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 info@kidsforkidsuk.org or visit www.cinemasports.com

For more information about East Durham Creates please email stayintouch@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk or visit www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk

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 freshonline@bbc.co.uk

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 info@kidsforkidsuk.org

Sign up here: http://cinemasports.com/event-group/cinemasports-autumn-2014

For examples of past Cinemasports events, see the website at www.cinemasports.com
Visit our Cinemasports Channels on on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/channels/601782 and http://vimeo.com/channels/426218

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: http://eastdurhamcreates.co.uk/EDC/


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 info@kidsforkidsuk.org 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

Sep 052014

Thank you for your submission(s) to this year’s Kids for Kids UK Film Competition.  We are now going to spend the next few weeks shortlisting and will  be in touch with everyone who submitted a film before the end of September to let you know if your film(s) has been shortlisted for screening and an award.



Aug 112014

Applications are now invited from young people between the ages of 16-19 for our second BFI Film Academy for County Durham – information and application form are available by email to info@kidsforkidsuk.org.

The BFI Film Academy (www.bfi.org.uk/filmacademy) aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers and offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera work, the academy also provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

After completing the BFI Film Academy course, young people are able to progress to a range of other exciting opportunities.

At last years’ Film Academy we worked with 12 young people from around County Durham, who attended a range of master classes with industry professionals, the students then devised, shot and edited a fantastic short film, which premiered at the new Victoria Centre in Howden-le-Wear and has since gone on to be screened at various film festivals around the world.

All enquires to be directed to Helen Ward either by email (info@kidsforkidsuk.org or phone 01388 765002)

Closing date for applications is October 13th 2014 at 12 noon



Jul 222014
Calling all young filmmakers from the UK aged 6 – 19 years

The UK Kids for Kids Film Festival, now in it’s 6th year of operation, is seeking submissions of short films made by children and young people of up to 10 minutes  for its annual national film competition.

Categories are * Live Action * Animation * One Minute Films

Selected films for the competition section will be screened at the BFI Southbank in London on Saturday 15th November 2014.

The festival team will appoint an international professional jury and a children’s jury who will award the following prizes:
Best Film in each age group and in each category, and one Grand Prize for Outstanding Achievement for a film made by children and young people from each age group with the winners of this award also having their film classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

Awards and Prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the competition at the BFI Southbank.  Full details of events to follow.

Deadline for entries is 31st August, 2014

Please read the competition guidelines before you submit your film which can be downloaded here: KFK-guidelines

Submit your film using the online submission form on our website here and then send us your film either on DVD or via We Transfer before the deadline date of 31st August to info@kidsforkidsuk.org.

Jul 102014

VUE MOVIEMAKERS 12ALocal primary school children’s screenwriting dreams come to life

Four children from Beaconhill Community Primary School saw their Hollywood dreams come true as their competition-winning short films premiered on the big screen at Vue Cramlington in early July.

In a competition to celebrate the first anniversary of Vue Cramlington, pupils were asked to put their creative minds to work and design an exciting movie storyboard using “Hollywood comes to Cramlington” as inspiration.

The three exceptional stories chosen to be made into Hollywood-style blockbusters were Shaun Fantozzi’s action-packed hero epic, Superdog, Daniel Clack’s mischievous cat comedy, Me-Ow, and the eerie Monster Who Went to School by LIlian Rintoul and Chelsea Richards.

The films were then developed into animations by young award winning filmmakers from our national film competition who went on to create the final films with support from our team.   Jacob Crow from Barnard Castle, County Durham cleverly crafted Superdog using LEGO® animation while Joe Blandamer from Devon put his sculpting skills to work for Me-Ow using plasticine animation.  The Remix Group, a team of four young people from the Washington Arts Centre, creatively developed Monster Who Went to School entirely from their own illustrations and voiceovers.

Kieran Lancini, Vue PR & Publicity Manager, says, “We were overwhelmed by the creative talents of local Cramlington children. Choosing our three winners to have their stories made into films from so many great entries was not an easy decision.

“Since opening our doors in Cramlington last year, we’ve wanted to bring a little bit of Hollywood to the community. It’s been fantastic to be able to take this a step further and work with local children to help their aspiring Hollywood dreams come to life, while also working with passionate and talented young filmmakers from Kids for Kids UK to make it happen.”

The films premiered at a special screening exclusively for Beaconhill Community Primary School where the winning children were presented with an Oscar-style accolade for their work.

For more information on the Vue cinemas please visit www.myvue.com.

Watch the 3 films below

Superdog from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Meow from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.

Monster Who Went To School from Kids for Kids UK on Vimeo.