Nov 172014

Grand Prize winners of our Kids for Kids UK National Competition as voted by the Professional Jury were also lucky enough to win a professional BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for their award winning films.

Winner of the Grand Prize for most outstanding film in the 6-12 years age group went to Brookfield Primary for the production of their fantastic film ‘Horror School’.

Brookfield Primary School











Winner of the Grand Prize for most outstanding film in the 13-19 years age group went to Hugo and Ollie Inglis for their clever and entertaining film ‘Out of the Box’.  Congratulations to both groups.

Hugo and Ollie Inglis


Nov 172014

Our annual national competition took place at the BFI Southbank on Saturday 15th November with children and young people travelling down from all over the country to attend the screenings in the 6-12 years and 13-19 years categories.  In attendance at the screening were Professional Jury members Adam Hipkin and Dan Hipkin of Tea Films along with Kristie Lemon from Third City.   Well done to all who made the shortlist especially as it was our biggest submission year to date.

The winners are as follows with all films available to view on our Vimeo Channel here

6 – 12 years Professional Jury Winners

Best Live Action – One of Our Harpies is Missing by Kibworth Primary School

Best Animation – Copperbeard and the Legend of Pie by Battyeford Primary School

Best 1 Minute – Little Arrow’s Film by Toby Little

Grand Prize – Horror School by Brookfield Primary

6 – 12 years Youth Jury Winners

Best Live Action – Chicken Rap by Grove FM

Best Animation – The Invasion of the Chocolate Monster by Bishop Harvey Goodwin School

Best 1 Minute – A Mario Movie by the WOW Zone

Grand Prize – The Dangerous Dictionary by Yeo Moor Primary School

13 – 19  years Professional Jury Winners

Best Live Action – Angel for Hire by Katy Hoggard

Best Animation – Gone Fishin’ by Joe Blandamer

Best 1 Minute – Dear May by Carl Mason and Lewis Thompson

Grand Prize – Out of the Box by Hugo Inglis and Ollie Inglis

13 – 19  years Youth Jury Winners

Best Live Action – Action Hero by Lauren Bellamy

Best Animation – Women of the Working Class by Barnsley Museum Youth Panel

Best 1 Minute – The Farmers by Jacob Crow

Grand Prize – Angel for Hire by Katy Hoggard



Nov 142014

Young people from County Durham are in production of their first Sci Film as part of our 2014/15 BFI Academy with support from filmmaker Ben Race and Animator and SFX specialist Mark Job.  Inspired by the BFI’s Sci Fi Blockbuster season Days of Wonder the group of 15 young people have risen to the challenge of creating a brilliant story using East Durham College as the location setting with additional scenes being created using green screen.

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Nov 132014

Loving our festival ident created by two very talented young animators Joe Blandamer and Jacob Crow in collaboration with Gareth Hudson our creative director.  Looking forward to meeting all the young people on Saturday 15th November at BFI Southbank to screen the films and announce the award winners.

Kids for Kids UK 2014 Festival Ident from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Oct 022014

logo blue fbOver 70 children and young people from schools in East Durham and groups of adults are taking part in a unique global film challenge in September and October 2014 working with professional filmmakers from Kids for Kids UK.

Using video cameras groups of Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 children from Glendene Arts Academy, Shotton Hall Academy, Dene Community School and Wellfield Community School were supported in the production of a series of 18 short films created in a one day workshop programme with adults from Stonham, Shotton Women’s Cree project and staff from East Durham Creates and East Durham Trust also participating in teams.   Each film is required to contain 3 ingredients: Map, Reflection and Whisper.  The groups are competing in teams against other schools and community groups as well as competing against teams from around the world including Taiwan, Australia, South Korea, Greece and Laos.

Alongside a global online film screening the young people from East Durham will be able to see their masterpieces on the big screen at East Durham College in Peterlee where prizes will be announced in various categories including Best Concept, Best Camerawork, Best Editing and Best Teamwork.  The adult groups will be treated to a pedal power cinema screening of their short films with participants being required to pedal in order to power the projector kit!

This project was made possible with generous funding from East Durham Creates which is a 2-year programme of exciting and fun opportunities to do, watch, learn, visit, and most importantly GET INVOLVED with art with funding provided by Arts Council England as part of Creative People, Creative Places.

For more information about please email or visit

For more information about East Durham Creates please email or visit

Oct 022014

IMG_6190We are pleased to announce the shortlist of our 2014 Kids for Kids UK National Young Filmmakers Competition with 36 fantastic shorts being selected in the Live Action, Animation and 1 Minute categories.  The films will now go on to be watched  by both an international professional jury and a youth jury with the winners being announced at our annual film screening at the BFI Southbank on Saturday 15th November.

