Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films

Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films invites people to make 90-second films to share their thoughts and ideas about climate change and how it is affecting us as individuals, our surroundings, families and communities. Youth groups, schools, community organisations, activist groups and individuals are all encouraged to take part.

Regardless of background, age or filmmaking experience, anyone can submit a film to the Challenge and there are resources available online to help people get started. The early deadline for film submissions is midnight on 24th October 2021.

  • How would you reimagine life and our future for beautiful Scotland - and our entire planet?
  • What changes do you wish to see and how should we move forward for a better future globally?
  • Do you have a story and/or experience to share that would inspire people to think and act differently?
  • Would your home and region be affected in a particular way and how do you think your community would respond?

Workshops for Groups and Organisations

Groups and organisations, such as Community Groups, Youth Groups, Environmental Groups, Activist Groups and Arts Groups, can register for Free Online Workshops where a group representative will receive filmmaking and climate literacy training. This is only available for groups based in Scotland. Through this highly accessible and practical free online training, the representative will be confident in working with their group or organisation to make a 90-second live action or animated film for the Climate Challenge.

Our Workshops are delivered online in collaboration with organisations across Scotland: Screen Education Edinburgh, GMAC Film, Media Education, shmu, South West Media Factory, An Lanntair, Plantation Productions, Screen Argyll and Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Additional Information

Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films is set against the background of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-26) taking place in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November 2021. The Challenge is led by Film Access Scotland and supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland  and  by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

All eligible films submitted to the Challenge will be made available for viewing on Film Access Scotland’s website, providing a platform for sharing views on climate change. Submissions from young people aged between 16 and 25 years will automatically be entered into Film Access Scotland’s Youth Film Festival in November 2021.

Films submitted by filmmakers based in Scotland may also be screened at fringe events in Glasgow in and around COP26 and at events to celebrate the Challenge planned after COP26. There will be commendations and prizes for filmmakers based in Scotland.

How  would  you reimagine life,  the  future for  our  beautiful  country  and  for  our planet?  If  you have any stories to tell, then we are looking forward to seeing them in a 90-second film!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PLEASE EMAIL US ON 1.5DEGREES@FILMACCESS.SCOT

Please make sure you read the Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria before you submit your film. 

This is a hugely important moment in human history: our climate is changing rapidly, and we need to be bold, imaginative and willing to make changes to our societies and lives to limit the dangers presented by the climate crisis. The Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films project is looking for inspirational, original, authentic stories from people all around Scotland addressing how they feel about climate change, how it affects them and their communities, as well as reimagining the future of Scotland and our planet. It invites everyone with stories and experiences to respond to climate change and take up the challenge through filmmaking in order influence the conversations and encourage positive action.

How does climate change effect you? What do you think about COP26? There are so many ways to approach your film, for example:

  • How would you reimagine life, the future for our beautiful country and for our planet?
  • What changes would you wish to see to move towards a better future globally?
  • Do you have a story and/or experience to share that would inspire people to think and act differently?
  • Would climate change affect your home and region in a particular way and how do you think your community would respond?

You can submit more than 1 film and respond to different subjects in different films! Films must be short: only 90-seconds or 1.5 minutes long – like the hoped-for maximum limit on global warming of 1.5 degrees. Films can be made using any technology, but we especially encourage the use of smartphones and tablets.

Films must be short: only 90-seconds or 1.5 minutes long – like the hoped-for maximum limit on global warming of 1.5 degrees. Films can be made using any technology, but we especially encourage the use of smartphones and tablets.

All eligible films submitted to the Challenge will be made available for viewing on Film Access Scotland’s website, providing a platform for sharing views on climate change (see our eligibility criteria below). Submissions from young people aged between 16 and 25 years will automatically be entered into Film Access Scotland’s Youth Film Festival in November 2021.

Films submitted by filmmakers based in Scotland only may also be screened at fringe events in Glasgow in and around COP26 and at events to celebrate the Challenge planned after COP26. There will be commendations and prizes for filmmakers based in Scotland.

Anyone can submit a film or more than 1 film, as long as: 

  • Your film is between 60 and 90 seconds in length (between 1 minute and 1:30 minutes).
  • The subject and story address the climate crisis.  
  • All contributors to the making of the film have completed a Release Form granting Film Access Scotland the necessary rights to screen the film and include it in the Climate Challenge and associated events. 
  • Credits are included in the 90 second runtime. Please restrict your credits to no more than 5 seconds.
  • The film does not feature any branded logos, copyright material or other content you do not have permission to use (this includes music, images, videos and use of a person’s image or likeness without their consent).   
  • The film does not include any material which could be considered libellous to individuals, organisations or companies.  
  • The film meets our appropriate content guidelines: the film must be suitable for everyone to watch and should not contain graphic material that would reasonably be considered unsuitable for all ages; we will not accept films that personally name individuals, organisations or companies who have not given their consent, or films that are derogatory or overtly negative. Film Access Scotland reserves the right, without giving reasons, not to accept any film that it deems offensive or inappropriate. Learn more about BBFC Universal rating here https://www.bbfc.co.uk/rating/u. 

USEFUL LINKS

Groups and organisations can register for workshops below:

Please make sure you read the Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria before making your film:

Not sure where to get started? See our Resources pack below:

Submit your film below. You will be asked to sign a Release Form and to complete the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form:

The submission form includes a Release Form. If you need to sign a separate Release Form for additional filmmakers and contributors please complete the form via the link below:

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