Peterborough Children's Film Awards 2018

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The 2018 film awards will be the 13th consecutive Children’s Film Awards in Peterborough.

This year the awards night will take place on Wednesday 20 June at Kingsgate Conference Centre.

The main theme option this year is:

  • The celebration of Peterborough Cathedral's 900th anniversary 

Peterborough is celebrating the 900th anniversary of their iconic cathedral in 2018 and the city is marking this very special anniversary with a series of celebratory events and activities as part of the ‘Peterborough Celebrates’ campaign. The campaign aims to attract more visitors to the city and showcase Peterborough on a regional and national level.

In partnership with the cathedral, Peterborough City Council is coordinating a full programme of events for 2018, which is bursting with activities for the whole family to enjoy and ties in with the council's City of Festivals campaign. Dozens of events and activities are being run by local schools, community groups, charities and businesses - and they're all being encouraged to work the 900 theme into what they're doing.

The city council will be burying a time capsule containing 900 statements from residents of what the cathedral means to them. The capsule will be buried in their new offices at Fletton Quays.

Children could consider tying in the 900 theme to their film as well. 

Judging criteria

Films will be judged according to the following year group categories:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Year’s 1 and 2
  • Year’s 3 and 4
  • Year’s 5 and 6

The following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Originality of the script
  • Use of variety of camera angles and shots
  • Quality of performance (e.g. live action or vocal in animated films)
  • Quality of editing and continuity
  • Quality of costumes, props, sets (live action) Please note: if props are used please ensure logos are NOT seen.
  • Quality of models, artwork, sets (animation)
  • Technical quality of animation
  • Use of music including soundtrack (please refer to guidelines)
  • Use of sound or special effects as appropriate
  • Overall entertainment / interest of film

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  • Entry into the competition and submission of entries means that you grant Peterborough City Council authority to use films in an appropriate manner on their website and via social media to promote this event and other relevant council promotions and initiatives.
  • Entries to be pupil’s work (i.e. minimum teacher involvement of final product)
  • Films can be made either by a group of pupils from the same year group, groups of pupils from the year group categories (as shown above) or by an individual pupil
  • Film length maximum of three minutes
  • All films should be submitted in a suitable digital video format e.g. AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, DVD etc
  • All films must show credits
  • Films must NOT include any commercial logos
  • Each film needs to be accompanied by a fully completed entry form
  • All films should be hand delivered to:
    Melissa Butcher
    Peterborough City Council
    Town Hall reception
    Bridge Street
    PE1 1HG
    by Monday 14 May 2018
  • An email will be sent to confirm we have received your entry – if you do NOT receive this email please get in touch as soon as possible as it may mean your film has not been entered into the awards
  • Judges using the criteria above will nominate up to six films for each category from the entries received
  • Each film may only be entered in one (1) category

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Peterborough City Council Children's Film Awards, in partnership with Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board and Kingsgate Conference Centre have signed up to a Safeguarding Policy.

As organisations with responsibility for the welfare of children we ask that you maintain a register of the children expected to attend this event as representatives for your entries.

I would also ask that you include the staff and assistants who are also attending.

This register will assist in the case of a major incident at the event.

It is advisable for your organisation to obtain consent from participants guardians, to ensure that they are aware, and agreeable to their child's image potentially being used as part of the schools' production, in a media campaign, by PCC, Peterborough Music Hub or PSCB.

Safeguarding Consent Form

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Peterborough Music Hub - Best Soundtrack Award

It is with thanks that the Children's Film Awards introduces the Peterborough Music Hub to its supporters and promoters for this event.

Music invariably plays a significant role in providing atmosphere and mood to films and film soundtracks have produced some of the world’s most memorable and best loved pieces of music. Disney/Pixar, Star Wars, James Bond and many more classic films and franchises offer great examples of music that is recognised and enjoyed throughout the world.

Peterborough Music Hub seeks to celebrate and recognise the use of music within this year’s entries – and particularly acknowledge schools using original composition and/or young musicians as part of the soundtrack.

This award is unique in that every entry that is submitted, for any category, is automatically entered into this one.

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Event details

The event location:

Kingsgate Conference Centre
Staples Way

The venue will open for the event at 5:30pm and the doors to the auditorium will open at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start. The event will then proceed to finish at 8:15pm. There will be some light refreshments available for purchase in the foyer and there will also be photo opportunities available for the teams. 

The dress code is dress to impress and the red carpet will be rolled out for the stars of tomorrow.

For any queries or further information please contact Melissa Butcher on 01733 452469 or email

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