British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

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Entry deadline: 5pm on Friday 11 January 2019. Nominations will be announced by the end of February
2019.


 

Online Education Resource Award

Any educational resource that is hosted online and contains a moving image element. This
award can be entered by any organisation or individual. Types of delivery platform may include:

  • Interactive websites or internet resources (where text and other elements support moving image)
  • Games, Apps or other handheld device resources that incorporate moving image

Previous winners:

BBC Teach Website – BBC Learning (2018)
This educational website is a collection of resources aimed at teachers throughout the UK and contains thousands of free, curriculum mapped classroom videos. The film submitted was: When I Worry About Things, which features the real testimony of young people who have suffered with mental illness, put to moving animated sequences. Our judging panel thought it would be a very suitable film to educate young people about mental illness.


 

Educational Film Award (Universities and Colleges)

Educational films produced by universities, colleges or school sixth forms. Entries to this
category can have been produced to educate either a general audience or those with a
specific interest. This category is open to content that has not been broadcast but has been
distributed to viewers or users via any other delivery platform.

Previous winners:

A Visit to a Family Home – The Open University (2018)
This is a drama portraying a home visit to a family by a social worker. The scenario features a potential grooming case about a 16-year-old who has been seeing an older man. The judges praised the technical expertise and stated it would be an excellent learning tool, authentically tackling a challenging issue.


 

Educational Film Award (arts organisations, charities, museums)

Any film intended to educate either a general audience or those with a specific interest. This
category is open to content that has not been broadcast, but has been distributed to
viewers or users via any other delivery platform. This can include content produced by
museums, libraries, publishers, galleries, charities or any other organisation or individual
creating educational productions.

Previous winners:

Screwball! – CTVC Ltd/ TrueTube (2018)
Screwball! is a comedy drama about Ryan and Natalie – two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other’s expectations. The judges felt this was a hard topic to tackle but that the production met its objectives and praised the tone and overall message.


 

Broadcast Award

Productions transmitted via any broadcast channel in the UK or beyond. This includes all
medium to large-scale productions, broadcast to any audience size. Films in this category
should aim to educate either a general audience or those with a specific interest. Entries to
this category must have broadcast between 1 January 2018 and 11 January 2019.

Previous winners:

Raped: My Story – Lambent Productions (2018)
A film about 10 people who have been raped and speak out for the first time. Only one of their stories will end with a guilty verdict. Their extraordinarily honest accounts reveal first-hand how a case is won or lost. The judges commented that the film’s objectives were clearly met in the first minutes and praise the brave and powerful contribution from the interviewees.


 

Promotional Film Award

Any film that has been produced by an in-house team or individual at a university or college
to promote their institution, department, facilities or specialist resources.

Previous winners:

We Are Story – Falmouth University (2018)
A 50-second promotional film designed to capture the essence of the Film and Television School at Falmouth University. Judges praised the high production values, strong branding and said it conveyed the school’s facilities very well.


 

Archive Award

Films using archival material that have been produced as part of an educational course by course tutors or students.
These can be on any subject.

Previous winners:

Memory – ITN Productions Education (2018)
A three-minute English Language Teaching video on the topic ‘Memory’, creatively weaving a classic archive TV series featuring real life characters and authentic language. The judges commented that this would be a fun and engaging film for foreign language students praise the seamless integration of archive material.


 

Audiovisual Essay Award

Audiovisual essays that have been produced as part of an educational course by course tutors or students. These can be on any subject.

Previous winners:

Into the Looking Glass – How Selfie Culture is Preparing us to Meet our Future Selves – Aberystwyth University (2018)
A 24-minute essay on selfie culture and screen technology. Rather than simply illustrate the script, the selected audio-visual materials attempt to offer a more engaging experience for the viewer by responding to and entering into dialogue with the spoken text. The judges praised the very high production value and pointed out the painstaking research that gone into it, with sources spanning over 100 years.


 

Student Production Awards

Productions on any theme, made by students as part of a course or training activity. The
productions offered may be linear drama, factual, advertising or animation films – or non-
linear interactive works of any sort.

Entries to the Student Production Awards come under
one of five categories:

  • Student Further Education (including school sixth form)
  • Student College Higher Education
  • Student Undergraduate
  • Student Postgraduate Award
  • Student Documentary Award (FE, UG, PG)

Previous winners:

10% Service Charge – Manchester Film School, The Manchester College (College Further Education 2018)
A short film that uses humour and romance to raise the issue of gratuities to people who work in the hospitality industry. The judging panel praised the slick production, excellent lighting and felt the level of humour was spot on.

Animal – University of Westminster (Undergraduate 2018)
When pushed to breaking point, Rose makes a split decision to do something she knows will unleash the violence and animalistic nature ingrained in every human. Our jury praised the excellent cinematography and the sound design that captured the atmosphere of the eerie forest.

Writing Home – University of the West of Scotland (Postgraduate 2018)
A film about Daniel Doran, an author enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle who reluctantly returns home to his Irish village to face the far less glamorous reality of the community he left behind. Our judges praised the slick production, technical expertise and strong performances.

Self Made Man – University of Westminster (Documentary 2018)
In this film Harry, a transgender filmmaker, has been watching Finn vlog about his gender transition, mental health and recovery from alcoholism for four years. He contacts Finn to suggest making a documentary about Finn’s process, using re-enactments, but the film ends up being more about Harry confronting issues around his own transition. Our judges commended the film’s authenticity and praised excellent handling of a very important subject matter.


 

Sustainability Award

For 2019 we are also offering an additional Sustainability Award that is free to enter and open to all. In order to enter this category, you will just need to fill in some additional information about your production when you complete your entry form.

Learning on Screen is working with albert, a collaborative BAFTA, indie and broadcaster backed project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The project aims for all UK screen content to be made in a way that benefits individuals, industry organisations and the planet.

We are offering a new Sustainability Award to a production that has considered sustainability and has taken steps to reduce environmental impact during their production/ post-production.

A sustainable production might have considered the following factors:

  • Use of local crew
  • Cast/ crew car sharing
  • Use of public transport
  • Carbon positive taxi company
  • Sending digital call sheets/ scripts to reduce unnecessary printing
  • Recycling of catering supplies to cut down waste i.e. reusable bottles, plates, cutlery
  • Use of low energy lighting
  • Recycling/ donation of sets
  • Use of renewable electricity in production offices, studios and post production facilities
  • Recycling/ donation of costumes
  • Use of the albert calculator at: https://calc.wearealbert.org/uk
  • Editorial choices (i.e. showing recycling, sustainable food, electric cars etc or raising environmental issues on screen)

If you believe you have met some or all of these factors, please briefly describe on the entry form how you feel you have addressed sustainability by reducing your environmental impact and you will be automatically entered into this additional category (at no additional cost).


Entry fees (all fees include VAT)

    • £135 per entry (standard fee)
    • £97.50 per entry (member discount rate)
    • £37.50 per entry (student awards)

Qualifying period and closing date:

Productions or resources entered must have been completed or broadcast during the
period between 1 January 2018 and 11 January 2019.

Entry deadline: 5pm on Friday 11 January 2019. Nominations will be announced by the end of February
2019.