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MediaMag Production Competition 2024 – Being Seen

We’re back for our legendary MediaMagazine Production Competition, now into its 11th year!

If you’re new to this, the MM Production Competition is all about celebrating some of the amazing video production work you’re making as part of your courses or in your own time. All you have to do is send us your work, together with our entry form (see link below), and we’ll do the rest.

From your entries, we’ll select a shortlist of around 20 of the most exciting videos for a showreel which will be screened at our showcase event at the BFI Southbank on Friday 12th July, to an audience of your friends and family. There will be trophies for the most accomplished, original or watchable entries, and an after-party to celebrate your work and to meet other young film-makers.

Every year, we provide you with a very broad idea or theme you could use to focus your work. This year’s theme is Being Seen. It might be useful in getting you started, but you don’t have to use it – anything goes! The door is wide open. It’s your chance to be as creative, original, personal, critical or entertaining as you like.

  • Entries must be no longer than 5 minutes. And they can, of course, be much, much shorter – often short is sweet, and a well-edited 2-minute sequence can often showcase your skills more effectively than a longer piece.
  • This is definitely not just about your school or college coursework. We want to see whatever you’re making, whether it’s part of your NEA coursework, made in a youth group or film club, out of school, for TikTok, Instagram or other social media, or just for fun with your mates.
  • The choice of form or media genre is yours! It could be:

A video diary, digital essay, reportage; a documentary or narrative short film; a campaign or a music video; animation; a spoken word poem or audio-visual montage with sound and still or video images, a comedy sketch – in fact any moving image format or genre which allows you to communicate your ideas, experiences, or learning in a creative way.

  • You can use anything and everything to create your video – live action, animation, a sequence of still images, Lego, Barbies, other toys, household objects, people, photographs, animals - any resources you can find which will help you tell your own story. Make the most of the chance to produce without restrictions - nothing is out of bounds!
  • You can submit work as an individual, a pair or a small group – but remember to indicate the role you took in the production.
  • As in previous years, a celebrity filmmaker judge will select the most inspirational videos to be shown at our showcase event at the BFI on Friday 12th All shortlisted entrants will receive certificates and the winning entries will go online on the MediaMagazine website.

Key dates

  • Deadline for your entries: Sunday 21st April
  • Announcement of shortlist online: Thursday 23rd May
  • Showcase event and winners announced at the BFI Southbank: 12th July

How to enter

To submit your entry, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMProdComp24

We’re looking forward to seeing the unique and creative ways you respond to this challenge!

Not sure where to start? Use our prompts to start you thinking and help get the creative juices flowing! Download here.