Short Film Competition Launches!

At the end of April, Dorset Youth Association launched their short film competition. Each week, we'll announce a new theme for your short film on a Wednesday. You'll have until Sunday to get a film of no more than 3 minutes together and submitted to [email protected]. We recommend uploading to a cloud based storage facility like GoogleDrive, OneDrive or similar and emailing us the link to it, in case the files are too big to email across directly.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is aged 7 - 25 years old living in the Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas. If you're under the age of 10, you can have input from an adult in making your film if you would like.

What do we need to do?

Be creative! Take the theme and make something that is important to you, showing your view and experience of lockdown as a young person. You can use music, stop motion, animation... the only limit is your imagination. Once you've got your film together, you'll need to email it to: [email protected] with your name, age, Town/location and a name and contact number of a parent or guardian if you're under 18.

Is there anything we can't do?

The only thing we ask for is no swearing, illegal activity or harmful behaviour to be in your films please.

What can I win?

Each week there will be a new winner who will win a £10 Amazon e-voucher. If you win one week, you won't be able to win again for another 3 weeks, though you can still enter and gain commendations/judges awards!

How long will the competition run for?

At the moment we're taking each week as it comes, we envisage at least 3 weeks of the competition but this is subject to change. You can find all the latest information here or on our social media channels which are linked at the top of every webpage.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is Dorset Youth Association, charity number 306009 whose registered office is DYA HQ, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged between 7 – 25 living in Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch, except employees of Dorset Youth Association and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant and their legal parent/guardian are indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter can be found on and 
  6. Only one entry per person will be accepted for each theme. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Each theme competition will run for five days. Themes will be announced on a Wednesday and the competition will run until 23.59 on the Sunday. Dorset Youth Association will keep this competition running for 3 weeks in the first instance, but are at liberty to extend.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
    1. Each week a new theme will be released on Dorset Youth Association’s Facebook page on a Wednesday morning by noon
    2. Entrants are to make a film based on the week’s theme
    3. Films should be no more than 3 minutes long
    4. No expletives, illegal activity or harmful behaviour to be shown in the films
    5. Rules & laws surrounding the lockdown in England must be adhered to
    6. The use of music in your videos is optional, though encouraged
    7. Entries should be submitted to [email protected] along with the entrants name, age, Town & Location, parent/guardian name & contact number
    8. The competition will last for 5 days and will close to entries on 23.59 on the Sunday following the theme announcement
    9. Be as creative as possible!
    10. Entrants can enter as many themes/weeks as they wish, although only 1 entry per person per theme will be accepted. If an entrant wins a competition, they will not be eligible to win for a further 3 weeks. But will be able to gain a commendation
    11. Children under the age of 10 can create their film with adult support if required. If over the age of 10, it must be all the entrants own work
    12. There must be a minimum of 4 entries per theme to ensure fair judging
  10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  11. Dorset Youth Association also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  12. The prize is as follows: 1 x £10 Amazon e-voucher per theme. The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  13. Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges appointed by the Promoter Charity, all of whom will be young people of Dorset.
  14. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  15. The promoter will email the e-voucher once contact has been made with the winner.
  16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her first name, town and entry into the competition on Dorset Youth Association’s social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter). Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  19. The winner’s name will be available on Dorset Youth Association’s social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).
  20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You are providing your information to Dorset Youth Association and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at