6th July 2020

In February this year we launched the nationwide filmmaking competition for under 21’s RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW in conjunction with the Children’s Media Conference.

The competition asked young filmmakers to make a 1 minute film about about who they were, a film that would make the jury sit up and take notice, a film that shows us their world.

With the nationwide lockdown introduced mid-March, many of our talented young filmmakers now faced making their films by themselves during lockdown. However that clearly didn’t show in the breadth of creativity the shortlisting jury ha the pleasure of watching.

15 Finalist films have been chosen across the two categories:
16 and under directors
17-21 year old directors
Two winners will be chosen by industry delegates of the CMC.

A massive congratulations too…

16 and under category:
Anorexia by Roisin McMahon – PQA Brentwood
I’m Different by Esther-Mae Taylor – PQA Stockport
Jonas by Noah Wilkinson – PQA Wakefield
Reach by Eden Quine-Taylor
Sixty by Paula Szczyrba
Student of the Week by Charlie Hills – PQA Wickford
The Last Chance by Polina Sylantyeva – PQA Edinburgh
The Little Things Kill by Diana Ozola
This is a Film About Being Alive by Daisy Shaw
Why by Joshua Haith – PQA Nottingham

17 – 21 years category:
As The World Stops by Todd Greengrass
Let’s Stop There by Sam Oddie
Making Up Myself by Poppy Wright – PQA Harrogate
The Nairn Climate Strikers by Rowen Henderson
You Can Change The World by Rosharna Brade – PQA Derby

* The location of the Academy the filmmakers attends is listed if the director is a PQA student

Watch the short trailer below announcing the Finalists, and you can watch all 15 films in full here

If anybody is concerned about the issues raised in the Right Here, Right Now films it’s important that you talk to someone, such as a parent or responsible adult. There are many charities and organisations that offer support such as Young Minds, that offer mental health support specifically for young people.