6 – 12 Years

Live Action

* The Dangerous Dictionary produced by Yeo Moor Primary School
* Horror School produced by Brookfield Primary School
* One of Our Harpies is Missing produced by Large Scale Film
* Westhaven Wonders produced by Westhaven School
* Chicken Rap by Grove FM


* The Invasion of the Chocolate Monster produced by Bishop Harvey Goodwin School
* The Door produced by Royd Nursery Infant School
* Mortimer produced by Brookfield Primary School
* Copperbeard and the Legend of Pie produced by Batteyford C of E Primary School
* Nightmare of Flood Street produced by Macmillan Academy
* The Bench produced by Brookfield Primary School

1 Minute

* World War 1 produced by The WOW Zone
* The Rose produced by Dora Clapham
* A Mario Movie produced by The WOW Zone
* Little Arrow’s Film produced by Toby Little
* The Great Adventure produced by Bella Qureshi

13 – 19 Years

* Live Action
* Underage Tatoos produced by The Mouth That Roars
* Pumpkin produced by Rural Media Company
* The Gift produced by Ravenswood School
* Out of the Box produced by Hugo and Ollie Inglis
* Over the Top produced by Pinewood School
* Angel for Hire produced by Katy Hoggard
* Collection Day produced by Lizzy Mansfield
* Action Hero produced by Lauren Bellamy


* A Dog’s Dinner produced by Christopher Childs
* Women of the Working Class produced by David Bunting
* The Monster Who Went to School produced by Remix Washington
* ME-OW produced by Joe Blandamer
* Superdog produced by Jacob Crow
* Gone Fishin’ produced by Joe Blandamer

1 Minute

* The Farmers produced by Jacob Crow
* Mitchell Goldfield produced by Emmie and Lilly Thompson
* Dear May produced by Carl Mason and Lewis Thompson
* The Primeminister produced by Beacon Hill Arts
* The Royal Zoo produced by Beacon Hill Arts

Sep 232014

Jacob Crow the brilliantly talented young animator from County Durham scooped the Chris Anderson Award at the Berwick Film and Media Festival this weekend for the wonderful short Lego animation ‘Superdog’ which he produced under our guidance as part of our Vue Cinema project.   We are so proud of Jacob and look forward to following his career path.  Check out the film on our Vimeo Channel below

Superdog from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Sep 232014

E846A46A-79F6-4872-B9D6-7A6C99819E0CAre you a documentary filmmaker? BBC Three are now open for submissions to be considered for BBC Fresh Online – Fresh is the BBC’s online space for short documentary films that gives new and emerging documentary filmmakers an opportunity to have their work shown by the BBC. Previous submissions to Fresh are currently being chosen for a 60min compilation programme that will be broadcast on BBC Three later this year. We very much hope to obtain a similar commission for a broadcast programme for films submitted between now and the closing date of 31.12.14. Films should be 2-10mins in length, appeal to a BBC Three audience (ages 16-34), and reflect what it is like to be young in the UK today. We want an insight into what’s really important to this audience in 2014. Key life events work well; such as getting your first car, going to your first music festival, starting uni or a job, having a baby, or getting married. We are also interested in films about arts and music, sports, disability, family, migration and immigration, identity, sexuality, crime, mental health… Pretty much anything really! We are interested in what you are interested in. We want to hear your voices, find out about your lives and what you care about. So use this opportunity to express your opinions, tell your story and try out your filmmaking skills. The full brief, and the terms and conditions, can be found on the website. Closing date for submissions is 31st December 2014. More information on the BBC Three audience can be found here. The Fresh Online Team

Sep 102014

cinema sports2Call for participants across the UK and around the world – you are invited to join youth and adult teams from around the East Durham area of North East England to participate in an exciting 1 day film challenge.  Make a short movie in under 10 hours as part of Cinemasports UK. Participation can be from schools, youth groups etc or individuals.

Your film must include our 3 thematic ingredients which are MAP, REFLECTION AND WHISPER.

Finished movies must be less than 3 minutes, contain little or no dialogue and use copyright free music (if appropriate).

Movies are due at noon on Thursday 9th October 2014 to be uploaded to a shared Dropbox folder.

Each of your teams will spend a maximum of 10 hours total (planning, shooting, editing) on their movie.
Teams may work on their movie in one long day or spread out over a few days.

There will be awards for Best UK Entry, International Entry, Use of Ingredients, Concept, Camera, Editing, Directing and Acting.

Movies will screen at Kids for Kids UK East Durham Creates Cinemasports Screening in County Durham on Monday 13th October (time tbc).

For more information and to register please contact Helen Ward on

Sign up here:

For examples of past Cinemasports events, see the website at
Visit our Cinemasports Channels on on Vimeo at and

This programme is delivered in partnership with East Durham Creates,  a programme of creative and cultural activity developed with and for the people of East Durham, starting in May 2014 and continuing until summer 2016. You can find more information about the programme here:


Sep 052014

Aged 16-19 years? Live in County Durham? Interested in filmmaking? Available during October Half Term and some saturdays in November and December? Then get in touch with Kids for Kids UK either by email or by phone 01388 765002 to find out how to apply for the 2014/15 BFI Academy. Its a great chance to work with film professionals, meet new people, make new friends and have loads of fun whilst learning lots of new skills. Watch the highlights from last year’s BFI Academies to get a taste for what you could do.  You can download more information and the application form here: Year 2 KFK UK BFI Academy Application