Film, Media and Performing Arts Competition
Push the boundaries and experiment

Our theme is the word Irregularity, which can mean random, uneven, eccentric, distorted or imperfect, it is the quality of not being regular in shape or form, something that is unusual or unexpected.

What you should produce for your entry?
Here are some suggestions and ideas you may use to help you get started:

Film yourself on the subject of The Self and The Selfie or film the movement of people, everyday objects in moving image or photography in your community where you live, experiment with words and describe your day and the irregularities you come across whilst making this film. Remember to do a storyboard which is an important part of the pre-production prior to clearly conveying the story and to see how your shots work. Before filming, experiment with different film settings in iMovie. Watch an iMovie Basics Tutorial – How To Use iMovie – YouTube.

Creating a backdrop for your irregular shapes you are going to film or photograph or perform? You could create an inexpensive Photography Lightbox made out of a shoe box and using desk lights in your home that provide directional lighting each side of the box. For the backdrop you can use white cotton or silk, white card, or any paper that will work to create a theatrical setting for your shapes.

Record the noises of the home which could include the act of cleaning including hovering, sweeping, mopping, rinsing, washing up, loading and unloading the dishwasher, doorbell ringing, doors opening and closing, walking up and down the stairs. Sounds of other background noises including radio, music, television, moving traffic outside your home or birds in the garden. Use your phone to record these sounds. Use Voice Memos on your phone to make the recordings and Adobe Audition to make the sound piece or Soundscape. Added audio effects can be done by Sound Snap.

Performing a short irregular play incorporating poetry, sound and image to tell a personal narrative on irregularity. Look for a pattern in the poem. Arrange your words into a particular repetitive form to structure the poem. Use a combination of sound and visual elements to provide the structure for the poem. Distort the sounds and make a sound piece to go with the words. Stop and start the words and the lines of the poem to make it disjointed.

Props could be used for your film, your stage set, your photography or your play. Use household objects such as amazon packaging, corrugated cardboard, cleaning materials or bath soaps or talcum powder, upholstery or dress fabrics, old socks, shoes and create interesting and irregular shapes to wear as an object on yourself, a member of your family or a friend and make an irregular happening with your hand made adaptive in your home!

Admission criteria
Our competitions are suitable for young people aged 15-18 who have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills, knowledge and portfolio.  

The aim of these competitions are to provide an opportunity for young people to access free creative opportunities from a higher education institution to support them to find out more about creative subjects, pathways, and careers. 

Participants must reside in the United Kingdom to enter.

How to enter the Film, Media & Performing Arts Competition
To enter the Film, Media & Performing Arts Competition you will need to complete the online form here. When submitting your entry, if you are submitting multiple PDFs, please ensure these are collated into 1 PDF document and uploaded to the entry form. You will need to complete an additional supporting statement and upload this as part of the collated document. In your supporting statement, please provide the name of your artwork and tell us some information about your entry.

The deadline will be on the 16 May 2021. You’ll be contacted directly with any further information.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your entry!