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Thank you for your interest in our short film competition. This is an incredibly important time for us at Meningitis Now. The vaccine for Meningitis B has been licensed but has yet to be introduced. A decision by the Government on whether it will be used is anticipated later this year. We are fighting for its introduction with our national campaign Beat it Now – and it is for this campaign that we need your film entry. The introduction of the vaccine will save lives.
To enter you must be enrolled and studying a film course at a university/college in the UK.
What we want
A powerful, engaging 1-3 minute video for our Meningitis B: Beat it Now campaign.
Meningitis can affect anyone, but the main at risk groups are babies and children under 5, and adolescents aged 14 – 24. First year university students are particularly vulnerable.
The winning video will be used on our website(s), YouTube channel and promoted via our social channels. It must stand-alone and provide a call to action to support the Beat it Now campaign.
Content and messaging
Meningitis kills and maims. It is the most common form of bacterial meningitis in the UK and can kill within hours of first feeling unwell. It is a disease people fear. There is a licensed meningitis B vaccine, but decisions not to introduce it will cost two children’s lives every week. Time lost = lives lost. Bring in the vaccine.
More information on the Beat it Now campaign and case studies can be found here.
There are no restrictions with regard to narration.
Our logo should be included on the title board. Downloadable logos are available in png form on the right of this page.
How to submit films
Submission for films is now open. Simply upload your video to YouTube, then share your video with us HERE between 12 - 22 November 2013. Invite your friends to vote for your video on the competition page.
Date for submission of films
Film submission dates: 10.00am Tuesday 12 November 2013 to 4.00pm Friday 22 November 2013. All entries must be uploaded between these dates. Voting opens on 12 November at 10.00am.
Closing date: Closing date for entries is 4pm Friday 22 November 2013
Judge- Ken Loach
British award winning film and TV director, Ken Loach, will be choosing the winning film from the shortlist of three – the two with the most votes and one selected by the Digital Team at Meningitis Now. Ken is a Patron of Meningitis Now, and has seen the impact of meningitis first-hand as his granddaughter suffered hearing loss as a result of having the disease.
Please enter your name, university and email address on the form below to register your interest and so we can contact you when submission is about to open.
Your information is secure, we promise not to release it to anyone else.
• We accept films of the following type: fiction live action, animation, and documentary
• To enter you must be enrolled and studying a film course at a university/college in the UK
• All films should be 1-3 minutes long including front and back credits/titles.
* Our logo should be included on the title board. (Download logos on the right of this page)
• All films must only use music for which you own the rights
• Multiple Directors are allowed but one must be designated to receive the award
• Films must be submitted between Tuesday 12 November and Friday 22 November 2013
• The closing date for submission is 1.00pm Friday 22 November 2013
• Three films will be shortlisted for final judging. The shortlist will consist of the two videos that receive the most ‘votes’ and a third video chosen by a panel of Meningitis Now judges. You are free to promote and encourage votes for your video
• The shortlist will be announced on our website on Monday 25 November 2013. The designated directors of the three shortlisted films will be notified by email
• Ken Loach will judge and select the winning film from the shortlist
• The Winner will be notified by Monday 9 December 2013 of their prize, posted on our site and video channel
Read about the campaign and our fight for the vaccine's introduction
Harley contracted meningitis when he was 4 years-old. Watch his story