Safer Internet Day 2023 Film Competition
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To celebrate SID 2023, the Welsh Government is inviting entries to the Safer Internet Day 2023 Film Competition. The competition aims to encourage children and young people to voice their views, opinions or stories of using social media, gaming or apps.
Competition theme: ‘This is our voice.’
There are two categories in the Safer Internet Day 2023 Film Competition - Primary and Secondary.
When children and young people speak from experience, they can really help others, so we are inviting them to create a short film that communicates their views, opinions or stories of using social media, gaming or apps. The focus of this year’s competition is children’s voice.
Participants may want to consider:
- What advice they would give to someone new or inexperienced with social media, gaming and other apps
- A scenario they have found themselves in when using social media, gaming or other apps
- What they have learnt from previous experiences
- How apps could be made safer
- The benefits of using social media, gaming and other apps
- Their concerns when using social media, gaming and other apps and how to overcome them
The Welsh Government is collaborating with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on this year's Safer Internet Day competition. The core values the WRU stands by are:
We encourage children and young people to integrate one of more of these WRU values in their films.
We are looking for films with an engaging and empowering message delivered in a creative way. Films can follow any format (e.g. animation, documentary, live action etc.) but must be no more than 2 minutes in length. Films will only be judged on their message and creativity. They will not be judged on how professionally made they are.
Entries may come from individuals, small groups or whole classes, however schools and youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. A judging panel will score the entries and the winners will be announced on 7th February 2023 (Safer Internet Day 2023).
Competition closing date: 2 December 2022 at 12:00pm.
- Only primary aged children (by the time of the closing date) are allowed to enter the Primary category of the competition.
- Only young people aged between 11-18 (by the time of the closing date) are allowed to enter the Secondary category of the competition.
- The SID 2023 Film Competition is open to schools and youth organisations within Wales only.
- Practitioners/teachers must submit the entry form on behalf of learners. Only entries submitted by a teacher, practitioner or youth leader will be considered for the competition.
- All films must be submitted via the Microsoft Form together with the completed media consent form by 12pm on Friday 2nd December 2022. Films received after this date cannot be considered for the competition.
- The winning films will feature on Hwb and will be shared via the Welsh Government and WRU’s social media.
- Schools and youth organisations can enter more than one film.
- In the interests of running the SID 2023 Film Competition as a fair competition, we will only consider entries produced in collaboration between children and their school/youth setting in a joint creative effort to create films that could also be used to educate children about respect online.
- Films must be no longer than 2 minutes. This time frame must include title sequences and credits should you decide to use these. If adding credits, keep these brief to avoid cutting into your film time.
- In the interests of child protection, credits added to the end of any film should contain first names only, in accordance with the media consent policy. Any films that contain full names of children and the name of the school or youth setting in the credits cannot be considered for the competition. For more information on how we handle data, please refer to the Welsh Government Privacy Notice.
- All films must feature a positive message and contain appropriate content and imagery.
- All films must reflect the theme.
- The emphasis of the competition is on the message that you share, rather than a professional standard of recording. However, we ask that you submit films of a high enough standard comparable to other resources that are used to educate your own learners.
- All filming and production must be the work of the children and young people with no involvement from industry professionals. Practitioners are expected to support and oversee the work of the project but not create content themselves.
- All films must respect copyright law. We prefer original music and video content. If you wish to use copyrighted material (e.g. music, imagery, footage) you must obtain written permission from the copyright holder prior to the submission of your film and include this information with your entry.
- To ensure content and copyright terms are adhered to before entering the SID 2023 Film Competition, all films must be overseen by an education practitioner or youth practitioner.
Who can enter the competition?
Any school or youth setting based in Wales can enter the competition. This competition is part of the Safer Internet Day 2023 campaign in Wales.
What should my film be about?
The theme of the competition is ‘This is our voice.’ We are inviting children and young people to create a short film that communicates their views, opinions or stories of using social media, gaming or apps. The focus of this year’s competition is children’s voice.
How long can my film be?
Films must be no longer than 2 minutes. This time frame must include title sequences and credits should you decide to use these. If adding credits, keep these brief to avoid cutting into your film time.
How many entries can be submitted from one school/youth club?
There is no limit to the number of entries a school and/or youth organisation can submit.
What equipment should I use?
All schools/youth organisations have access to different facilities and equipment. You could use anything from a video camera to a mobile phone. It is the content we will be looking at.
What format should my film be in?
We recommend that your file is in MP4 format (standard HD - H.264 190/1080 and CD quality sound - AAC audio 44.1Hz 16 bit) however we will be able to process other files as well.
What if I want to add music to my film?
We can only accept films that contain original or royalty free music. Please make sure that you have read our information on copyright before you include any music in your film.
Do I need permission?
Yes, a teacher or youth leader will act as a mentor throughout the competition. They will also be responsible for entering films into the competition. When submitting a film teachers and/or youth leaders will need to make sure they have media consent form for all the people in the film, otherwise we won’t be able to accept the entry.
How do I submit an entry?
Your entry and media consent form must be submitted via the Microsoft Form.
When is the deadline to submit my film?
The cut off for entries is 12pm on Friday 2nd December 2022. Any films received after this date will not be considered
When will the winner/s be announced?
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 7th February 2023, Safer Internet Day.
Please note that for the purpose of the competition we will only accept entries that are children and young people’s original work and contain royalty-free images and sound if they are used. We will not be able to accept any work that does not adhere to this.
Copyright laws protect those who work in the creative industries, allowing them to be rewarded. It is designed to inform who can copy, adapt or distribute that work without permission and when this is allowed.
Copyright can protect a number of types of content including novels, computer programs, song lyrics, newspaper articles, music, photographs, maps, logos and film. Copyright also applies to any medium including the internet and applies to downloading, sharing, and streaming.
So, before you use images, music or any other media for your film, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the legal aspects of this. Find out more about copyright from Keeping safe online on Hwb, including this poster, or from the Intellectual Property Office.
Creative Commons licenses are copyright licenses often applied to digital content. They allow creators and other rights holders to offer certain usage rights to the public while reserving other rights. More information about Creative Commons licenses can be found here: creativecommons.org/faq/.
Downloading and using music
If you plan to use music in your film, it is safest to record something original but if you do choose to use something pre-recorded, then make sure you do have permission or the right to use it. Avoid commercial chart or known tracks as these will not be copyright free.
There are a multitude of websites which promote copyright or royalty-free music. Make sure that you read the small print as many sites ask for a license fee to use the track. There may be different conditions for how and where it will be used too.
Please note: If you download digital content using illegal sites and/or file-sharing programmes, you could be breaking the law and face consequences.
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