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Award-winning films get prestigious British classification

This year’s Kids for Kids UK film competition has received a generous offer from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to classify this year’s Grand Prize winning entries.

Date 27/09/2013

Kids for Kids (KFK) UK, the County Durham-based children and young people’s filmmaking development organisation, continues to go from strength to strength.  The organisation has recently been chosen to run one of 38 BFI Film Network Academies which will bring new opportunities to young people in rural areas in the northern region.

In a surprise announcement, this year’s KFK UK film competition has also received a generous offer from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to classify this year’s Grand Prize winning entries.  The BBFC is the body that rates films according to their suitably for different age groups. All BBFC classified films carry the theatrical black card which prefaces the main programme.  It is a familiar icon for all film goers and shows the high regard given to the organisation in recognition of its dedicated high quality work.

KFK UK ran its first film competition and festival screening in County Durham in 2009 having received over 100 entries.  Last year the festival was hosted at the British Film Institute in London where it will also be held this year on October 26th screening the shortlisted entries from both the 6-12 years and 13-19 years age groups. 

KFK UK founder and director, Helen Ward, says:
“We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries from around the country this year and the incredibly high standard of the films that are being made especially by those young people who are making films on their own or with friends.”
This year’s entries have been judged by an international jury made up of industry professionals from around the world who have watched the films on-line and will then participate in an online debate to agree the winning entries.  Awards are given in different age categories for live action, animation and 1 minute films along with a Grand Prize in each age category for best overall film.
David Austin, Assistant Director and Head of Policy at the BBFC, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with classifying the Grand Prize winning films for the KFK UK film competition this year. Working with young people is integral to the BBFC and through our own education work, which involves visits to schools and film club events across the UK, we know that young people are interested in age ratings and why their favourite film received the classification it did. We wish all entrants the best of luck and look forward to classifying those films selected for a Grand Prize.”

Joanna van der Meer, Family Learning Officer for the BFI, said:

“This will really add something extremely special for the competition winners.  The competition is open to all filmmakers in the age groups, whether they be from schools, clubs or from individuals working alone or with friends and the standard is becoming higher and higher every year.  The competition is also run by film education specialists in various countries across Europe and around the world; it is a growing network of competitions that serves to unite communities – it’s for this reason that I undertook to support it in the UK.”



1. Kids for Kids UK is a registered community interest company working both nationally and internationally from a base in County Durham.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire the creative thinkers of the future, support the work of artists and filmmakers alongside the provision of a diverse workshop and events programme for children and young people to participate in.

2. KFK UK’s annual international film competition aims to inspire the filmmakers of the future and introduce young people to the possibility of a career in the creative industries.  Alongside the programming of an annual film competition KFK UK also provides an award winning workshop programme, valuable volunteering opportunities and international links across the world.

3.  The BBFC is an independent, private, not-for-profit company which classifies films, video on all physical formats (DVD and Blu-ray Disc for example) and certain video games, advertisements and trailers.  The BBFC operates transparent, well-understood and trusted co-regulatory and self-regulatory classification regimes, such as its digital video service, based on years of expertise and published Guidelines which reflect public opinion and the risk of harm; and is accountable to Parliament.

4.  The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK and since 2011 has combined a creative, cultural and industrial role as a Government arm's length body and distributor of National Lottery funds. Its key priorities are to support a vibrant UK film culture by investing in film education, audience access, filmmaking and film heritage. Founded in 1933 the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. www . bfi . org . uk
5.  The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film. Its funding partners include the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m for the programme, with the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen this year working with the BFI to take the Academy to every nation of the UK. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.  www . nfts . co . uk/bfi-film-acadmy
6.  The Kids for Kids UK BFI Film Academy will begin in November 2013 and will be led by film industry professionals from across the North. Participants will undertake a series of workshops and master classes and learn about script writing, producing, directing, cinematography and editing and go on to create their own short films, which will be premiered at The Gala Cinema in 2014.
For more information about Kids for Kids UK contact Helen on 01388 765002 or email
www . kidsforkidsuk . org

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