Films by Young People

Calling for film entries!

Send us your original films for a chance to win exciting prizes and opportunities.

The British Council, in support of the Children Film Society, is calling for films made by young people in Nepal. You can submit original short films on one of three themes: climate change, cultural heritage, or inclusion.  

We will be selecting up to 10 films for a round of voting before announcing our final winners. All selected films will be part of a children’s film festival in March 2023.  

You can read the Application Guide to understand more about the process of submitting your film. If you intend to make a film for this call, please refer to our extensive resources which can support your filmmaking journey. Our video and text resources are available in English and Nepali and they are tailored to young people as well as adults who want to facilitate young filmmaking.  

Films can be made on a mobile phone, tablet or with a camera.

Films should be: 

  • Shorter than five minutes including credits 
  • Both fiction and non-fiction films will be considered 
  • Free of copyrighted media (music, images etc.) 
  • In Nepali or English (other languages will be considered if subtitles are provided in Nepal or English) 
  • Submitted using the below form by 11:59 PM Nepal time on 30 December 2022.  

Children Film Society was established in 2022 by the Film Development Board with support from the British Council and Into Film, UK to bring the power of film to young people across the country.   

Resources 

We are providing a host of resources to support the filmmaking process, including two workshops for educators.

Three-hour sessions are facilitated by our seasoned Camera Sika mentors who will cover basic filmmaking skills and help with practical guidelines. Follow us on social media for the workshop opening. 

You can also download our bespoke guide to documentary filmmaking and watch our 'how to' video tutorials which will strengthen your filmmaking skills before you start. We strongly recommend reviewing these resources and/or registering for the workshops before starting on your film. 

Presenter Led Documentary  Learn about the presenter-led style of documentary filmmaking through this video by Camera Sika Educator Mark Bishop 
Voiceover led documentary  Learn about the voiceover-led style of documentary filmmaking through this video by Camera Sika Educator Hafsah Naib 
How to make a film  Learn filmmaking basics through this seven-part tutorial series by Camera Sika Mentors 
Camera Sika resource  A comprehensive film guide by Into Film
Camera Sika – Documentary resource book - English Learn the basics of documentary filmmaking and the various approaches that you can take to tell a story
Camera Sika – Documentary resource book - Nepali  Learn the basics of documentary filmmaking and the various approaches that you can take to tell a story 

Partners 

Film Development Board 

Film Development Board (FDB) was established on 30 June 2000 by the Government of Nepal to develop and promote the motion picture sector in the country. FDB works across sector professionals, and international and national partners to help bridge the gap between film entrepreneurship and government resources/processes. It has been involved in young film since 2019 through the Camera Sika project. www.film.gov.np 

Into Film  

Into Film gives every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK and across the world the chance to experience film creatively. Their mission is to inspire dynamic ways of learning with film and connecting with cinema that reaches the widest possible young audience across the UK and the world. And to put film at the heart of every child and young person's educational, cultural, and personal development. Into Film runs clubs, and special cinema screenings, creates resources and training to support classroom teaching and hosts rich online content for young audiences. www.intofilm.org 

UNICEF Nepal 

UNICEF is dedicated to advancing the rights of all children, especially the most marginalized and disadvantaged. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.  https://www.unicef.org/nepal/