the theme: ‘Be the change – We’re online for good‘ What are you doing to have a positive effect online?

The winners

1st –  Dover College (Trouser Boy)

2nd – Holy Trinity College (We Were Lucky)

3rd – St Bernard’s High School (St Bernard’s News)

Congratulations to all of the winners and all of the schools who participated!


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All you need to know about film classifications – BBFC film guidelines

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