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Royal Television Society's Young People's Media Festival

Royal Television Society's Young People's Media Festival is for students between the ages of 14 and 19 who have a passion for media. It enables them to:

  • See their work shown on a big cinema screen
  • See work produced by other young people
  • Have their work seen by media professionals who work in the industry
  • Have the opportunity to meet other young people who also have a passion for film-making

The most outstanding work will be recognised and may even be awarded a Royal Television Society Certificate - something industry professionals dream of!

Royal Television Society

Young People's Media Festival

Entries are welcomed from schools, community groups and clubs who work with young people and the media, although entries are also welcomed from individuals who wish to create films outside of these organisations. The most outstanding work from the entries will be recognised and may be awarded a Royal Television Society Certificate.

This year the submissions will be slightly different, as you will now be directed to upload your submission to the BAFTA awards entry site, instead of sending hard copies to us in the post.

You can access further information about the Festival and guidelines, terms and conditions as well as the link to submit, below.

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Senior Media Festival

RTS Senior Festival

The Senior RTS Young People's Media Festival is open to students aged 14-19 years old. Call for entries are now open for 2018. 

The Senior Festival has the following categories:

Factual

A short film documenting or reporting non-fictional person or event- e.g documentaries or news reports.

Drama

A short film telling a story based on an original or adapted script.

Entertainment

Short films covering advertisements, music videos, animation and showreels.


All submitted entries will be judged by industry professionals using the following criteria:

Originality

The unexpected, something we haven't seen before, a subject explored in a new and different way.

Script

A great story, not just using words but pictures and sound too - this was a key criteria applied to all entries.

Target audience

An awareness of who will be watching the finished work and how effectively that audience will be engaged and kept interested.

Use of resources

The effective use of competent handling of all the available tools, from camera kits, sound equipment and editing software to graphics, voice over and music.

Creativity

The ability to use those resources to come up with something innovative, exciting and new.

Professionalism

The quality of the finished work, not just the technical production values but the overall approach, attitude and commitment demonstrated in the finished work.

Senior Professionally Supported Festival

Senior Professionally Supported Festival 2017

The RTS Young People’s Senior Professionally Supported Media Festival is open to students aged 14 - 19 years old. Call for entries are now open for 2018.

Entries can be part of a community or youth group, a school project or independent project. A project is considered independent if it is completed outside of a school/group. This award recognises the work of young people who have been supported by media professionals to develop media skills in the following categories:

Factual

A short film documenting or reporting on a non-fictional person or event – e.g. documentaries or news reports.

Drama

A short film telling a story based on an original or adapted script.

Entertainment

Short films covering advertisements, music videos, animation and showreels.


All submitted entries will be judged by industry professionals using the following criteria:

Originality

The unexpected, something we haven't seen before, a subject explored in a new and different way.

Script

A great story, not just using words but pictures and sound too - this was a key criteria applied to all entries.

Target audience

An awareness of who will be watching the finished work and how effectively that audience will be engaged and kept interested.

Use of resources

The effective use of competent handling of all the available tools, from camera kits, sound equipment and editing software to graphics, voice over and music.

Creativity

The ability to use those resources to come up with something innovative, exciting and new.

Professionalism

The quality of the finished work, not just the technical production values but the overall approach, attitude and commitment demonstrated in the finished work.

FAQs

What are the age categories?

The Senior Media Festival and Senior Professionally Supported Festival is for those aged between 14-19.

Who can enter?

Entries are welcomed from schools, community groups and clubs who work with young people and the media, although entries are also welcomed from individuals who wish to create films outside of these organisations.

Can I choose whatever subject I want for my film?

For the Senior Media Festival there are three categories: Factual, Drama, and Entertainment. If you have been working with an organisation to develop your media skills, you will need to submit in the Senior Professionally Supported category.

How many entries can I submit?

Groups, colleges and schools are invited to submit up to three entries per category. An individual can only submit one entry per category.

When do I submit my video?

Call for entries is now open and the deadline is Friday 16th March 2018.

I have included a musical soundtrack in my film, is this ok?

This is fine, as long as you have permission from the person or organisation who created the music. It is YOUR responsibility to gain copyright BEFORE you submit your entry. If you have any copyright queries please email Victoria Griffin, Festival Director at victoriajlgriffin@gmail.com.

What happens after I have submitted my form?

We will contact the supervising adult or teacher identified in the submission, regarding the event.

Will I get my work back?

Unfortunately we cannot return work.

When are the events?

The dates for both the Senior Media Festival and Senior Professionally Supported Festival will be announced in due course.

Contact details

For enquiries about the Festival contact:

If you have a technical issue with your submission contact: