Social Responsibility

JustFest Film Competition 2017

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:44:00 GMT

Our 2nd Annual JustFest Film Competition launches on 1 December 2016.

The competition is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to develop a short video (30 to 90 seconds) on an issue of social justice that matters to them and raise awareness of social justice to other students.

This is not a professional film competition, the films will be judged on how ideas are conveyed in a creative way and how they engage the audience. A phone, tablet, digital camera can be used for the filming.

Submissions will be open from the 1 December 2016 to 12 March 2017. The shortlist will be announced at a screening event with the prize winners being announced on 11 May at the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017.

Last year the grand prize was awarded to WHEN I SAY I by Ollie Thomson and the voting attracted over 9,500 views on YouTube from students, staff and the public.

Want to enter the JustFest Short Film Competition?

Here’s what you need to know...

  • There are 6 prizes up for grabs with the first 10 entries also winning cinema vouchers
  • Grand Prize - £400
  • People’s Choice - £200
  • 4 x Runners Up - £100

How to Apply

  • Choose a topic - an issue of social justice important to you
  • Plan your story - consider the rules and tips to make sure you’re on the right track
  • Create your film - check out the FAQs to guide you through the process
  • Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo – consider the guidelines for YouTube and Vimeo
  • Submit it – by clicking on this link.


  • Films must be between 30 and 90 seconds in length
  • You can submit as an individual or as a group
  • You can only enter the competition once
  • Upload your short film to YouTube or Vimeo and complete the online application form
  • The deadline for entries is Sunday 12 March 2017 at 23:59 – films entered after this date will not be considered
  • Films must be your independent work and comply with The University of Manchester regulations
  • The competition is open to all University of Manchester undergraduate students
  • Winning entries will be announced 11 May 2017 at the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

JustFest is the social justice element of our Ethical Grand Challenges programme for students

More information about the film competition is available on the Ethical Grand Challenges website.

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