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Dos and Don'ts


  • Students should feel free to interpret the theme in any way they want.
  • The video should be vibrant and interesting to watch and likely include people from the community being described.
  • They should always keep in mind that students and other people from very different cultures will be watching. Let them see something that truly captures the essence of their community.



  • Students should not make a short documentary about a distant topic unless it directly impacts their community.
  • In this competition, 'Climate Change - From crisis to action' refers to our present-day and future lives. Do not make a video about figures from history.
  • Students should not include their names within the video or video title.


How to make your entry stand out

Students must submit a live-action video focused on their world as they experience it. The video should show students have assessed local needs accurately. It should have been made specifically for this competition.

The video should highlight how the issues have been identified within a specific community and the effectiveness of the implemented social action plan. The video needs to present the positive changes or potential changes and demonstrate that community considerations have been taken into account. The aim should be to create a long-term impact.

Judging criteria

Judging criteria used at country, regional, and global levels are based on:

  • Content: the originality of the idea
  • Structure: the organisation and presentation of the idea
  • Visual design: the look and feel of the live action or animated style video
  • Overall experience: message comprehension and impact on the audience
  • Cultural sensitivity: presentation takes into account sensitivities of other cultures, countries, and regions and must not contain content that others might interpret as offensive. The video should focus on the impact on the community and how strongly the public message has been conveyed. The video must avoid political issues.

Tips and hints for making your film - watch the video below for useful tips from the Young Film Academy