Make Peace, Not War - £1,000 Funding


23rd April 2020 at 11:59am - 23rd March 2020 at 12:59pm

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This is a virtual opportunity.
Opportunity Details

£1,000 funding for your short film idea to celebrate a culture of peace


About the £1K Challenge 


Around every Quarter we give our Members the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund a short film. Successful applicants will be awarded £1,000 which can be spent on location, equipment and costume. 


We base the themes of these short films around significant events in the calendar year..


Theme - Make peace, not war 

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences. 


We challenge you to develop film concept that promotes building a Culture of Peace


Important Dates 

Application Deadline - 23rd April 2020

Film Announcement- 10h May 2020 

Film Handin - 10th August 2020 

Film Release - 21 September 2020 


Who Can Apply? 

Funding is for Members only. Membership to the National Youth Film Academy is for as little as £10 for 3 months. 

The Film 

  1. All characters playing age must be between 13 - 30 years old 
  2. Minimum of 2 speaking characters 15 minutes in length 
  3. You can submit as many films as you wish
  4. The film must meet the theme criteria 
  5. It can be a documentary 
  6. All crew must be aged 16-25 years with a minimum of 5 crew 

How to submit your idea? 


Please attach to your application; 


A Script -  this doesn’t have to be a completed screenplay. It can be a treatment, a PDF with links to footage, or any other pitch document that shows the project’s potential.

A Cover Letter  (We recommend 1-2 pages in length) —  Please include

  1. Your vision for your project.
  2. Why you believe that your project would represent the National Youth Film Academy well.
  3. Your desired role. Scripts / Treatments are submitted and if selected you will be credited as a writer. If you also wish to act or direct in the film, please state this so we can consider you.

Your Team - For each of the crew Members and Actors, they must have a profile on the website, please include their profile URL in the application. If they don’t have one they can register here  

Additional Eligibility


  1. Funding must be used on production costs only. It cannot be used for food, drink, travel or accommodation.
  2. Hired equipment must be through our partner Procam unless otherwise agreed.
  3. Funding cannot be used on Freelance Salary. We wish to encourage our members to contribute to each project role.
  4. All materials submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this production grant program.
  5. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  6. Screenplay must be owned and submitted by the writer or owner.
  7. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  8. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of the writer would suffice.
  9. Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or director or the work is in the public domain.
  10. Screenplays must be in generally accepted industry-standard formatting as a PDF file. Any popular software may be used for formatting, such as Final Draft, WriterDuet, Celtx or Fade In.
  11. The material submitted must be in English
  12. All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible
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