Schools Competition – Northampton Film Festival 2022

We want every school in Northamptonshire, from Primary through to FE (6th forms and colleges) to enter a film into our free competition.

Screen Northants have worked with so many talented young people in Northamptonshire over the last 5 years that we thought there should be a platform to show their work and to celebrate their talent, and we have added a little competition to make it interesting for the school.

The prize for the winning film is £2000 worth of camera and sound equipment for the winning school provided by our sponsor Northampton Town Centre BID. There will be an award for the best Primary and best Secondary entry then an overall winner who will win the £2000 prize.

The films can be about anything. We only want one entry per school. How the school picks the film it wants to enter is entirely down to them. We hope there are a number of films made in each school and that you have your own internal competition to decide which film is entered into the NFF Schools Competition. Schools are also welcome to submit any other films into the Main Short Film Competition or the Under 16yrs Short Film Competition (via FilmFreeway which is also free). 

Every film that is entered into the Schools Competition will be screened during the festival, which means schools will be able to come see theirs and other schools’ entries on a cinema screen.


Submission deadline is 19th April 2022 – email your film or a link to your film to

Your film can be publicly viewable online if you want or can remain private but by submitting to the festival you are granting permission for Screen Northants to screen it in a venue to the public. Please ensure you have all the relevant permissions (including students, contributors and music).

We are looking for Scripted Drama. No documentaries or Visual Art pieces. There is no minimum or maximum length but we are expecting films that are under 10 minutes. We are looking for films made specially for the competition rather than something you made last year.

If you have an idea but want to clarify if it will be accepted, please get in touch.

And if you’re a Northampton school there’s even more:

Free workshops of up to 20 hours for Northampton schools aiming to

  • inspire students about the place in which they live and
  • equip students with the skills to create their own film for Northampton Film Festival’s Schools Competition.

Email or contact Screen Northants

Supporters of the Schools Competition and workshops

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